Eureka Springs School of the Arts (ESSA) is pleased to present the
3rd Annual Eureka Springs Plein Air Festival

Artists are invited to come and paint historic, architecturally preserved downtown Eureka Springs and the surrounding breathtaking views of the Ozarks in Northwest Arkansas. ESPAfest events include paint-outs, a quick-draw event, and juried competition with prizes awarded during a public art exhibit and art sale.

May 21-24, 2018

Pre-Registration deadline is April 22, 2018

  • Walk-up price will be $35. a day (or daily) to participate after April 22.
  •  Registration is $95.00, Monday-Thursday including dinner on Thursday for one.
  •  $35.00 for a la carte, one day registration for daily paint outs.
  •  $10.00 to purchase dinner for a guest on the final evening
  •  Artist Booth Rental is available (limited booths available) for $75. Up to two registered artists may share a booth. Artists will be provided with a space and 6ft. table. Artists must provide their own easels, art panels/screens, etc. The booths must be set up on the first day, prior to the opening day public art show and sale, and torn down on the final day following the final public show/sale time. Booths are for sale of Plein Air paintings ONLY. This may include pieces created prior to the event or pieces created during the event that aren’t entered for judging.


More info: ESPAfest Guidelines and Information available here.

Contact ESSA for more information at 479-253-5384.

Historic ES&NA Railway
Sweet Spring
Eureka Springs Architeture

2018 Eureka Springs Plein Air Festival Calendar of Events ~ Register Below

SUNDAY ~ MAY 20
3:00-6:00 pm Early Check-in/Canvas Stamping  Brews*
MONDAY ~ MAY 21
7:00 am Check-in/Canvas Stamping ES & NA Railway**
Sunrise-5 pm Paint Out ES & NA Railway
3:00-5:00 pm Turn in painting of the day Inn of the Ozarks***
3:00-7:00 pm Art Sale  Inn of the Ozarks***
6:00-7:00 pm Public Viewing, People’s Choice Selection, Art Sale, Cash Bar Inn of the Ozarks
TUESDAY, MAY 22
7:00 am Early Check-in/Canvas Stamping Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library Annex****
Sunrise to 5:00 pm Paint Out Natural Springs of Eureka
3:00-5:00 pm Turn in painting of the day Inn of the Ozarks***
3:00-7:00 pm Art Sale  Inn of the Ozarks***
6:00-7:00 pm Public Viewing, People’s Choice Selection, Art Sale, Cash Bar Inn of the Ozarks
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23
7:00 am Early Check-in/Canvas Stamping Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library Annex****
Sunrise to 5:00 pm Paint Out Architecture of Eureka Springs
3:00-5:00 pm Turn in painting of the day Inn of the Ozarks***
3:00-7:00 pm Art Sale  Inn of the Ozarks***
6:00-7:00 pm Public Viewing, People’s Choice Selection, Art Sale, Cash Bar Inn of the Ozarks
THURSDAY, MAY 24
7:00 am Check-in/Canvas Stamping Basin Spring Park*****
Sunrise to 2:00 pm Half Day Paint Out Historic Downtown & Surrounding Areas
9:30 am – Noon Quick Draw Event (check-in: 9:30 am; event begins: 10:00 am) Basin Spring Park*****
3:00 pm Turn in painting of the day and one nocturne painting (optional) Inn of the Ozarks***
3:00-7:00 pm Art Sale  Inn of the Ozarks***
3:30-4:00 pm Purchase Prize Selection Inn of the Ozarks
4:00-5:30 pm Judging for Best of Show and additional prize catagories Inn of the Ozarks
5:30-8:00 pm Dinner, Art Show and Sale Inn of the Ozarks
5:30-6:30 pm People’s Choice Voting Inn of the Ozarks
6:30 pm Remarks and Awards Inn of the Ozarks
8:00 pm It’s a Wrap, Artists Pack Up Inn of the Ozarks

* Brews, 2 Pine Street, Eureka Springs
** ES & NA Railway, 299 North Main Street, Eureka Springs
*** Inn of the Ozarks, 207 W Van Buren, Eureka Springs
**** Eureka Springs Carnegie Library Annex, 194 Spring Street, Eureka Springs
***** Basin Spring Park, 8 Spring St, Eureka Springs

Registration Fees

Monday, May 21

$35

Per Day

Tuesday, May 22

$35

Per Day

Wednesday, May 23

$35

Per Day

Thursday, May 24

$35

Per Day

All Events

$95

Includes All Days & Events

Guest and Artist Booth Fees


Guest Fee

$10

Dinner Thursday
Per Guest

Artist Booth Fee

$75

Per Art Show Booth