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Welcome to the 3nd Annual Lost Sierra Plein Air Festival

May 18th Through May 25th 2024

Join Bear Creek Frames for our 3rd 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, two workshops on the first weekend and the Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony on May 24th 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 25th.  Discover Plumas County through the eyes of the artists and hear their stories.   Come join us for this fun event!

To be included in our festival guide as a Participating Artist you must sign up before March 31st.

 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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Frank Serrano is considered to be one of today’s top  painters of the Western Landscape and currently resides in the beautiful Owens Valley of California.

Since 1993 he has developed his style of painting with incredible passion,  capturing the dramatic atmospheric effects and stunning light that infuses the landscape of the West.  Much of Frank’s early education came from studying the works of highly accomplished painters of the past, including Edgar Payne,  Sam Hyde Harris,  Hanson Puthuff,  Frank Tenney Johnson and Maynard Dixon,  but he also admired contemporaries such as, Clyde Aspevig,  Bill Anton and Jim Norton. 

Frank has had numerous articles written about his work in leading magazines such as, Art of the West,  Western Art Collector, Southwest Art,  Plein Air Magazine and American Artist.

He is a signature member of the Historic California Art Club, becoming a member in 1997 and served as advisor and chairman of its prestigious Gold Medal Museum Exhibition for 3 years.  

Frank’s passion for painting goes beyond the studio,  as he his also a teacher of the art,  conducting painting workshops across the country,  writing the well known book,   Plein Air Painting in Oil and producing a couple of how to paint Plein Air DVD’s.  Franks knowledge of painting also led to an invitation from Disney Animation Studios to teach painting classes and to advise on painting techniques for 3D film application.

Frank Serrano’s paintings can often be found in collections,  museum exhibitions and galleries across the country.

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.

Paintings by Frank Serrano

Join us for our Lost Sierra Artist Street Fair

Saturday May 25th from 8:00am to 1:00 pm artists will gather and set up booths on Bradley Street in the heart of Downtown Quincy CA.  Setup will start at 6:00 am. This is open to the Plein Air competition artists as well as non competition artists.  The early bird $50 booth fee for artists will end on April 30th.  You’ll have to bring your own canopy and all booth accessories.  There is limited space so artists CLICK HERE to sign up.

Saturday Quick Draw Competition

During the Lost Sierra Artist Street Fair on Saturday, artists will set up their easels at 9:00 am and paint in downtown Quincy.  They’ll have 2 hours to complete a painting.  When the ending blast of the air horn sounds the artists will bring their finished paintings to the Bear Creek Frames’ booth by 11:30 am at the Street Fair for judging and presentation of awards at 12:00 noon.  The artist’s wet paintings will be for sale ( “Off the Easel Sale” ) until then end of the Street Fair at 1:00 pm.

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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