April 21-29, 2018

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. Master Artists paint 'en plein air' producing art from life

Quick Facts:                                                                                                                                                                               First three year impact; 45,000 attendees, 35 youth scholarships, $50,000 charitable donation to Visual Art Education and Park Conservation, 1,200+ paintings sold

Olmsted Plein Air's Paint Quick is open to any artist with $25 and ambition.  Nearly 100 artists paint for 2 hours in Atlanta's historic Frederick Law Olmsted's Linear Park and the event culminates in an outdoor exhibition and sale

The weekend of April 27 - April 29  will feature an Artist Village that will showcase TableTop Tableaux competition, Artists lectures, entertainment, food trucks, petite plein air painting sale (all works created by invited Artists), Paint Quick competition and , ticketed evening events, the Public Gallery & Sale on Sunday and much more.



Our Nationally recognized artists will paint for seven exciting days 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 8 days, all outdoor painting events are open to the public. Talks, tours and demonstrations are on-going throughout the week. High School, Design and University students will be able to study the works being created outdoors.


April 21-23  - Artists paint in Atlanta and across Georgia *

April 24 - Artists gather at 3:00 PM at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta to paint the street-scapes! Experience the thrill and energy of watching the create paintings right before your eyes!

6:00 PM Meet the Artists!   [Ticketed]

April 25 - Atlanta History Center - Artists paint and demo in Goizueta Gardens at the Atlanta History Center, paintings on public exhibition and available for purchase.                                10:30 AM - Jill Steenhuis lecture Kenndey Theater.

April 26 - Artist Paint throughout Atlanta* 

April 27 - Olmsted Linear Park
9 AM- 5 PM – Live entertainment, Artists demonstrations and talks scheduled and food trucks throughout the day in the Artists Village.  7:00 PM  PopUp Garden Stroll. Location to be revealed  the day of the event! [Ticketed]

April 28 - Olmsted Linear Park 
9:00 AM-5:00 PM – Food Trucks, Entertainment, Demonstrations and talks scheduled throughout the day in the Artists Village.     

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April 24  - Meet the Artists! Opening Event

April 27 - PopUp Garden Stroll

April 28 - Artists Awards & Collectors Soirée


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

Petite Plein Air paintings will be showcased in an outdoor gallery in Atlanta's Historic Olmsted Linear Parking on Saturday and Sunday the final weekend.

Competition paintings will be offered for sale first at a ticketed Awards and Collectors Soirée the evening of Saturday April 28th. 

All remaining paintings will be available for purchase to the Public on Sunday, April 29.


April 28 & 29 - 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, paint a still life en plein air or capture the movement of the entertainment of the crowd. 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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