Funded by the Asheville Area Arts Council in 2014, 2015 and again in 2016, we meet every Tuesday in locations around Buncombe County. New for 2016, our Featured Artist presentations will be every 3 weeks, between March 29 and October 26. The Featured artist will share their approach and philosophy and give a brief demonstration of their painting technique. Each artist then chooses their own spot nearby to paint. The group comes back together after a few hours to talk and show one another their paintings. Artists who attend the demo are responsible for their own transportation and for bringing their own supplies.
“I so appreciate the inclusive nature of AULP. There is no requirement for studio space/location or resume. The financial investment is minimal and the community of artist is open and accepting while still encouraging and challenging. It has broadened my experience of the art community and given me a more open experience of the community at large.” B Adams
“AULP is supportive in exploring places in Asheville and techniques that I wouldn’t go to or try without it.” K Childs
“As a featured artist, it has been a wonderful opportunity to connect with the community and other fellow artists and create a momentum of enthusiasm for plein air. It’s a wonderful thing for tourists to see active artists in and around town as an example of Asheville as an arts destination….” C. Webster (featured artist 2014)
AULP creates opportunity for skill sharing and networking that can lead to economic gain. Featured artists contribute to the goal of mastery of our art form. We interact with the community on a weekly basis, sharing the love of our area and art. Networking and communications with artists, citizens, local media and leaders to encourages others to enjoy plein air. We paint the town, finding subject matter in a wide variety of venues from urban streets to parks and gardens, invoking appreciation for our beautiful and vibrant environs. With great enthusiasm, we celebrate life in Asheville through art!
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