Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 13 and prepare for a fun day in Burnsville. For the 11th year in a row, the Toe River Arts Council and the Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild are sponsoring the Plein Air Paint Out. Anyone who paints or draws is invited to participate. Following an early morning registration [$30 per artist; free for ages 5-18], artists will walk into an outdoor arena of two-dimensional possibilities in and around Burnsville. And those folks not participating will appear from inside business and homes to watch them. Brushes and pencils in hand, artists will spend the entire day transforming blank “slates” into depictions of our rural community.

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“Sycamore” by John Mac Kah

As the sun follows the slope of the day, the artists mosey back to the Burnsville TRAC Gallery to hang and tag their work. Returning this year is juror, John Mac Kah, well known in Asheville for his plein air painting and teaching. Following the judging, first, second, third place, and student winners will be announced during a dessert reception beginning at 6:30pm. This celebration is free and open to the public.

Juried artwork from this year’s Paint Out will be on display at the Burnsville Gallery from May 13 through June 17; many will be available for sale.

If you draw, paint, enjoy the outdoors, then May 13 is the date and Burnsville the place to be. Bring an umbrella because rain or shine, the TRAC Plein Air Paint Out is happening.






The TRAC Paint Out is supported by a Grassroots Art Grant through the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, a state agency.

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