Painters gather for Olmsted Plein Air event

Painters in the park last year (Courtesy OPAI)
Painters in the park last year (Courtesy OPAI)

The second annual Olmsted Plein Air Invitational returns to Olmsted Linear Park in Druid Hills from April 25 to May 1.

Plein air painters produce art from life “in the open air,” (as opposed to in the studio). Master artists from across the United States and internationally are invited by a selection jury to compete for The Olmsted Award and a generous purse.

This year, 36 highly recognized artists will paint at locations around Atlanta, including the Atlanta History Center, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, Atlanta Botanical Garden and Piedmont Park, then culminating in Olmsted Linear Park. The resulting original works of art will be on display as the jury chooses winners.

Programming for this year’s event also includes demonstrations, workshops, exhibits, lectures, a Maypole Celebration, plein air inspired poetry readings and more.

The Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Paint Quick is open to any artist with $20 and ambition on May Day. For two hours participants will paint original work in Olmsted Linear Park. The Quick Paint event culminates in an outdoor exhibition and sale.

For details about invited artists and a schedule of events, visit

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley is the editor of Atlanta Intown.