About WNC Plein Air Painters

UPDATE: WNC Plein Air Painters is taking a break until new leadership steps forward.
If you would like to help organize paint-outs, please click the “Volunteer” button below.


WNC Plein Air Painters was founded in 2003 by Peggy Taylor in order to form a network of like-minded artists who enjoy landscape painting on location.


Our group includes amateur and professional artists regionally located in and around Asheville, NC.


Improve our painting skills both individually and as a group
Forward the art careers of members
Increase public awareness of plein air painting


We paint together to hone our craft.
We encourage each other toward excellence in our artwork.
We exchange suggestions, methods, techniques and ideas.


Each month (April – October) We plan one paint-out at a location in or around Asheville. Paint-outs are usually scheduled on Saturday mornings 9:30 – 12:00 Noon. Afterwards, we have an informal round-up to share our work and often eat lunch together.

Here’s the scoop: Everyone is welcome

Everyone is welcome to join us for any of our paintouts, for free!

In other words, you do not have to be a WNCPAP member to attend our any of our paint-outs. All you need to do is show up ready to paint! (Bring your own supplies, of course.)

If you would like to receive notifications of our paint-outs (but do not wish to become a member at this time) please join our WNCPAP Guest Email List. (Members do not need to subscribe. They receive all paint-out notifications automatically.)

So, what’s the benefit of being a member?

Benefits of membership:

  1. Listing on the member directory page of the WNCPAP website with link to your artist website.
  2. Portfolio of your paintings on the WNCPAP website.
  3. Opportunity to show your paintings with the group – From time to time we have the opportunity to show our artwork at various venues in and around Asheville. WNCPAP group shows are open to members only.
  4. End-of-Year Party – After the weather turns cool (usually in early November) we have a group dinner party for members. Annual dues cover the cost of the party.
  5. You support the arts! Some of our annual budget goes to support other regional plein air painting groups that don’t have membership dues. We are proud to support Asheville Plein Air Painters and North Carolina Plein Air Painters.

Annual membership is $30

Contact info

Brennen McElhaney
(828) 684-3448

WNC Plein Air Painters
29 Winter Hawk Dr
Arden, NC 28704

Join our Asheville Area Plein Air Painters Facebook Group and stay in the loop! (This is a combined group along with Asheville Plein Air Painters.)