KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The inaugural “Plein Air in the Smokies” will bring 20 nationally acclaimed “plein air” artists to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to capture the beauty and magic of the Smokies. 

From Sept. 26 through Sept. 30 artists will be painting outdoors in different areas of the park.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the artists will be in Elkmont. On Thursday all of the group will be in Cades Cove, and on Saturday a “quick draw” will be held in Maryville.

“Plein air means painting outside, so they’re trying to capture the movement and light of the moment,” said Lauren Gass, Senior Special Projects Director for Friends of the Smokies. The art of en plein air was essential to the Impressionist Movement.

Gass stopped by WATE 6 On Your Side News at Midday to talk about what this event will bring to the park.

“They’re going to paint all week in the park and at the end of the week theyre going to have masterpieces on canvas of all the things we love in the Smokies,” she said.

“If you’re an artist we’d like to invite you to be a part of that,” Gass said.

The event is a fundraiser for Friends of the Smokies. The week will conclude at Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville, TN with judging and a ticketed gala and a private art sale on Saturday evening, Oct. 1. A public sale is set for Oct. 2. 

The artists are experienced painters and have been doing this for many years, Gass said.

For more information and how visitors can take part in the event, head to the event webpage.