I began plein air painting about 10 years ago by joining a local gallery, the Wallkill River School. They go on weekly painting expeditions around Orange County. Eventually, I branched out and participated in my first plein air festival in the Adirondacks. I got spend time in a beautiful place, sold some paintings, won an award or two and I was hooked. Since then, I've traveled to festivals in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Maine. Next month I'll really push my boundaries by painting in Sante Fe's Plein Air Festival. In keeping track of paint outs I might like to try I realized that the nearest festivals are all 3 or more hours from my home in the Hudson Valley. How it it possible that the place that inspired America's first great art movement, the Hudson River School, does not have it's own plein air festival? I'm working with a team of artists from the Wallkill River School to create a Hudson Valley festival this October. Artists will be given an extensive map of locations where they can sit and paint where Hudson River School painters created masterpieces 150 years before. If you are interested in more information or applying see the website at: Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival.