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Artists get ready to paint en plein air with 11th Alberni Valley Paint Out

This year’s event on Sept. 9 and 10 will be hosted by Alberni Art Rave
The 11th annual Alberni Valley Paint Out will take place Sept. 9 and 10, 2023. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Artists in Port Alberni are once again gearing up for the annual en plein air Paint Out.

This year, 2023, marks the 11th annual Alberni Valley Paint Out and artists are again invited to gather and respond to the Valley’s diverse landscape on Saturday, Sept. 9 and Sunday, Sept. 10.

This year’s event will be organized by Alberni Art Rave. Art Rave invites artists of all skills and mediums to the Alberni Valley Paint Out, an event held in conjunction with the International Plein Air Painters. This organization is hosting the 21st Annual Great Worldwide Paint Out on the same weekend.

On Saturday, artists will be able to enjoy access to a private property on the shores of Sproat Lake. The extensive gardens and expansive views across the lake to the mountains beyond will offer inspiration and options for a variety of creative interpretation.

On Sunday, the group will gather at Harbour Quay, which offers views up the inlet and Beaufort Range. In addition, it’s a short stroll to the new Tyee Landing waterfront walkway with views of the old mill site.

In the past, artists of all levels of skill and experience have participated in this event, including novices to prize-winning professional plein air pastel artist, D.F. Gray, whose work shows in New York and in Plein Air magazine.

For information or to register your interest, please contact Jillian Mayne at 250-735-8430 or Follow Art Rave on Facebook at AlberniArtRave or at