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Plein air event to highlight fall colors

SUWANEE -- In the second installment of the fall Plein Air event, organizers expect a higher number of professional artists to participate than during a similar event in the spring.

North Gwinnett Arts Association President Vickie Johnson said about 12 to 15 artists will work on Saturday and Sunday in the parks, Town Center and historic areas of Suwanee.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

"It's a different clientele," Johnson said. "I find that the people that paint in the fall are a bit more professional than the people who paint in the spring, who are more out there having fun and trying something new."

Most of the artists use oil in their work, but Johnson said there are many types of entries including water color, acryllic, oil pastel, drawing and photography.

The event is named after a French term that means painting in open air and working directly from the landscape/cityscape as it appears at that moment.

"It's my favorite season," Johnson said. "You've got all of those oranges, and yellows and reds, burgundies. It's a beautiful time of year."

The event will culminate with a Sunday evening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ippolitos' in Town Center that will include an exhibit and sale of the artists' work. Johnson said the reception would be a great opportunity to buy early Christmas gifts. Prizes are given in categories such as artist's choice, people's choice and first, second and third place prizes.

"Somebody will see an artist working on certain scene and say, 'I want to buy that when you're done,'" Johnson said.

All entries will be on display at City Hall for public viewing after the event.

"I'm hoping with time and as we establish the event, the longer we do it that the crowds will become larger," Johnson said.