April 25 - May 1, 2016 

Welcome Artists, Collectors, and the Public to the 2016 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational!

Spring time in Atlanta is glorious and the 2016 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational will feature  a  6-day rain or shine event featuring thirty six 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!

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. 

The 2016 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational will include expanded areas for the Artists to paint. This year the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational will include lakes, parks and cityscapes and landscapes. The competing artists, selected by a preeminent selection jury, will paint at several Atlanta landmarks including the Atlanta History Center architecture and grounds, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, the Atlanta Botanical Garden hosting an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s glasswork, Piedmont Park, 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. 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. 



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 2016 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, February 16 at Millennium Gate Museum
  • Collectors Gallery Event, March 22 at Dewberry Gallery
  • Artists Welcome Reception and Dinner, April 26 at an exclusive in-town private Club including a tour of one of the countries largest plein air painting collections
  • Artist Mingle, April 27 at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta
  • Garden Stroll, April 29 at a private home
  • Gallery Preview Reception at Druid Hills Golf Club
  • Awards and Collector's Soirée and Pre-Sale at Druid Hills Golf Club  



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Paintings will be first 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 30th.

All paintings will be available for purchase to the Public on Sunday May 1. 


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.