Published on April 19th, 2016 |


Plein Air art event comes to Shops Buckhead Atlanta, History Center

Buckhead art enthusiasts will be able to watch 36 of the world’s greatest collectible artists create landscape paintings when The 2016 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational visits the Atlanta History Center and the Shops Buckhead Atlanta next week. The Invitational is a 6-day rain or shine event that includes outdoor painting events, tours, lectures and demonstrations.

pleinair1Plein air painting, or painting in the open air, is a familiar concept today but was revolutionary when the Impressionists ventured out of their studios to capture the effects of sunlight in the late 1800s.

The competing artists, selected by a preeminent selection jury, will paint at several Atlanta landmarks, including The Shops Buckhead Atlanta (April 26) and the Atlanta History Center (April 27). The Shops Buckhead Atlanta will also host the Parisian Artist Mingle April 27 from 6-9 p.m. The ticketed event ($100) features an evening of music, wine tasting, French-inspired cuisine and a chance to mingle with artists, collectors and sponsors.

The resulting original works of art will be on display and available for purchase (pre-public sale) on Saturday evening April 30 and to the public all day, Sunday, May 1.

The nationally recognized artists will paint for six exciting days throughout Atlanta and their works will be evaluated by an expert panel of three Awards Judges. Artists will compete for cash prizes plus the prestige of winning The Olmsted trophy.

All outdoor painting events are open to the public. Complimentary tours, lectures and demonstrations will be on-going throughout the event. School children are invited to attend. Design and university students will be able to study the works being created outdoors.

For more information on the 2016 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, click here.

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