Cashiers Plein Air Festival

Nationally acclaimed painters from throughout the country set up their easels to capture the beauty of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau landscape and quaint mountain lifestyle. This type of outdoor location painting is known as plein air, French for open air.

Cashiers Plein Air Festival

The Cashiers Plein Air Festival is a biennial event held to raise funds to enhance The Village Green. During this week-long event, artists set up their easels in and around Cashiers to capture the landscape and lifestyle of the area. These unique paintings are displayed for viewing and sale at The Village Green Commons. Other highlights include a special patrons’ gala and auction as well as workshops and a lecture by the artists.

The Cashiers Plein Air Festival will take place July 12-16, 2016. The week features a fabulous schedule of events to watch art happen!

Palette Passes are $250 and include all demonstrations, Picnic In the Park, and the Palette to Palate affair at The Village Green Commons. To purchase a Palette Pass or pre-register for the Youth Art Paint, call (828) 743-3434 or email

Daily Passes for artist demonstrations are $50 each day or $20 per demonstration. They will be available for sale at the “Will Call” table in the Wet Room.

Tuesday, July 12

11:00 a.m. Artist Demonstration

Morgan Samuel Price, Amazing Waterfall, in oil

1:30 p.m. Artist Demonstration

Mary Hoffman, Making Art a Legacy at Camp Merriewoode, in oil

3:30 p.m. Artist Demonstration

Luke Buck, Historical Barn, in watercolor

Wednesday, July 13

11:00 a.m. Artist Demonstration

Rich Nelson, Portrait in the Landscape, in oil

1:30 p.m. Artist Demonstration

Mark K. Horton, Dramatic Skies in a Landscape, in oil

3:30 p.m. Artist Demonstration

Karen Hewitt Hagan, Sunlight on Boats in a Waterscape, in oil

6:30 p.m. Picnic In the Park

$75 without a Palette Pass
Enjoy a boxed gourmet picnic dinner, libations and live music with select artists painting the picnic scene en plein air. Paintings available for sale at the end of the evening.

Thursday, July 14

11:00 a.m. Artist Demonstration

Larry Moore, Voicing the Creative Limits, in oil

1:30 p.m. Artist Demonstration

Jill Steenhuis, French Impressionist in the Cezanne Style, in oil

3:30 p.m. Artist Demonstration

Karen Weihs, Pushing Paint with the Palette Knife, in oil

Friday, July 15

2:00 p.m. Cashiers Quick Paint

$25 fee
Artists of all experience levels are invited to paint outdoors at The Village Green Commons alongside festival artists in this high spirited competition.

6:30 p.m. Palette to Palate Affair

*Palette Pass Exclusive*
This summer soiree features delectable hors d’oeuvres and desserts with an artful flair, cocktails, live jazz music and the announcement of the festival award winning artists.

Saturday, July 16

11:00 a.m. Youth Art Paint

$30 fee
Kids can join in on the fun of the festival. Fee includes supplies and assistance from a festival artist. Limited availability; pre-registration required.

1:30 p.m. Pottery Demonstration

Justin Allman