Plein Air Painters of the Bluegrass

2019 Calendar


*Paint-Outs begin at 9:00am unless otherwise indicated. Contact person determines the exact start time, decision to cancel due to weather, and sends out reminder email’s one week in advance. 


If a Paint-Out is canceled due to bad weather, members can elect to paint at Artists Attic, Main and Broadway, Lexington but please call 859-254-5501 to insure availability.


Please check this calendar periodically as dates and places may change.






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Members/Contacts: Click here for a list of planned locations and choose a date for your location and email it to He will then update this web page.




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Monday, March 30th


Dan McGrath

2019 Planning Meeting -at Artists Attic 6:00pm for our yearly planning meeting and Pizza dinner.  Bring ideas for paint-outs and other activities. We’ll brainstorm our ideas and develop a schedule of paint outs.






Wednesday April 24th

Alice Leininger

Paint-Out at Bob Riddles farm on Fishers Mill Rd in Midway. His farm is on  Elkhorn Creek, we can drive down to the creek and he has bathrooms for us to use. There are barns, tractors, fields etc. to paint along with the creek and his beautiful old white house.


Directions are:

Take West Main St in Lexington towards Midway. This road becomes Leestown Rd. Stay on it. Go past the left turn to Midway, staying on Leestown Rd. Make a right on Fishers Mill Road, then left onto his driveway.







Wednesday May 1st 


Betty BeShoar

Evening paint out at Mike Larimore’s farm.  His address is 2385 Sullivan Lane.

We can meet at my house, (2390 Sullivan Lane, Frankfort) and carpool back together, or go directly back there. It is a bit tricky if you have never been there. Either way is fine with me.


Directions: From Lexington, take US 60 (Versailles Road) to Frankfort, turn right on US 127N towards Owenton, follow US127N, make a right on KY 1262, turn right on US 1262 South..






Wednesday May 15th 4:00pm

Julia Pezzi

Afternoon Paint-Out – in Versailles at the farm of Flora Garner-Platt, which has a number of outbuildings, barns, and cattle,


 Directions from Lexington:

Take US 60 into downtown Versailles.

Take a right on Main Street.

At the first light you come to take a hard left on Elm Street

The farm is exactly one mile out on the right.

Turn in the farm driveway, fire gate #2, and drive back to the little house and barn in the rear where you can park.






Saturday May 18th

Tay Breene

Paint Out at the Farm of Tay Breene & Mac Reid – Marvelous collection of subject matter: buildings, pastures, creek. 493 Garriot Lane, Harrodsburg, KY.


Directions from Lexington: take Versailles Road, right onto Bluegrass Parkway, take exit 59a, left on US 127 South, 6.5 miles to right on Garriot Road, then 1 mile to left on Garriot Lane! (38 minutes from downtown Lexington.)







Wednesday June 5th 4:00pm

Roger Snell

Paint-Out at the Lutheran country church near Stanford is in the little community of Ottenheim. The exact address for your GPS is 4115 Ky Highway 643, Waynesburg, Ky. Immanuel Lutheran Church celebrates more than 130 years of history with a community fund-raiser and auction in August. They have offered to auction any of your paintings, if you wish, by opening with a $100 minimum bid and giving you 60 percent of the proceeds if any of you are interested.


Eunice Schlappi, one of the long-time generations of church members, will be on site with us and will share the history. Her mother is an oil painter, and I’m trying to encourage her to join us, too. They are happy to accommodate us. If it rains, this is a Paint-In inside the ornately decorated chapel. We will have restroom access.


My cell is 502-229-0426 on the day of the event.







Saturday June 8th

Cancelled due to probable high water, to be rescheduled.

Helen Powell

Paint-Out at Clint Newman’s Farm, Versailles; Here are the directions to the paint out at the Newman Farm, Troy Pike (KY 33) south of Versailles in Woodford County.


