Paula Holtzclaw (PAP-SE), “Miss Hope,” oil, 11 x 14 inches

Georgia during the fall season sounds like a wonderful place to be, especially when there’s a fantastic plein air opportunity waiting in the wings. What’s the buzz?

A great opportunity to bolster your collection of plein air masterworks lies just around the corner this fall in Thomasville, Georgia. From October 4 through October 7, the Thomasville Visitors Center will host the Plantation Trace Plein Air event. “Thomasville is a well-known cultural center,” says Bonnie Hayes, director of Thomasville Tourism, “and this just gives us one more way to remind people about the beauty of this area.” The Plantation Trace painting sites will be in southern Georgia and northern Florida. PAP-SE (Plein Air Painters of the Southeast) painters are excited about the wealth of natural beauty from bucolic farmlands and ranches to deep forests of pines, palms, and ancient oaks. They also are drawn by this area’s architectural elegance: antebellum homes, old churches, and courthouses steeped in history.

Mary Erickson (PAP-SE), “Gulf Pines,” oil, 8 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches

PAP-SE President Katie Dobson Cundiff suggested that the prestigious group hold its yearly paint-out here after painting in Boston, Georgia, last year at the Cotton Pickin’ Paint Out. “This area has done a wonderful job of conserving its plantations, hunting preserves, and historical structures,” she says. “I know these elements, along with the beauty of the region in October, will inspire beautiful paintings. The warm welcome I always feel here is very much appreciated.”

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