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En garde! In a special PlayList broadcast, the pressure’s on when artists gather on the shores of Lake Superior for the Grand Marais Art Colony's Plein Air painting competition. With dueling brushes (and a few pastels), adventurous artists have just 90 minutes to create a winning masterpiece.

The PlayList cameras capture the competition, challenge and camaraderie of the Plein Air "Quick Paint". In those limited minutes, sun, clouds, rain, fog, sunbeams inspire and instigate frustration and success as artists complete their work of art.

"The Plein Air Brush Off!" on The PlayList

Watch the full episode online now

  • Thursday, November 10 at 9:30pm
  • Repeats: Nov. 10 at 11pm; Nov. 12 at 3pm; Nov. 13 at 1:30
  • See it statewide on the MN Channel - Nov. 16 at 6:30pm

Tweet on "The Brush Off"

On November 10, join the conversation on Twitter. From artist trivia to behind-the-scenes insight, log-on and tweet with @playlistMN and The Grand Marais Art Colony @GMArtColony during "The Plein Air Brush Off!" Follow along with #thebrushoff.

The Plein Air Brush Off!

The Art Colony's outdoor painting competition encourages artists to step outside the studio, to embrace the North Shore's exquisite landscape and to push themselves with a limited timeline of 90 minutes to create a masterpiece worthy of the "Quick Paint" title. Raw materials include oil & watercolor paint; pastels and passion.

Mary Pettis, the juror for the show, offers insight into what makes a good painting, the various approaches to painting outdoors, and how to manage the time element. Ms. Amy Demmer provides perspective on the Art Colony, its history, goals and resources.