White River Artists

Plein Air 2017 pre-registration form



May 3-6 2017


Judge: Patrick Saunders LPAPA, OPA

Watercolor Plein Air Workshop, May 1 & 2, Oil with judge Patrick Saunders. Limited to 15 students

2017 Plein Air on the White River workshop info


This once a year plein air painting event is held in conjunction with the Annual Cotter Trout Festival.  Participating artists come to Cotter, Arkansas for four days of painting on location within a thirty mile radius of Big Spring Park, located on the beautiful White River, in Cotter.  This is a great four days of plein air painting and activities with fellow artists from several surrounding states.


During this event, artists will be creating original paintings of the northern Arkansas Twin Lakes Area. White River Artists will host a reception, awards ceremony, art show, and sale where the public can meet the artists and purchase paintings of local scenes.

The activities and events of the Cotter Trout Festival, plus allowing the artists to paint within a 30 mile radius of Cotter, give plein air artists a taste of small town America and untold painting opportunities.


For additional information call Dana Johnson- 870-656-2057


What is Plein Air painting?

Plein Air means that the painting is done outside rather than in a studio.  The term comes from the French en plein air, meaning ‘in the open air’. Painting in outdoor location reacting to the light at the moment.





Mission Statement:

The mission of the White River Artists is to inform, encourage, and educate regional artists and the general public about the personal rewards and creative opportunities associated with plein air painting.

History of White River Artists:

The organization presently known as White River Artists was founded in 2009 as the Cotter Trout Festival Artists.

In 2010, due to the growth of its plein air event in the northern Arkansas Twin Lakes Area, officially the organization became the White River Artists.

In 2012, White River Artists achieved 501(c)(3) status.

White River Artists is affiliated with the Ozark Regional Arts Council (formerly known as Artists League of the Ozarks).


Plein Air 2017 pre-registration form