April 2 - 9, 2017 

Welcome Artists, Collectors and the Public to the 2017 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational!

Spring time in Atlanta is glorious and the 2017 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational will feature  a  7-day rain or shine event featuring thirty of the world’s greatest collectible artists producing beautiful landscape paintings for public purchase. Come watch them paint daily and enjoy seeing them compose and finish a painting right before your eyes!

The Olmsted Plein Air Invitational is the most prestigious invitational Plein Air Painting competitions in the United States and will include expanded areas throughout metro Atlanta for the Artists to paint. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Atlanta History Center and the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance.  The competing artists, invited by a preeminent selection jury, will paint at several Atlanta landmarks and culminating in Atlanta’s historic Olmsted Linear Park in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta. Painters will compete for cash prizes plus the prestige of winning The Olmsted trophy. Paintings will be available for purchase throughout the week . The Artists' competition paintings will be on display and available for purchase (pre-public sale) at the Awards Soirée on Saturday evening,  April 8 and to the public all day, Sunday, April 9.

Plein 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. Learn more about the history of plein air painting below.

Plein Air Force's "Outside The Lines" documentary on plein air painting. From the Publisher's of PleinAir Magazine



Our Nationally recognized artists will paint for six exciting days throughout Atlanta and their beautiful works will be evaluated by an expert panel of three Awards Judges.

Each artist will be vying for their piece of the purse plus the prestige of winning the 2017 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational. 


All outdoor painting events in Atlanta's classic and historic landscapes are open to the public. Complementary 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.

Corporate Sponsors and Friends will mix and mingle with Artists at ticketed evening and daytime events which include: 

  • Friends of Olmsted Plein Air Kick-Off Party. (Friends of Olmsted Plein Air)
  • Collectors Gallery Event, February 28, 2017. (Ticketed) 
  • Artists Welcome Reception and Dinner, April 2 (Ticketed) 
  • Artist Mingle, TBD, (Ticketed)
  • Garden Stroll, (Ticketed)
  • Gallery Preview Reception at Druid Hills Golf Club (By Invitation)
  • Awards and Collector's Soirée and Pre-Sale at Druid Hills Golf Club , April 8th. (Ticketed)
  • Mini painting competition and awards during public sale at Druid Hills Golf Club, April 9th  (Complimentary)



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This year, paintings will be available for purchase at select events throughout the week. Competition paintings will be offered for sale at an exclusive, ticketed Preview  Reception of the Gallery and then followed immediately by the ticketed Awards and Collector’s Soirée held at the Druid Hills Golf Club on Saturday, April 8th.

All paintings will be available for purchase to the Public on Sunday April 9. 


The public is invited to come paint in this exciting and fun event where you'll be able to set your easel and if you desire, paint next to one of our Master competing plein air painters.  

Come create your own interpretation of the Olmsted Linear Park landscape and enjoy the camaraderie of other painters and the possiblity of winning the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Paint Quick Competition.  

The Paint Quick is open to any level of painter from beginner to accomplished amateur and your ticket gives you an opportunity to win cash and art supply awards.