Art, music combine at De Smet’s plein air

Courtesy photo: Bonnie Brahms participates in last year’s plein air in De Smet.

DE SMET – Artists will be painting on the prairie by day and fiddlers entertaining at night during this spectacular weekend of artistry at the 11th annual Plein Air “Paint Out” in De Smet Aug. 8-11. 

More than 70 artists, amateurs and professionals of all ages, from six states are expected to be set up with easels painting on canvasses Thursday through Saturday all around De Smet and their art will be for sale to the public on Sunday.  There is something for everyone who enjoys art and music as all artists and spectators are invited to enjoy this free event.

Another day, Thursday, has been added to this year’s schedule to allow more time for registration and painting for this longest running plein air event in South Dakota. Also new, the Fiddlers of South Dakota will be joining in two nights to add to the festivities as they entertain at the public receptions Friday evening beginning at 5 p.m. at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society and on Saturday evening at the Ingalls Homestead. They invite others to join in on the jam session.

Saturday’s schedule at the historic Ingalls Homestead includes free workshops with renowned artists Lili Payne, Minneapolis, giving a mural discussion from 11 a.m.-noon and Jessie Rasche, Brookings, demonstrating oil painting beginning at 12:30 p.m. A children’s workshop, led by Dan Sheldon and Judith Oliver, takes place on Saturday from 12:30-2:30 p.m..

The public is invited to watch the artists as they paint, enjoy receptions to meet with the artists and fiddlers on Friday and Saturday and to purchase the artist’s work. The paintings created will be available to view and for purchase at the original art show and wet sale of all artist’s work from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the spacious De Smet Events Center, 705 Wilder Lane, on the west edge of De Smet.

Registration and stamping of canvas begins Thursday, Aug. 8, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at De Smet City Hall and continues Friday at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Society headquarters on Friday. Pre-registration is not necessary. 

The Harvey Dunn Award and Artist’s & People Choice Awards will be presented with cash awards sponsored by American Bank and Trust and De Smet Farm Mutual Insurance Company. 

All events are open to the public, including workshops, with no admission charge and free registration for the artists. For a schedule of events, go to or contact Rita Anderson 605-203-0216; [email protected] This event is sponsored by the Harvey Dunn Society.


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