Plein Air event held at Indian Springs

Photo by Rebecca Long

Photo by Rebecca Long

Special to the Progress-Argus

The art-loving public got a chance to see artists at work, outdoors, in Indian Springs State Park and throughout The Village at Indian Springs on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

The event, sponsored by Generations Gallery, was the first in a series of "Paint Outs." The gallery, with the help of Preston King, an art instructor at the gallery, and Phyllis Franklin, current president of the Plein Air Group, invited artists from all over Georgia to participate in the event, which asks artists to get together and paint outdoors. The next event is scheduled for September.

Roughly 15 artists arrived early in the day to give themselves time to finish and frame their pieces for the Reception and Art Sale at 3 p.m., at Pinky's Cafe. The public was invited to vote on and purchase their favorite works of art.

Although the paint was often still wet, most of the artists' paintings sold that day. Collectors chose to purchase works that depicted many familiar scenes, from the Whimsical Botanical Gardens and the village's shopping district, to the popular view of the state park's famous stone bridge.

The Best of Show Cash Award went to Pat Burns, of Forsyth, for a painting of the base of a large tree. Valerie Chitvanni, of Roswell, won first place for her perspective on Butts County's landmark visual, the stone bridge over the rocks.

Watercolor artist, Bambi Rogers, of the High Falls area, took home a second-place ribbon. She chose to paint the ramshackle barn behind the Indian Spring Hotel. The hotel, now a museum, is where the treaty was signed by the Creek Indians, deeding what is now most of Georgia and Alabama to the U.S.

Many of the artists have their work displayed for purchase at Generations Gallery, which is open weekends from 10 a.m., to 5 p.m., and offers a number of workshops and free children's lessons on Saturday mornings.


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