Spotlight | Olmsted Plein Air Invitational

Atlanta, GA
Olmsted Linear Park, April 22-26

Hiu Lai Chong, Catch of the Day, 12 x 16.

Hiu Lai Chong, Catch of the Day, 12 x 16.

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This month marks the first-ever Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, held in Atlanta’s award-winning Olmsted Linear Park. For four days, 30 artists convene to capture the park as it’s never been captured before. The weekend offers a multitude of events and opportunities for the public to watch artists create and to purchase their works. Co-chairs Lillian Ansley and Andy Hall wanted to bring a first-class event to Atlanta. “We are motivated to make this event exceedingly successful along with documenting what was [landscape architect] Frederick Law Olmsted’s last masterpiece before he died,” Ansley says. Here we introduce you to six artists participating in this year’s event.

Working in both oil and watercolor, Cindy Baron paints the landscapes of the western mountains and coastal shorelines. A self-described “blended traditionalist,” Baron uses the harmony of color and shape to create an earthly realism. Hiu Lai Chong’s oil paintings are inspired by the marinas and shorelines of the picturesque Chesapeake Bay. Chong is a member of many national art groups and winner of multiple awards, including first place in Southwest Art’s Artistic Excellence competition.

Landscape artist Robert J. Simone believes that “the art of painting is a passionate response to nature.” Simone’s plein-air oil paintings use his innate sense of color and composition to create his unique artistic vision. Since 1995, William Suys has captured figures, animals, architecture, and landscapes in his realistic paintings. In 2013, Suys received Signature status from the Oil Painters of America and won Best of Show at Salon International.

Jill Basham’s plein-air landscapes include the countryside, cityscapes, and seascapes, all done with the intent of capturing the emotion of the scene through her brushwork, color palette, and color temperature range. For 35 years, Jill Steenhuis has lived in the south of France, working in the French Impressionist style. Her vibrant oil, watercolor, and pastel works are heavily influenced by Paul Cézanne, and she paints in many of the same spots in France as the master painter. —Joe Kovack

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