From Lexington follow Versailles Road (US 60) west and merge right onto the Bluegrass Parkway. Leave the parkway at exit 68 (KY 33).  Turn left(south) onto KY 33. Stay on KY 33 for 6.8 miles and turn left at fire gate 96. Two limestone pillars inscribed with the name " Stone Castle" flank the drive. Follow the drive east for a half mile until you see the historic stone house, barns, and Clear Creek.


I will be there before 9. We will need to know who is planning to come in case we have to reschedule due to rain or high water. Would you prefer to have everyone contact you or to text me? My number is 859-533-1086.

if you need anything else from me, please let me know, Helen Powell.






Saturday June 15th

Cissy Hamilton

Paint Out at Lexington Farmers’ Market, Cheapside St Downtown Lexington. Paint the hustle and bustle of the farmers’ market Saturday morning. A good opportunity to practice your “quick draw” skills. Lots of places to have lunch afterward.







Wednesday June 26th


(This is a reschedule from previous week)

Dan McGrath

Paint Out at Shaker Village, Harrodsburg, KY – Meet at the parking lot of the Trustees Building at 9:00am until around noon.  Then plan to meet for lunch at  a place of our choice.


Directions from Lexington: Follow Harrodsburg Road across the Kentucky River, then look for Shaker Village on the right, pull into the driveway, then right into the parking lots. Questions. Call me 859-608-7042.


Wednesday July 10th 

Marianna McDonald 

Paint-Out at Lucinda Masterton farm at 4857 Payne’s Mill Rd.
Horses, barns and beautiful flower beds - day Lilies in bloom. 


Directions from Lexington:

Get on Versailles Road

Right on VanMeter Road (Ky 1969)

Left on Elkchester Road

Right on Redd Road

Left on Paynes Mill Road

Contact is Marianna McDonald






Summer Break






Saturday August 10th 8:00am-2:00pm

Vicki Wenz

Paint the Small Town 4: Gateway Regional Arts Center’s Annual Plein Air Event - 8am-2pm Reception 5-7pm @ Gateway Regional Arts Center 101 East Main Street Mt. Sterling, KY 40353. Event coordinator: Vicki Wenz,, 859.585.1247






July 26th-September 1st

Dan McGrath

Plein Air Painters Show at Lexington Downtown Library Atrium – Please bring 2-3 framed works to Artists Attic, MainStreet Lexington by July 18th

At that time they will be juried. Works should be framed, wired on the back for hanging, labeled securely on the back with your name, title, medium, size, price, your email and telephone number. Place works in Studio B. Any questions, contact Dan McGrath at email

Please attend the reception Friday July 26th 6:00-8:00pm.






Thursday September 26th

Dan McGrath

PaintOut at Jack Jouett House/Historical Site, 255 Craig’s Creek Road, Versailles. Directions:


Take Versailles Road to Bluegrass Parkway to Route 33 exit, then left onto Route 33, right onto Scott’s Ferry Road, then right onto Craig’s Creek Road.





Thursday-Saturday October 17-19th, 2019



October 21st to 23rd  



Dan McGrath

Plein Air Painting Workshop with nationally ranked artist Kim Casebeer. We’re excited that Kim has agreed to conduct two back-to-back 3-day plein air workshops in Lexington. Focus will be in the areas of composition and color. End-of-day critiques at Artists Attic. Minimum class size 10. Maximum14. Plenty of individual attention.   To see her work click here.   Enroll now, only a few seats left.


Cost for the 3-day workshop is $400.  To enroll, email  and send a check for $100, to hold your spot to


Ann Bass

1212 Indian Mound Rd.

Lexington, KY 40502


Make the check payable to


Plein Air Painters of the Bluegrass











Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

Dan McGrath

End of Year Paint Out and Dinner at Shaker Village – Meet about 4:00pm and paint until 6:30pm. Dinner at 6:30-7:00pm in the Trustees Building. Spouses welcome.


Reservations required, RSVP to Dan by Monday October 28th.






*Paint-Outs begin at 9:00am unless otherwise indicated


Updated 10/27/19