The Winners of the 2023 Festival

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Lost Sierra Plein Air Festival

May 20th Through May 27th 2023

Join Bear Creek Frames for our 2nd annual Lost Sierra Plein Air Festival in beautiful Quincy California.  Plein air artists from across the country will converge on the Lost Sierra to paint the vast vistas and small towns of the area.  There will be painting demonstrations, workshops and the artist reception and awards ceremony in the Veterans Hall in downtown Quincy.  The festival will culminate with a quick draw competition and “Off The Easel Sale” at the Lost Sierra Artist Street Fair in downtown Quincy on May 27th.  Discover Plumas County through the eyes of the artists and hear their stories.   Come join us for this fun event!

What is Plein Air Painting?

“en Plein air” is a French term meaning painting “in the open air”. Plein air painters are challenged with rapidly changing light conditions and bravely paint in all sorts of weather.

“Towering Giant Eastern Sierra” by Charles Muench

The Lost Sierra Plein Air Festival is open to artists of all skill levels. With hundreds of square miles to paint there is no limit to the beautiful paintings you will produce.

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Charles Muench is the judge this year

Charles Muench is an artist living in between the Sierra Mountains and the high plains desert of Nevada. His inspirations come from the remote, quiet places of the high desert and the rugged peaks of the high Sierra. During his presentation on Thursday May 25th Charles will discuss his adventures and the challenges of painting at 10,000 feet, dealing with bugs and bears, and why mules truly are Sierra Cadillacs

Dinner and Powerpoint presentation with Charles Muench tickets are only $75.00 May 25th at 6:00 PM

Ticket cutoff date is April 30th



Join us for our Lost Sierra Artist Street Fair

Saturday May 27th from 9am to 4pm artists and will gather and set up booths on Bradley Street in the heart of Downtown Quincy CA.  Setup will start at 6:00am. This is open to the Plein Air competition artists as well as non competition artists.  The Quick Draw competition will be judged at the Bear Creek Frames booth at 12:30pm and the artists will be there to answer any questions you might have about their pieces.  The early bird $50 booth fee for artists will end on May 22th and you’ll have to bring your own canopy and all booth accessories.  There is limited space so artists CLICK HERE to sign up.

Where is The Lost Sierra?

A little known area North of Truckee Ca is a vast tract of land known as The Lost Sierra.  Countless lakes, mountain valleys full of old barns, waterfalls, and mountain vistas abound.  The quaint little towns of Portola, Graeagle and Quincy are in the heart of The Lost Sierra.  Bring your hiking boots and a fishing pole to enjoy the area while you take a break from painting.

The Lost Sierra Plein Air Festival is brought to you by Bear Creek Frames

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Thanks to the Feather River Tourism Association’s grant money that helped make this festival possible.

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Thanks to the Feather River College for being a local Partner

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