Plein-Air painter, painting the Conservatory.

Plein-Air Invitational

Saturday, May 5, 2018

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

From Garden to Canvas: Watch plein-air artists create masterful works, and get inspired to create your own.

Renowned painter James Gurney is joined by more than twenty established plein-air artists spread out across the Garden grounds in a public display of talent and technique. Watch them in action throughout the day using various media, from oils to watercolor to pen and ink. Finished art will be made available for purchase by the individual artists on their websites.

A mother and son enjoy the beauty of the Rose Garden.

Plein-Air Drop In and Draw

Everyone is an artist! Draw inspiration from the Garden as a true plein-air artist. Drop in, grab a stool and some materials, and create an image of the Garden to take home!

Artist Instructors offer guidance every half-hour.

Watercolor—On the Conservatory Lawn. Artist instructor, Naomi Campbell

Ink and Graphite—On the Conservatory Lawn. Artist instructor, Mark Leibowitz

Plein air painter

Artsy Benefit Auction

This year, NYBG is partnering with Artsy for an online Benefit Auction showcasing stunning works from the past two invitationals. Proceeds go directly to the artists, with a portion supporting NYBG’s year-round public programming.

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