Scott Lloyd Anderson painted the "Spoonbridge and Cherry" in a previous Plein Air Smackdown.

Seventeen Minneapolis outdoor painters will ply their trade in public for five hours Saturday during Groveland Gallery's popular Plein Air SmackDown. Now in its fifth year, the event is a companionable  competition among friends and colleagues who vie to turn out the best possible painting in a limited time regardless of weather. Too hot? Too wet? Too windy? Never mind. The art goes on. 

Viewers can pick up maps at the gallery Saturday morning and observe the artists in action at their chosen sites. All are within one mile of the gallery which is located in a historic mansion at 25 Groveland Terrace overlooking Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Painting locations include Loring Park, Kenwood neighborhood, Lake of the Isles, Sculpture Garden and environs.

BYO lawn chairs for observing the action. All paintings will be available for sale during a reception at the gallery after the event. Beer, brats and watermelon available at the reception.

Painting: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. August 1.

Reception and art sale: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., August 1, Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis.

Participating gallery artists: Fred Anderson, Michael Banning, Kristie Bretzke, Robert Dorlac, Susan Horn, Mark Horton,Carl Oltvedt, Justin Terlecki.

Guest artists participating: Andy Evanson, Bob Upton, Josh Cunningham, Scott Lloyd Anderson, Aaron Jacobs, Christopher Copeland, Carl Bretzke, Kami Mendlik, Barb McIlrath.

Fred Anderson painting with audience.
Joshua Cunningham at Lk of the Isles.