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On Saturday May 20th, and Sunday May 21st, the North Gwinnett Arts Association (NGAA) will host their Suwanee Plein Air Event. “Plein Air” is a French term that means painting in the open air, working directly from the landscape or cityscape as it appears exactly at that moment. Artists will showcase their personalized styles in pursuit of a shared goal – freezing a snapshot in time. As the movement of the sun and clouds alter the lighting and colors of the view, the challenge is to capture the feeling of that moment.

Visitors are invited to watch the artists at work, where some artists will be eager to talk about their work, while others will be so engrossed in their creation they may be unaware of onlookers. In either case, watching an artwork develop under the capable hands of an artist is a fascinating, and unique experience. Participating artists will work for two days within the City of Suwanee creating their art.

Plein Air will culminate on Sunday evening, May 21st, with opening reception at the Gallery for the Arts located in the charming Suwanee Town Center. During this reception the art will be available for public viewing and purchase, with the exhibit moving at a later date to Suwanee City Hall for additional exhibition and viewership.


Artists Paint in Suwanee, Georgia
May 20-21st, 2017

Artists Reception and Sale
Sunday, May 21st, 2017 at the NGAA Center for the Arts Gallery located at 3930 Charleston Market Street, unit B-6, Suwanee, Georgia.

Fine Exhibit and Sale

After the exhibit, the artwork will be moved to Suwanee City Hall for display and purchase.

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Saturday, May 20th

Check in: 9:00 am – 10:00 am at the NGAA Center for the Arts in Suwanee Town Center. 3930 Charleston Market Street Unit B-6, Suwanee, Georgia 30024 Artists’ art materials are stamped at this time. Late arrivals will lose their ability to participate, forfeiting their entry fee. Artists identify their work location on the map (you should research your location in advance) and receive badge to identify you as a participating artist to the public. All artwork must be completed at chosen location using pre-stamped materials. Photographs may not be utilized to assist in creating artwork at any time during the event. Saturday’s event will end at 5:00 pm and all materials must be turned in at the NGAA Center for the Arts.

Sunday, May 21st

Check in: 9 am – 10 am at the NGAA Center for the Arts. Artists may begin working on art at location as soon as they check in and retrieve their materials. All artwork must be completed and ready and turned in at the NGAA Center for the Arts for judging by 3 pm. All 2D artwork must be framed or created on gallery wrapped canvas and be wired for hanging. All artwork must be named, with name and the price of the work indicated on the tags provided to artist. Art sold through the event, will have a 30% donation going to support the NGAA, with 70% profit going to the artist. The awards ceremony and reception will take place from 6 pm – 8 pm at the NGAA Center for the Arts and is open to the public.

Prizes to be Awarded

1st Place / 2nd Place / 3rd Place / Honorable Mention / People's Choice