September 25th-28th, 2019

Sylvan Lake | Hill City Senior Center, 227 Walnut Ave | Downtown, Hill City

Schedule of Events

If you love the beauty of the Black Hills, you won’t want to miss a chance to take home one-of-a-kind artwork painted on-site in the Black Hills! Watch artists painting live in action at various locations! View all of the work painted by the artists each day at the Hill City Senior Center!

Wednesday, September 25:

Painting at Sylvan Lake
Artists will meet at Sylvan Lake to paint this iconic landscape throughout the day.  Meander your way along the trails to see the artists set up and painting live!

Nocturne painting  Keep your eyes open for Black Hills Plein Air artists painting at night! After dusk, the artists will be out painting the beautiful night scenes the Black Hills has to offer.

Thursday, September 26:

Artists will paint around the Hills and Custer State Park area.

View the paintings created from the day before at the Senior Center from 8 am.-4 p.m.

Gallery Walk. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., downtown Hill City will host a gallery walk by Hill City’s galleries, showing original artwork by regional artists. Here are the participating galleries!

  • InsideOut
  • Dakota Nature & Art
  • Jon Crane Gallery
  • ArtForms
  • Jewel of the West
  • Stage Stop Leather & Gifts
  • Warrior’s Work & Ben West Gallery

Here’s how to win our BHPAPO door prize during the gallery walk:

Pick up an Entry Card at any of the participating galleries. Visit each gallery to get your Entry Card stamped. All participating galleries must be on the card to be eligible for the prize.  Visitors will have until 7:30 to place their stamped entry card into a receptacle at Warrior’s Work.  Here’s our suggested route!

  • Insideout – Start Here!  Enjoy a S’More and pick up your Entry Card.
  • Then stroll Main Street to visit galleries and watch plein air artists paint “Nocturne” in Hill City.
  • Dakota Nature & Art
  • Jon Crane Gallery
  • ArtForms
  • Jewel of the West
  • Stage Stop Leather & Gifts
  • Warrior’s Work & Ben West Gallery – End Here! Your final party destination where artists will gather, we’ll talk about Plein Air painting and draw for the door prize– must be present to win.

Nocturne Painting. During the gallery walk and continuing into the night, artists will be challenged to paint night scenes of downtown Hill City.

Gallery Talk. At 7:00 p.m., Learn about about plein air and nocturne painting during this presentation at the Warrior’s Work & Ben West Gallery,  277 Main Street  Hill City, SD  57745

Friday, September 27:

Artists will paint around the Hills and Custer State Park area.

View the paintings created from the first 2 days at the Senior Center from 8 am.-3p.m.

The Hill City Senior Center venue will be closed to artists and the public for jurying from 3 to 5pm.

Purchase Award Sponsors are allowed a private early viewing from 5-6pm to make their selections.

Artists’ Reception (free and open to the public) Between 6-8p.m., meet the artists at the Hill City Senior Center and see all of the artwork painted on-site in the Black Hills from the past 3 days! This is your chance to vote for your favorite scene of the Black Hills! Votes will be collected and tallied at the reception to decide the People’s Choice award.

Awards At 7:30 p.m. artist awards will be announced, including Best of Show, People’s Choice, Honorable Mention and Best Nocturne.

Saturday, September 28:

View all of the paintings created during the entire event at the Senior Center from 8 am.-4 p.m.  Today is your last chance to take home your favorite!

Quick Draw and Auction. Between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. in downtown Hill City, artists have only two hours to capture a scene and create a finished painting. One artist will be awarded the prize for the the Best Quick Draw. The artworks created during this event will be auctioned off immediately afterward on Main Street downtown, with proceeds going to the Hill City Club for Boys and Girls.


Hosted by: Artists of the Black Hills and Hill City Arts Council with support from the SouthDakota ArtsCouncil.

Thank you to last year’s generous Black Hills Plein Air Paint out Sponsors!

Jon & Gail Crane

Mike & Sarah Hanson Family

Hill City Evergreen Garden Club

Charles & Sharon Piper

Hill City Chamber of Commerce

Hill City Senior Center

InsideOut Gallery

Alison and Troy Schmidt

Warrior’s Work & Ben West Gallery

South Dakota Arts Council

Bright Collective

Contact us to become a 2019 Black Hills Plein Air Paint Out Sponsor!

Sandy at 605-390-2927 or

If you are interested in being a participating artist, follow the instructions below!


Print and complete the form.

Mail it plus your fee of $60 to:

PO BOX 1751
Make your check out to: “Black Hills Plein Air Paint-Out”

For information regarding host family lodging options, contact Sandy at 605-390-2927 or

For any additional information or questions please contact:
Tim at 605-645-7196 or
Sandy at 605-390-2927 or

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.”