Paint the Town – Alpharetta Plein Air

May 9-13, 2023

Arts Alpharetta, in partnership with the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau, welcomes the 3rd annual PAINT THE TOWN 5-day juried plein air invitational.

Plein air, from the French term en plein air, is the method of painting outdoors directly from life. It has become a wildly popular practice with artists across the world and this event is the first of its kind in Alpharetta.

Art lovers will have the chance to watch artists in action around our fair city with opportunities to purchase original art with hometown appeal, featuring locations such as Alpharetta City Center, parks, gardens and more.

For more information and updates, please visit Arts Alpharetta

2023 Schedule of Events

Deadline for Artist Event Application
Registration March 10 – April 30

Plein Air Workshops
Plein Air Painting in Watercolor with Kathy Rennell Forbes (Activity #30539)
Friday, May 5 – 9am – 4pm
Learn how to quickly find a location and set-up your plein air watercolor supplies. Kathy will share her thoughts and experiences with a live demo during the morning. We will break for lunch; afterwards you will sketch and paint. Kathy will offer individual assistance as needed and requested. Focus will be on finding the spot, creating thumbnails and painting a watercolor in plein air on the beautiful grounds of the Alpharetta Arts Center.
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Plein Air Workshop with Brenda Pinnick (Activity # 30541)
Monday, May 8 – 9am – 4pm
A one-day plein air workshop begun with a demo by instructor in the morning then student painting in the afternoon. Instructor will focus on beginning with a strong design, maintaining a value structure to create a strong sense of time and place. Participants will also discuss personal color choices and how to use them in creative expression and finish with an optional critique. To register, click the button below.
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5-Day Plein Air Invitational
May 9-13, 2023
Various locations throughout Downtown Alpharetta.

Wet Paint Tent Sale
Downtown Alpharetta during Taste of Alpharetta, May 11
Small studies of Alpharetta views will be available for purchase.

Quick Draw Competition
Various locations around City Center and along the Alpha Loop

Quick Draw Awards Presentation
Friday, May 12 from 4:30pm – 6:30pm.
Awards ceremony at 7:30pm in City Center (exact location TBD)

Artists Awards Ceremony and Exhibition Reception
Alpharetta Arts Center
238 Canton St, Alpharetta
Saturday, May 13 from 5pm – 7pm.
Paint the Town Sponsors, partners, and special guests preview and first sale option by invitation only 4-5pm

Plein Air Exhibition at the Alpharetta Arts Center
May 13 – June 10
Many works will be for sale during the Arts Center Hours of Operation:
Monday–Thursday: 8:30am – 8pm
Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm, Saturday: 10am – 4pm

Hotel Information

Comfort Inn Alpharetta-Atlanta North
5455 Windward Pkwy West
Alpharetta, 30004
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Doubletree Atlanta Alpharetta Windward
2925 Jordan Court
Alpharetta, 30004
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Hampton Inn & Suites Alpharetta/Roswell
10740 Westside Way
Alpharetta, 30009
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Hilton Alpharetta Atlanta
5775 Windward Pkwy.
Alpharetta, GA 30005
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Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta North/Alpharetta
4025 Windward Plaza
Alpharetta, 30005
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Alpharetta
12075 Morris Road
Alpharetta, 30004
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Homewood Suites by Hilton
10775 Davis Drive
Alpharetta, 30009
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Sonesta ES Suites Atlanta Alpharetta North Point Mall
1325 North Point Drive
Alpharetta, 30022
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TownePlace Suites Atlanta Alpharetta
7925 Westside Parkway
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