Row of artist paintbrushes closeup on artistic canvas.

Scottsdale’s Casey Cheuvront will be among 14 Arizona artists participating in the first Plein Air Art Festival in October in Prescott this week.

Sponsored by Highlands Center for Natural History and the City of Prescott, the event features live outdoor painting Oct. 1–3 followed by a reception and a sale event Oct. 4 and an online sale Oct. 6–17.

“Prescott has some gorgeous spots, and I am so looking forward to painting there again,” said Cheuvront, who paints and creates ceramic art in her studio in far northeast Scottsdale, where she lives with her husband, John Bergquist.

 “I know we’ll have a few days to paint, so I plan to hit more than one of the painting locations,” she added. “I am really looking forward to painting some ‘real’ trees!”

“In plein air” artists hope to capture the spirit of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, color and movement into their art, explained Janet Humphrey, one of the event coordinators.

The public can observe and speak with the artists as they work dawn to dusk at seven sites, chosen to celebrate Prescott’s diverse landscape.

From 1-7 p.m. Oct. 4, the paintings completed in the previous three days will be displayed during the reception and sale in The Finn, Touchmark at the Ranch, 3150 Touchmark Blvd. The ticketed event will incorporate the CDC guidelines with staggered arrival times. The online sale of the remaining paintings will take place at 32auctions.com/pleinair2020.

“Our goal is to make the Highlands Center Annual Prescott Plein Air Festival a sustainable event for the artists, the public and the community, inspiring reverence for nature through art,” said Humphrey.

Cheuvront learned about the event from Bill Cramer, a friend, mentor and fellow artist who lives in Prescott. 

She primarily works in oils, sometimes mixed water media, focusing on landscapes and skies of the Southwest, with some wildlife paintings. 

In the studio, her style is for the most part realism; outside she tends toward impressionism.

“I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making something,” she said, noting that she also made functional pottery until about three years ago when damaged joints made this challenging.

Tickets for the event are available at prescottpleinairfest.eventbrite.com. To see the artists’ bios and samples of their work and the various painting sites, please see highlandscenter.org/prescott-plein-air/. Also, call 928-776-9550 for more information.