SAVE THE DATE:  April 21-29, 2018

                         COMING UP: January 29, 2018                        Master Presentation with KATHIE ODOM

Olmsted Plein Air is at the center of the modern plein air movement. In its 4th year, the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational has become one of the most prestigious plein air painting competitions in the United States.

2018 will see an expansion of the scope of our Invitational event to encompass the whole of Georgia, from our Atlantic coast to our mountains, with its grand finale in metropolitan Atlanta. We invite you to experience the vibrancy and artistic excellence of Olmsted Plein Air. 30 Master Artists will capture the landscapes of metro Atlanta and beyond.

Many of the country's  most accomplished landscape painters  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. Master Artists compete for one of the largest purses in the country and the the prestige of winning The Olmsted trophy.

Olmsted Plein Invitational is produced by Olmsted Arts, Inc., a 501(c)3 non profit organization that is dedicated to nurturing the visual and cultural art education and experience through the art of plein air painting. Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

We rely on charitable contributions, without them, we simply wouldn’t be here and we wouldn’t be able to bring the high quality artists, art exhibits and events nor would we be able to continue providing opportunities for inspiring young artists, education and support our community outreach programs.

Olmsted Plein Air is grateful for all of the support it receives and gratefully accepts donations in any amount. Your support as Sponsors, Friends of Olmsted Plein Air and purchase of paintings ensures we are able to sustain our mission and deliver an art experience unique to our community while documenting our extraordinary landscapes.                  

2017 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Award Winners



Our Nationally recognized artists will paint for seven 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 2018 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. 



Paintings will be available for purchase at select events throughout the week.

Competition paintings will be offered for sale first at an exclusive, ticketed Preview  Reception of the Gallery and then followed immediately by the ticketed Awards and Collector’s Soirée.

All paintings will be available for purchase to the Public the following days.


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. 

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