Carrying on the French tradition of painting outdoors in the open air, the Cashiers Plein Air Festival attracts nationally known artists to create new works in and around the Jackson County town. From Tuesday, July 17, to Saturday, July 21, painters will set up their easels and partake in activities ranging from a quick-paint competition to a youth artist mentoring event to the Palette to Palate Affair summer soiree, where standout pieces will be honored through the Ring Art Awards. The original art that comes out of the festival will be displayed for viewing and available for purchase. The biennial event is a fundraiser to ensure the ongoing preservation and operation of The Village Green, a 12.5-acre public park. Ticket prices vary. cashierspleinairfestival.com. Photo courtesy of The Village Green
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