Plein Air Painting in Barrington, Illinois

Second Annual Plein Air Painters Art Event and Reception

Barrington's White HouseCommunity Events, Cultural Events

Ever wonder how an artist creates a painting? Now you can watch artists in action. Plein air artists – including Mort Luby, Steve Puttrich and Carol Foster — will be stationed outside throughout downtown to paint some of Barrington’s most iconic locations: Barrington’s White House, the Catlow and the Gazebo. You are welcome to stop to see the artists painting during the day using the “plein air” technique, which means “painting outdoors from life.” The painting takes place throughout the Village of Barrington from 1:00-4:00pm.

The Artist’s Reception and Recognition will take place on Thursday, August 16 at 4:00pm inside Barrington’s White House. That day’s plein air paintings, plus other works by the artists, will be on display for sale. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Register for this event here.

Awards will be given for the top three Plein Air painting. The judges are Thomas and Judy Skulborstad. Village President Karen Darch will be announcing the awards.

The awards, compliments of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce are:

1st Place – $100 gift certificate to Shakou Restaurant in Barrington, Illinois.
2nd Place – $50 gift certificate to Neoteca Restaurant in Barrington, Illinois.
3rd Place – $25 gift certificate to Southern Belle Restaurant in Barrington, Illinois.


The social media #’s for the event are #barringtonpleinair and #barringtonswhitehouse.

barrington's white house

Barrington’s White House is a unique, historic venue located in the heart of downtown Barrington at 145 West Main Street. This meticulously restored 1898 mansion hosts cultural and community events, and is also available for rental for weddings, corporate meetings, non-profit fundraisers and family celebrations. Visit the web site or call 224-512-4292 for your private tour.