October 12 -15, 2023 In Alexandria, Louisiana

Palette Party Awards Ceremony & Art Sale

Sunday, October 15 4:00PM FREE and Open to The Public

Interested in getting involved?

Sponsor the festival, offer a purchase award, or host a visiting artist by contacting us at or 318- 443-3458

The Alexandria Museum of Art invites you to celebrate their signature arts event, the Farm to Forest Plein Air Festival. This five-day festival will bring artists to Central Louisiana to paint "en plein air" - outdoors!

Artists will be in the city as well as surrounding farms, nurseries and Kisatchie National Forest painting the abundant natural beauty of our area.

Festival Schedule

Event Details: The Farm to Forest Plein Air Festival will be held October 12-15, 2023 in Alexandria, Louisiana at the Alexandria Museum of Art (933 Second Street, Alexandria, LA 71301). Please see below for schedule of events.

Thursday, 10/12/2310 am
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
6 pm
6:30 pm - 8 pm
Artist Check In at AMoA
Quick Paint Challenge in Historic Downtown Alexandria
Juror announces Awards
Dinner at AMoA (tickets required)
Friday, 10/13/23All DayFree Paint - Museum open for art drop off 10 am- 2 pm
Saturday, 10/14/23All Day
12 pm
Free Paint - Museum open for art drop off 10 am- 4 pm
Juror's Demo at AMoA
Sunday, 10/15/2312 pm
4 pm
Deadline for artists to turn in works at the museum
Palette Party Awards Ceremony and Art Sale at AMoA
Monday, 10/16/239 am - 4:30 pmJuror's Workshop with John P. Lasater, IV
(separate fee and registration required)

Don't forget to purchase tickets for the dinner, and register for the workshop.




2023 Juror John P. Lasater IV

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, John P. Lasater IV is an award-winning artist who now lives, paints and teaches in Siloam Springs, located in the beautiful hills of Northwest Arkansas. Lasater once known for his impressionistic style and bravado brushwork, has recently evolved under the mentorship of Jerusalem Master, Israel Hershberg, as well as from his travels to Italy and in depth historical and experimental self-studies. His recent works have matured to a quieter, more thought out and simplistic approach, giving himself more time and focus on each painting.

Lasater has been a main figure on the plein air scene for several years, considered by many to be one of the best in the genre in American outdoor painting. He has won many awards including Best of Show twice in Easels in Frederick, Best of Show twice in the Plein Air Southwest Salon, and Best of Show in Plein Air Rockies just to name a few. Most recently Lasater has taken to his studio where he is creating more calculated and ambitious works, and although outdoor painting will likely always hold an important place in his process, he believes these new studio works to be the next step for him in his trek to wherever he is going. (Written by Jason Sacran)

2022 Plein Air Awards

Congratulations to our Winners and Honorable Mentions!

 First Place - $1,000

Fresh Fish

Elizabeth Osborne - Atlanta, GA

Second Place - $750

Richie Vios - Austin, TX

Third Place - $500
49 and the Garden of Memories

Andrew Liles - New Orleans

Honorable Mentions

Morning Serenity

Sabrina Schmidt

Evening Light near Bland

Nanci Charpentier


Dana Mosby



Artist's Choice

Richie Vios from Austin, TX
Prize: 1/4 page ad in Plein Air Magazine

Community Partners

For More Information on Sponsorship, Contact AMoA Director of Development & Community Relations Olivia Helmer at 318-443-3458 or