What is Art is in the Air?

Art is in the Air Plein Air Festival is an open enrollment plein air painting event that concludes with a Wet Paint Show & Sale on Saturday, September 16th.

It is held in conjunction with a downtown street festival featuring fine art vendors, local makers, food vendors and more! The event celebrates the tradition of outdoor painting by welcoming artists from across the region to share their talents and beauty of downtown Brevard and surrounding areas.

More details on the event are available below. This webpage will be regularly updated leading up to the event so check back for more details.

Volunteer at Art is in the Air

Are you looking for ways to give back to our community this fall? Join us for Art is in the Air, on September 16th!
We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help make this event a success. Whether you’re an art lover or just looking to get involved, we have a variety of roles available. Come join us and help bring the beauty of art to our community!

Wet Paint Tent Show & Sale

presented by Ty Hendrix Investment Management

What: Each participating artist is required to submit work to be shown and sold at the event’s Wet Paint Tent Show & Sale. The public is invited to come enjoy and shop the sale. The first hour will be open to early access ticket holders. A limited number of tickets are available to purchase.
When: Saturday, September 16th
Early Access: 11am-12pm (Requires the purchase of a Wet Paint Tent Early Entry Tickets. A limited number of tickets are available to purchase now.
General Admission: 12pm-5pm
Where: Times Arcade Alley
26 Times Arcade, Brevard, NC 28712
Early Entry Ticket for Art is in the Air Wet Paint Show & Sale

Early Entry Ticket for Art is in the Air Wet Paint Show & Sale


Purchase Tickets Here

Support Art is in the Air Today

New for 2023! We are excited to offer friends of the event sponsorship levels for Art is in the Air.

By becoming a friend of the event, you will be directly contributing to the growth and sustainability of one of our signature events, Art is in the Air. Your support will enable us to continue providing accessible art experiences to our community, supporting emerging artists, and maintain downtown as a Hub for the Arts.

Support Art is in the Air by choosing one of the levels below. If you’re interested in a more significant event sponsorship please reach out to us at [email protected] or 828-606-6198.

Friend of Art is in the Air $100 Sponsorship

Friend of Art is in the Air $100 Sponsorship


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Friend of Art is in the Air $250 Sponsorship

Friend of Art is in the Air $250 Sponsorship


Become a Friend Today
Friend of Art is in the Air $500 Sponsorship

Friend of Art is in the Air $500 Sponsorship


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Other Festival Activities

September 16th, 10am-5pm
Downtown Brevard

made brevard Fall Artisan Market

presented by Territory Brevard

The made brevard Fall Artisan market celebrates local creators in our community and will be on W. Jordan Street.

The mission of the market is to support local makers by creating a fun and safe shopping experience that will connect our artists with current and future fans while celebrating Brevard’s incredible artist community.

49th Annual Fine Arts & Craft Showcase

presented by Transylvania Community Arts Council

The 49th Annual Fine Arts & Craft Showcase will be held on W. Main Street.

The showcase is presented and organized by the Transylvania Community Arts Council and will feature fine artists and crafters from our community and the surrounding region.

Event Featured Artist: Rokhaya Waring

Rokhaya Waring has been drawing from nature since she could hold a pencil, and her sketchbooks form a record of her French-American family’s moves around the world: from Sante Fe, where she was born, to Florence, then Paris, and back to the U.S..Rokhaya was home-schooled from the start, graduating in 1984 from the Waring School which her parents founded in 1972.

Cape Ann, where she grew up, and Provence, where she spent every summer for nearly 20 years, hold special places in her heart. The hay rolls of Provence which she painted while using her old Renault 18 as an easel and shield against the mistral winds, and the gathering clouds and sail boats in Gloucester harbor where she lived for another 13 years, are two of her iconic subjects.

Waring’s love of nature, travel and Plein Air are deep-rooted. So it’s no surprise that in the spring of 2021, she sold her house in Gloucester to move into a vintage Safari Trek motorhome and headed south to explore — and find new vistas to paint. She currently resides in Clyde, North Carolina with her husband and two whippets, and her deck view of the Blue Ridge Mountains is rapidly becoming one of her favorite subjects.

Waring earned her BA in Fine Art/Art History from Princeton, and is a member of Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. She has shown all over the world, in France, Israel, Tahiti and the US, notably the Salon Des Artistes Français, the Salon d’Automne, and the Currier Museum of Art. She is also featured in the books 100 Artists of New England (Schiffer, 2011) and The American Flag in Contemporary Art, (Schiffer, 2015). Notable collectors include: Carl Crossman, art dealer and appraiser for Antiques Roadshow; Todd Park (US Chief Technology Officer under Obama); Andre Agassi; and Brooke Shields.

Visit her website, here.

Event Sponsors

Explore Brevard
Brevard NC Homes For Sale

Friends of the Event

$500 Level

Pat & Dick Crull

Edward & Carol Strongin

$250 Level

Vickie & Steve Baker

Donna & Richard Johnson

$100 Level

Keith Mast