Local artists will add a splash of more color to our 40th birthday celebration September 20-22 by hosting a “Paint Out” during the three-day weekend. Members of the Plano Art Association, Southwestern Watercolor Society, and Outdoor Painters Society will be painting on-site in a designated tent and they’ll also have pieces on display to browse or buy.


“Be on the lookout for easels and brushes, and several professional artists adding more color to the 40th Birthday Celebration at the Plano Balloon Festival 2019.

The Outdoor Painters Society, Plano Art Association, and Southwestern Watercolor Society will be on the fair grounds for an “en plein air” event.  “En Plein Air” is French and, artistically, means painting in the open air.

Artist will have access to the Festival beginning Friday at 4pm.  They will be able to paint throughout the day on Saturday (6am – 10pm) as well.  On Sunday, the artists will meet in a designated area to display and offer their work for sale.  Stop by and meet the artists and cast your vote for the “People’s Choice” award.” — Irma Ward, Outdoor Painters Society, Director of Paint Out Events

Local artists are invited to participate in the paint out event. For information on how to register, contact



About Outdoor Painters Society

OPS is a 501c6 non-for-profit group formed in 1996.  The mission was to create opportunities and incentive for artists of like mind to come together and paint en plein air, as the Impressionists painters did in the 19th century.  The current plein air movement expanded and now the organization has grown to 400 strong.  According to Irma Ward, Director of Paint Outs, “OPS organizes 7-8 paint outs a year. Events are held all around the south and southwest, from Arkansas to the Grand Canyon.

OPS is host of Plein Air Southwest, a “members only” juried event that attracts national attention and is promoted in major art magazines.  Plein Air Southwest has earned the reputation as one of the premier events of spring.  In 2019, prize money will total $25,000.

OPS is open to all artists interested in painting outdoors, as well as collectors and supporters who want to stay close to the group.  The OPS promote the tradition of plein air painting and provides opportunities for emerging artists to socialize and learn from professionals.  For more information visit


About Plano Art Association


Plano Art Association is dedicated to encouraging the visual arts development of the membership and inspiring awareness of the visual arts by sharing the joy, passion and beauty within and beyond the Plano community.


The association has served Plano artists for five decades. As a nonprofit membership organization with more than 100 members, it has remained a beacon in the art community. It has brought visibility to its member artists through high profile exhibits. It has held its regular meetings in venues all over Plano; currently most monthly meetings are held at ArtCentre of Plano.  For information, contact or visit the website: .


About Southwestern Watercolor Society


Southwestern Watercolor Society (SWS) is a nonprofit organization and is open to anyone interested in promoting Watercolor and Water media. We invite artists, future artists and non-artists at all levels of experience to join us.


In the more than 50 years since we were chartered by the State of Texas, in Dallas, SWS has grown to be one of the largest watercolor societies in the nation with about 400 members. Many of its members have earned national signature status in other watercolor societies. Many SWS members have paintings accepted in open juried competitions throughout the United States each year. Please visit our website to learn more and attend a monthly member meeting.  For more information visit




For More Information:


Irma Ward, Director of Paint Out Events

Outdoor Painters Society

Phone (817)874-3032

We have no physical address; our office is the great outdoors.


Gene Dillard, President

Plano Art Association

P.O. Box 861508

Plano, TX 75086

President Phone Number (214)403-9171




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