Olmsted Park on Canvas
The Plein Air Invitational made its debut on April 22 with 30 master artists and 100+ students painting and observing in all six segments of Druid Hills’ Olmsted Linear Park. During Wednesday’s welcome dinner at the Cherokee Town and Country Club, artists, patrons, and sponsors viewed the club’s own collection of plein air paintings. On other evenings, neighborhood residents Ann and Frank Critz opened their garden for a champagne celebration and Martha and Toby Brooks presented bluegrass music at their home.
Arkansas painter Jason Sacran won Olmsted Best in Show for “Off North Ponce” (Springdale Park) and Richard Oversmith of North Carolina won the Matisse Award of Excellence for “”Dancing Light in the Woods” (Deepdene Park). Other winners included Woody Cyrus for “Olmsted Reds,” Yer Za Vue for “Afternoon in the Sun,” Chuck Marshall for “View from the Park,” Jonathan McPhillips for “Trickle,” and Hui Lai Chong for “Druid Hills Moonlight.”
Participating painters were chosen by three selection jurists. Three judges presided over the awards. Workshops, demonstrations, walking tours, and mini-lectures complemented competition events.
Beautiful weather prevailed through the weekend, with the invitational culminating in Sunday’s Paint Quick Competition, which drew more than 90 artists who painted for one hour and 45 minutes. Judges Steve Doherty, editor of Plein Air Magazine and Anne Blair Brown, president of Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, bestowed first place on Margaret Dyer of East Point, Georgia, for “The Artist.”
The four-day event was founded and co-chaired by Andy Hall and Lillian Ansley. Sandra Kruger, director of the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance [OLPA], and Phil Cuthbertson joined them on the executive committee. OLPA facilitated the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational and all proceeds will benefit the Linear Park. For more information, please visit http://www.olmstedpleinair.com/.