Artists painting on the prairie in De Smet


DE SMET — Artists, fiddlers, workshops for all ages, art sales and good times will be free to everyone all weekend in De Smet as the 10th annual Plein Air ‘Paint Out ‘ will be held from Friday, Aug. 10 – 12.
Featured will be new events such as a fiddlers ‘jam’ session on the porch at the Homestead on Saturday night and van tours of the Harvey Dunn birthplace near Manchester.
Over 70 artists from five states are expected to be painting on canvasses all around De Smet all weekend. There is something for everyone who enjoys art and music as all artists and spectators are invited to enjoy. It is the longest running Plein Air event in South Dakota.

Schedule of Events

Friday - Registration and painting by the artists takes place all day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Society headquarters, 103 Olivet Ave, in De Smet. Artists should bring canvas ready to be stamped as they register. A fun reception giving everyone an opportunity to meet the artists will take place on the lawn of the Society beginning at 5 p.m.
Saturday - Registration and the activities move to the Ingalls Homestead southeast of De Smet. The public is invited to watch the artists as they paint throughout the De Smet area all day. Renowned artists Jan Sohl, from Rapid City, and Charlene Fleming from Willow Lake, will give free demonstrations using watercolors and pastels at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on the porch at the Homestead. Karen Kinder from Brookings, will give a free Children’s Workshop on Saturday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., for ages eight and up. A reception with the Fiddlers of South Dakota playing begins at 6 p.m. Any one is welcome to bring instruments to join in.
Sunday - The paintings created will be available to purchase at a wet sale of all artist’s work from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the spacious De Smet Events Center, 705 Wilder Lane, west of De Smet. The Harvey Dunn Award and Artist’s & People Choice Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. Cash awards are sponsored by American Bank and Trust and De Smet Farm Mutual Insurance Company.
This has become a popular event for the public to attend and to purchase original works or art that are scenes from the local area. Artists of all levels are encouraged to participate and those who love art but do not draw or paint get the opportunity to watch and enjoy. All events are open to the public, including workshops, with no admission charge and free registration for the artists.
Information is available at www.desmetsd.com. Learn details by contacting Rita Anderson at 605-203-0216, [email protected] or [email protected]


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