A scene from last year’s Art in the Garden Tour in Charlotte.

Those wishing to paint the spring blooms in some of Charlotte, North Carolina’s finest private gardens will need to get their applications ready in the next week. Here’s the lowdown. 

Just 14 artists will be juried in for the “Art in the Garden” event, which is hosted by the Charlotte Garden Club and the Mint Museum Randolph. The North Carolina Plein Air Painters are helping facilitate artist applications, which are due March 6.

The Art in the Garden Tour is scheduled for April 18 and 19, and will feature collectors and garden lovers touring seven private Charlotte area gardens, with working artists painting en plein air at the various sites.

Man-made objects offer counterpoint to the effusive growth of plants in a Charlotte garden.

“The event has gotten so popular with artists that they now have to be juried in,” says Carol Pighin, the Artist Coordinator for the Art in the Garden Tour. “Two other artists and I will pick 14 plein air painters to work in seven gardens. Last year the artists came from North and South Carolina, Virginia, and one from Europe. Watercolorists, oil, and acrylic painters are welcome.”

Artists are encouraged to bring “a few small pieces” to sell while they are painting and at the wrap-up party, with 30% of the proceeds benefiting the Mint Museum Garden Club. Click here to learn more about how you can participate in the event. 


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