Greg Johannesen Plein Air Artist

Announcing Sixth Annual Plein Air Festival on April 20-24, 2022

NORFOLK, Virginia — Coastal VA Plein Air will help bring fine art to the Ocean View community by hosting the Sixth Annual Plein Air Festival on April 20-24, 2022.  The event brings local, regional, and nationally known plein air artists to paint “en plein air” (in the open air) throughout our coastal community. The festival once again supports the mission of Coastal VA Plein Air to bring to the community fine and beautiful art that reflects the extraordinary coastal location along the Chesapeake Bay in Ocean View. 

Several events will be held during the festival. During the first few days and evenings, artists will paint at various sites throughout the the broader Tidewater community. They will paint seascapes, cityscapes, gardens, architecture, and favorite landmarks, among other subjects. Two culminating events will take place on Sunday, April 24, at COVA Brewing Company, located at 9529 Shore Drive, Norfolk, VA.  

A ticketed event, the Coastal VA Art Collector Reception and Sale, will be held at 12 noon on April 24.  Tickets for this event will be $30.00 per person and will give ticket holders the opportunity to browse and purchase artwork prior to the opening to the general public. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased on our Events page.

The Patron event will be followed (1:00 to 4:00 p.m.) by a Public Art Show and Sale.  This event is FREE and open to the public.

Funds raised from the events are used to bring art to the community. Coastal VA Plein Air is a not-for-profit, grass-roots organization comprised of private citizens who live in Norfolk.  In 2020, funds raised from the Plein Air Festival combined with $26,000 grant from NorfolkARTS, commissioned and placed a public sculpture in the Ocean View Beach Park, Norfolk, VA. Proceeds from this year’s events will help commission a second piece of public art for the Ocean View community.  Additional information can be found by visiting