Plein Air on the Santa Cruz 2019

Here are the artists participating in this year’s event. Click on the image to go to their website (if available). See them painting in and around Tubac October 28th through 31st.

APPLICATION CLOSED! Over 20 artists will be gathering in Tubac for the second annual retreat for plein air artists at Rancho Santa Cruz in beautiful southern Arizona. On Monday October 28th Tom Blazier, a leading southwest oil painter, will lead a workshop entitled “Principles for Successful Outdoor Painting” in the morning, followed by a paint out with continuing instruction. A variety of paint-outs at nearby locations and artists gatherings will continue through the week. On Friday November 1st, visit the exclusive “Plein Air on the Santa Cruz” exhibition at Tubac Center of the Arts [showing through November 18th] and enjoy an artists’ reception from 5 to 7 pm, with announcement of awards at 6. 

First, Second and Third Prizes up to $500 cash value, judged by Tom Blazier. Visit Tom Blazier’s website at:

Plein Air on the Santa Cruz 2019 Schedule 

Sun. 10/27: Check in at Rancho Santa Cruz 2 - 5pm
Welcome Reception 5 - 6pm

Mon. 10/28: “Principles for Successful Outdoor Painting” with Tom Blazier 830am – 12pm at the ranch
*Afternoon Open 

Tues. 10/29: Paint Out at Peña Blanca Lake (30 min drive) 8am - 11am.
Mission Tumacácori afternoon paint out (option).

Wed. 10/30: “Painting Water” 9am – 11am at the river.
Downtown Nogales, US Mexican Border, Artists’ Paint Out and Reception at the Hilltop Gallery 3pm - 7pm

Thurs. 10/31: Old Tubac morning paint out (option).
6pm – 8pm “Halloween Nocturne Painting” with Tom Blazier

Friday 11/01: 9am – 11am Complete Framing; Deliver work to Tubac Center of the Arts. 
Artists Opening Reception 5pm – 7pm

Schedule subject to change; transportation available

With questions contact Virginia at 520 339-5220

Plein Air on the Santa Cruz 2019 Schedule and Fees

Returning participants receive 10% off cost of lodging.

Stay at the Ranch: (Sorry, Ranch is now full; you will need to find lodging elsewhere in the Tubac area!)

Check in Sunday Oct. 27 – check out Sat Nov. 2

Attend workshop, 3-4 paint-outs, exclusive receptions and events

Private room including breakfast……..$950.00

Shared room including breakfast……..$650.00

25% deposit holds room - Balance due on arrival

Retreat only, no lodging:

Check in Sunday Oct. 27 for Monday workshop with Tom Blazier

Attend 3-4 paint-outs, exclusive receptions and events

Retreat Fee including workshop………$250

 Special Reception Friday Nov. 1

for Plein Air on the Santa Cruz exhibit at Tubac Center of the Arts. Show continues through Nov. 18.

**Returning artists receive 10% off lodging

With questions contact Susan at 386 956-6110

Or Virginia at 520 339-5220

Rancho Santa

Made possible by the Tubac Center of the Arts, Rancho Santa Cruz, and the Hilltop Gallery of Nogales