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Announcing the 2019 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational

April 28 - May 5, 2019

"Olmsted Plein Air Invitational has become one of the most prestigious plein air painting competitions in the United States. " — Southern Distinction Magazine

Plein air painting produces art from life (as opposed to in the studio). Artists from all over the United States are invited to participate. There will be 30 of the top contemporary impressionist artists  painting throughout  Georgia/Metro Atlanta April 28 - May 5, 2019.  Many of the world's most accomplished artists have Olmsted Plein Air Invitational at the top of their wish list of competitions and we will continue to set the bar for excellence in the coming year.

2018 Quick Facts:

  • Art sales achieved a new benchmark with 160 paintings sold! Approximately 30,000 people participate as Artists painted through Georgia, offer demonstrations and lectures.

  • Olmsted Plein Air's Paint Quick is open to any artist with $20 and ambition. Nearly 200 artists paint for 2 hours in Atlanta's historic Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. Linear Park. The event culminates in an outdoor exhibition and sale

  • Galleries and arts organizations program scores of demos, workshops, exhibits and lectures as part of the event

  • Student scholarship offerings doubled in 2018

  • Master Presentation annual series launched showcasing Olmsted Plein Air alumni providing educational demonstrations and lectures

2018 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Winners

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THE OLMSTED BEST IN SHOW AWARDSouthern Bales by Kathie Odom, Sold


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MATISSE AWARD OF EXCELLENCEOld Friends, by William (Bill) Suys, Jr., $ 2,600.00
To purchase available works from the 2018 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, visit our online gallery


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RENOIR AWARD  — The Spirit of AtlantaPonce City Market Rain, by Michele Byrne, Sold


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CEZANNE AWARD  —  Best Light in the Landscape: Atlanta Rush, by Christine Lashley, Sold


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FOUNDERS AWARD  — Best Urban LandscapeRainy Day, Vladislav Yeliseyev, Sold


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FRIENDS AND SPONSORS  AWARD — Best Vanishing LandscapeDays Gone By, Jim Richards, $1500. To purchase available works from the 2018 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, visit our online gallery


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SOUTHERN DISTINCTIONS MAGAZINE AWARD: Clearing Storm, Joseph Gyurcsak, Sold


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PLEIN AIR MAGAZINE AWARD  —  Best Painting in Olmsted Park: Olmsted Park, Chuck Marshall, $2,200.00. To purchase available works from the 2018 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, visit our online gallery


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JFM FRAMES AWARD —  Best Sense of Mystery: Here to Pray, Jill Basham; Sold


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GAMBLIN ARTIST COLORS AWARD  — Best Use of Colors: Two Urban Licks, Aimee Erickson; Sold


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JUDGES AWARD OF MERIT —  Kenn Bachaus: Behind the Red Maple, Sergio Lopez; Sold


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JUDGES AWARD OF MERIT —  Seth Hopkins: Victorian Splendor, Daly Smith, $950.00
To purchase available works from the 2018 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, visit our online gallery


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JUDGES AWARD OF MERIT — Tim Newton: Swept Away, Kathy Odom; Sold