“Plein air is a term that essentially means outdoor. Plein air painting is any on-site work that is done outdoors, so long as you are painting the environment around you,” said Katie Bush, director of education at the museum.
During the event, artists will paint local public and private sites in beautiful historic Marietta. From the local homes and gardens to the dynamic architecture of downtown, Historic Marietta has many picturesque scenes perfect for plein air painting.
“Last year, an artist set up in Marietta Square and painted the fountain in Glover Park. It can be any style (messy, neat, classical, impressionistic, etc.) and can be done with any media (chalk pastels, oil paints, charcoal paints, etc.),” said Bush, a resident of East Point.
The event will feature a juried exhibition and sale on display at the museum. The museum is at 30 Atlanta St. (a block south of Marietta Square).
In terms of registrants, this is already the largest artist turnout for participation in the Plein Air Paint Out, she said.
Though the specific locations of the artists are not set prior to the event, Bush will post their whereabouts on MCMA’s Facebook page so people can see their progress.
“My suggestion to someone looking to watch would be to either look for artists around Marietta Square or check our Facebook page,” she said.
“It is important for the community to support this event because Marietta is in the position to become a central key to the metro Atlanta arts scene. It’s something that people like Donna Krueger (of dk Gallery on the Marietta Square) keep promoting in terms of evolving city: The chance to become a booming hub full of creativity, inspiration, and of course art,” Bush said.
Awards from the festival will be announced on Sunday during a reception that is open to the public from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The gallery of works painted during the festival will be on display at the museum from March 31 through April 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
For more information, visit mariettacobbartmuseum.org or call (770) 528-1444.