High Cotton Plein Air Paint Out 2023

Event Date:

October 4, 2023

Event Time:

8:30 am

Event Location:

Thomasville and Boston, GA

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In this four-day Plein Air Paint Out we will paint spectacular red clay roads, moss-covered oaks, cotton fields and the beautiful historic streets of downtown Thomasville. Our award-winning artists will be your hosts.

This is a great opportunity to meet award-winning artists and make new friends!

The paint out will include opportunities for wet sales of your work. If someone wants to buy your painting off your easel, just remember our 33% commission.


New This Year, You Can Sign up to be One of No More Than 12 Volunteers!

You will get your entry cost slashed to $30 dollars.

Get a cool hat.

Work with the host artists.

Get to make this event even better.

And be loved.

What you may be asked to do?

Help with check-in, set up and take down wet shows, fuss with lighting, put up yard signs, pass out flyers and have fun. You will be asked to join a group internet meeting in September so you will have a chance to ask questions.  (Yes, you will have time to paint.)

Event Timelines


CHECK-IN AT 8:30 a.m. at the Covey Nest, 210 W. Jackson St.  You will meet your talented hosts and volunteers who will explain the fun events in the paint out. The Covey Nest building will be open throughout the day so you can hang out, pick up water and use the bathrooms. The building will remain open until 5 p.m.

Quick Draw Contest from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Big Oak at 124 Monroe Ave. (on the corner of Monroe and Crawford). The host artists will be the judges and pass out the ribbons to the winners.

After lunch we will paint on two historic streets, Jackson Street and Broad. This is our opportunity to paint the historic downtown and attract shoppers to our High Cotton Art Sale. Lots of people will love to watch you paint. Please encourage them to come to the closing sale on Friday night.


CHECK-IN AT 8:30 a.m. at the Boston Community Club, 109 North Main St. in Boston. This farming town is 10 miles east of Thomasville and has many sites on the National Register of Historic Places. While most rural towns are disappearing, Boston just gets stronger. Surrounded by properties with extensive acreage and snowbirds who participate in winter hunting dog field trials, the wealth is hidden down the clay roads and backwoods.  You can find cotton fields and farms where you may pull off the roads, but do not go into fenced farms. Details are in the works for a wet sale in Boston.

You’re welcome to go to Danny’s Cabin and Pond, 389 Peach Orchard Road at 9 a.m. (Clay road is slippery when wet.) Look for the first gate on the left, drive in and park near the cabin. Danny Groover is the mayor of Boston and has been a supporter of plein air events for many years. There is a bathroom in the cabin. Check out the cotton fields from his side yard or choose the lovely pond in the back. Just beyond the property on Peach Orchard there is a spot to paint the road canopied by oak trees draped with Spanish moss.

For lunch you can choose Main Street Café, 105 N. Main St., which is open for breakfast and lunch, and The Silo, 104 W. Pear St., which offers casual dining and outdoor seating may be open too.

In the afternoon walk around and explore Boston. There are silos, a train depot, Main Street shops, a Carnegie Library, the Baptist Church with a stunning stained-glass window, and peanut wagons, all in the center of tiny Boston. You are sure to find a place to paint. The stores have cute merchandise too.

We’ll have an ITALIAN DINNER at 5 p.m. at the Community Club, a gift every year to us from Gioia Palmerio. This gal can cook!  Bring your own favorite beverage.


Meet at 9 a.m. at the Glen Iris Farm, 671 Martin Road. The winding dirt driveway to this “gentleman’s farm” passes a cotton field and runs under spectacular old moss-dripping oaks. There are two ponds on the property. Feel free to explore the acres of old growth. The farm has farm animals and friendly dogs. Bring bug spray.


PREPARE FOR OUR HIGH COTTON PAINTING WET SALE THIS EVENING FROM 5:30 TO 7:30. Volunteers will be hanging your paintings from 2 to 3:30 at Covey Nest.

Oct. 6 is a First Friday Sip and Shop that will bring people our way. Please paint with our hosts around the shops and restaurants on Broad Street and one block east and west. We have flyers to the show that you can distribute too.  You can also help draw a crowd by painting around the Covey Nest.

 You may bring up to three paintings to show at the in the wet sale. You may switch paintings the next morning at 9 a.m. as the sale will resume Saturday at 10:30 a.m. before closing at 1:30 p.m.


We will open at 9:30 a.m. at the Covey Nest to complete the set-up for the day’s final sale, which will open at 10:30 and close at 1:30.

 We will have a closing Quick Draw outside the Covey Nest from 11 to 1. The winners will be selected by shoppers on the street.

 After the Quick Draw, please pick up your work by 2 then come over to Hubs and Hops, 209 Remington Ave. (on the other side of the amphitheater) to say goodbye to our wonderful hosts and friends.


The sale starts Friday evening. You will be able to show up to three paintings; when a painting is sold you may replace it. All work must be framed, and a strong wire must be across the back of the painting. You will be given a card for you to describe the work and the price; we will hang the work with your card.  We plan to send you a check for your sales by the end of the month. 

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  • Thomasville and Boston, GA

Event Schedule Details

  • October 4, 2023 8:30 am   -   8:00 pm
  • October 5, 2023 8:30 am   -   8:00 pm
  • October 6, 2023 9:00 am   -   8:00 pm
  • October 7, 2023 9:30 am   -   2:30 pm

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