The festival will take place, rain or shine, May 15 - 16, 2020.

Up Your Arts and city officials put Southport back on that map last year by offering an expanded menu of activities involving the painters with area art students, visiting families, and our community at large. The program was such a success, we plan to do it all again: a painting workshop and art auction, along with an early evening winery reception and visits to local galleries, supervised plein air for children with art supplies provided, and up close and personal exposure to remarkable talent at work. A wet paint sale on the last day of the festival showcases the artists’ freshly completed work.

The 2020 Southport Plein Air is open to all painters, regardless of age. It is a non-juried event, with merit and People’s Choice awards conferred by established local artists. Winners will be registered in the 2021 Southport Plein Air Festival free of charge. There is no limit on medium, quantity or size. Painters retain all proceeds from the sale of their work during the wet paint sale.


Bonnie Bray

Downtown Southport
Southport, NC 28461

(301) 741-6698

Updated April 4, 2020