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Artists Paint Decatur

  • City of Decatur 509 North McDonough Street Decatur, GA, 30030 United States (map)

New this year, the 2017 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational comes to Decatur.Throughout the day and into the night on Thursday, April 6, the thirty invited Master Artists of the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational arrive at various locations in and around Decatur to capture cityscapes, architecture and scenic sites on canvas. Find an artist and watch him or her recreate beloved Decatur scenes outdoors (“en plein air”) before your eyes! During the day the Decatur Arts Alliance (DAA) will do live Facebook feeds from selected artist locations.


At 1 pm, Impressionist landscape painter and invited master artist Phil Sandusky will recount his adventures documenting “en plein air“the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans during his  at Trinity Mercantile located at 116 E. Trinity Place, Decatur 30030 from. A book signing will follow. A $20 donation is requested but not required for attendance at this lecture. 


Artists Paint Decatur festivities are open to the public as a complimentary, family-friendly event in the Decatur plaza. Music begins around 3 pm; live music in the Gazebo starts at 4 pm with a violinist, acoustic guitar at 5 pm, and a drumming group at 6 pm. Then a DJ with sound system picks up until around 8:30 pm. Enjoy great music and complimentary light refreshments (water, lemonade, juice, cookies). Find the music and tent in the paved area between the Gazebo and the Courthouse.

The master artists will relocate in and around the Gazebo around 4 pm, setting up their fresh new paintings from the day for judging. Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett and the DAA will present the “Decatur Community Award” of $500 to the winning contemporary Impressionist painter for their painting depicting Decatur.


Paintings will be available for purchase right off of the artists’ easels that evening, and again at the public sale on Sunday, April 9 at the Druid Hills Golf Club from 9 am - 3 pm.


After the public Artists Paint Decatur, mix and mingle one-on-one with the invited master artists at a ticketed event from 9 – 10 pm at Reunion, 129 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030. Ticket price is $35; purchase tickets online or on the Decatur Square all day. And attend other events* around Atlanta the rest of the week, April 2-9.

*Particularly Paint Quick in the Olmsted Linear Park Sunday, April 9.