Plein Air Festival

This summer is the Fifth Biennial Cashiers Plein Air Festival, an art competition and sale featuring nationally-acclaimed painters from throughout the country.  More than 20 invitational artists will set up their easels to capture the beauty of the North Carolina Mountains July 17-21. Southeast Tourism Society has named Cashiers Plein Air Festival as one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for July 2018. 

Plein air is French for “open air.” More than 20 invitational artists will set up their easels outdoors to capture the beauty of the North Carolina Mountains. Their original art is displayed for viewing and sale at a pop up art gallery at The Village Green Commons in Cashiers.  The artists’ medium, technique and subject matter are varied but every canvas highlights the unique landscape and lifestyle of the area.  Special events, ticketed and open to the public, showcase their art.  

Six festival artists will present live demonstrations and offer insights into their method for painting. Palette Passes include all artist demonstrations under the festival grand tent and the Collector’s Preview Reception in the Festival Gallery July 18. Palette Passes are $100 after.

Artists compete for awards which are presented at the Palette to Palate Affair, a summer soiree on July 20 at The Village Green.  Guests mingle with the festival artists while enjoying live jazz music, cocktails, delectable hors d’oeuvres and desserts with an artful flair.  Tickets to the Palette to Palate Affair are $150 per person ($75 with a Palette Pass). 

For more information, including a schedule of festival events, visit CashiersPleinAirFestival.com. To purchase tickets, email [email protected] or call (828) 200-6910.