Schedule of Events

UPDATE:  With the safety of our Artists, Volunteers and Public as our highest priority, the 2020 the Black Hills Plein Air Paintout will continue in a simplified structure with some cuts to the schedule, but artists will still be meeting in the beautiful Black Hills in September to do what they love. All are welcome to join us for the events below!


Artists! Let us know you’re coming! No registration fees or forms this year, but kindly RSVP by email or phone so we know to expect you! 

Sandy Newman: 605-390-2927 | sandranewman@live.com

Tim Peterson: 605-642-5794  | tim@timpetersonstudio.com


Friday, September 25th

9a-4p Plein Air Painting at Sylvan Lake.  Artists will be set up and painting outdoors at the picturesque Sylvan Lake.  Meander along the trails to observe the artists painting this iconic scene from various viewpoints.

4p-5p Artists will be taking a dinner break and setting up their finished paintings at the InsideOut  courtyard.

5p-7p Visitors will have the opportunity to view the finished paintings and purchase your favorites at the beautiful and spacious InsideOut courtyard gallery! (105 poplar St. Hill City, SD)

Saturday, September 26th

9a-4p Plein Air Painting in Hill City.  Artists will be set up and painting outdoors around the downtown area of Hill City.  Stroll along and keep your eyes open for your chance to observe artists painting live.

4p-5p Artists will be taking a dinner break and setting up their finished paintings at the InsideOut  courtyard.

5p-7p  Visitors will have the opportunity to view the finished paintings and purchase your favorites at the beautiful and spacious InsideOut courtyard gallery! (105 poplar St. Hill City, SD)

We are so grateful to be able to host this great event. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust to accommodate the changes and challenges we’ve all faced due to COVID-19. Please keep in mind that BHAPAPO 2020 is an anomaly and we plan to have our regular event in 2021, which includes a Quick Draw event, a live auction, artist’s reception with awards and a downtown gallery walk. We can’t wait to get back to all the things that make this event fantastic.

The Black Hills Plein Air Paint-Out gathers artists in the Black Hills of South Dakota to paint the beautiful Black Hills on the last weekend of September.

This area offers intimate scenes of Black Hills granite, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy
Horse Memorial, prairie, meadows, aspens, lakes, streams, wildlife, the Mickelson Trail, and history.

For additional information or questions please contact:
Tim at 605-645-7196 or tim@timpetersonstudio.com
Sandy at 605-390-2927 or sandranewman@live.com

The Black Hills Plein Air Paint-Out is organized by the Artists of the Black Hills and the Hill City Arts Council.

Artists of the Black Hills is an area organization of professional artists, artisans, and galleries with a common goal of establishing
the Black Hills region as a prime source for art of the highest quality. ABH works with regional arts organizations and
commercial entities to foster greater growth and appreciation of the Black Hills as an art center.

Hill City Arts Council envisions the community of Hill City as a community embracing the arts. Its mission is to nurture and
support the arts and humanities as well as helping to boost the creative economy by offering arts and music events to show
their motto is “Small Town, Big Art.”

Black Hills Plein Air Paint Out Photo Gallery