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Artists enjoy outdoors during Buford competition

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File Photo Judith Surowiec paints her interpretation of one of the historic homes in downtown Buford during a past plein air event.

IF YOU GO

• What: Buford Plein Air event

• When: Painting starts at 9 a.m. today and Saturday, judging 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Around the city of Buford and Tannery Row Artist Colony, 554 W. Main St., Buford

• Cost: Free admission

• For more information: Visit www.tanneryrowart...

BUFORD -- Artists this weekened will converge on Buford, taking advantage of the beautiful weather to participate in an annual Plein Air event.

The annual competition draws people as far away as North Carolina, Savannah and Alabama, said Sabrina Bland, who coordinates the event as a member of Tannery Row, Buford's famous art colony.

Painters will have two days, beginning Friday, to set up their canvases outdoors and find inspiration in the city's vistas, buildings and landscapes. Bland said a car show going on Saturday will add another element to capture on canvas.

On Saturday, the works will be on display from 7 to 9 p.m. at Tannery Row, which will also open a second show "Inside Out" at the same time.

During the two-day event, artists can also compete in a pair of "quick draws," where they will have an hour to paint what is placed in front of them, a surprise that could be a bush, a house or a vista. The art will be auctioned at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Bland said.

An awards ceremony, featuring light appetizers and music and sponsored by JFM Frames, will end the festivities at 8:30 p.m., although the art will remain on display until May 26.