Celebrate the arts this Spring at Callaway Gardens’ fourth annual Plein Air Paint Out, Art Show and Sale. The beauty at Callaway Gardens is spectacular during this time of year and Plein Air, the process of capturing the beauty of outdoors with natural light, is a wonderful art form in which to capture its essence.
Artists from around the United States and Canada have been selected for the juried event by Beverly Blount McNeil, founder of Portrait Brokers of America and more recently involved with Portraits, Inc. The selected artists include:
Allen, Gordon Chapel Hill, N.C.
Boyd, David Newnan, Ga.
Blair Brown, Anne Nashville, Tenn.
Bryant, Jane Lakeland, Fla.
Chapin, Jane St. Petersburg, Fla.
Cheek, Durinda Ringgold, Ga.
Christman, Sue Gay, Ga.
Davis, Barbara B. Montgomery, Ala.
Debner, Claudia Sharpsburg, Ga.
Dillon, Mikki Root Lilburn, Ga.
Farnsworth, Bill Venice, Fla.
Gosch, Millie Roswell, Ga.
Grice, Gail LaGrange, Ga.
Guernsey, John Marietta, Ga.
Jaenicke, Barbara Roswell, Ga.
King, Rebecca Black Mountain, N.C.
Larsen, Kirk Hicksville, N.Y.
Losey-Sumpter, Brenda Brooks, Ga.
Lovett, Amanda Cumming, Ga.
Mani, Gloria Columbus, Ga.
Marshall, Chuck Mason, Ohio
Mehta, Lynn Alexandria, Va.
Netherton, George St. Simons Island, Ga.
Odom, Kathie Knoxville, Tenn.
O’Shea, Rae Kendall Park, N.J.
Price, Morgan Samuel Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Roberts, Robin Ashland, Ohio
Rodgers, Bill Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Smith, F. Daly Macon, Ga.
Stewart, Karen Columbus, Ga.
During the week of April 15, 2013, these artists will spend time painting the beauty they see at Callaway Gardens and other public and private gardens in the region, including Columbus, LaGrange and Newnan. Their works of art will be submitted on Friday and judged for cash awards by William U. Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, Ga. That evening the original paintings created throughout the week by these artists will be featured at a Preview Party at the Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center. Cocktail attire is appropriate. Tickets can be purchased at www.callawaygardens.com/pleinair or by calling 706-681-3329.
The Art Show & Sale will continue Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall of the Callaway Discovery Center. April is a beautiful time to visit Callaway Gardens and enjoy the color of Spring throughout the Gardens. Celebrate Spring! admission is $25 per adult and $12.50 per child age 6 to 12. Children 5 and younger are admitted to the Gardens for free. Callaway Gardens Annual Pass holders and active/retired military with ID receive free admission for the cardholder and up to five guests in the same vehicle per day.
“Art In Action” is a great way to describe the Quick Draw competition in Downtown Pine Mountain on Saturday, April 20, 2013, from Noon to 2 p.m. Artists of any skill level can sign up to participate in this very exciting part of Plein Air Week. Spectators, collectors, those interested in art and those who aspire to collect can watch artists at work, smell the paint, and get caught up in the excitement of watching each canvas come to life. At the end of two hours, the paintings are submitted, judged for cash awards and immediately go on sale to the public. Prices range from $400 to $700. Details are available at www.callawaygardens.com/pleinair.
For those who want to become a Plein Air artist or to simply improve their painting skills, renowned artist Anne Blair Brown will offer a three-day Plein Air Workshop, April 22-24, 2013. This workshop is perfect for anyone who has a basic understanding of how to set up their easel, working with materials, perspective and some drawing ability. The classes will include location demonstrations, individual instruction at each student’s easel, plenty of painting time for students, group critiques at the end of each day, personal critiques of student’s work brought from home and take away items. Registration is $375 per student. Special lodging rates are available at Callaway Gardens. To registration for the workshop, contact the Callaway Gardens Education department at email@example.com or 706-663-5153.
The fourth annual Plein Air Paint Out, Art Show and Sale continues Callaway Gardens’ tradition of supporting the fine arts. Proceeds benefit the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation and its mission of environmental education and land stewardship. For more detailed information or to view samples of the artists’ work, please visit www.callawaygardens.com/pleinair.
Overnight lodging is available in a variety of accommodations including the newly renovated Mountain Creek Inn, Southern Pine Cottages, Mountain Creek Villas and a variety of vacation homes.
Callaway Gardens®, is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus. For additional information, visit www.callawaygardens.com or call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292).