Artist check-in from 3 – 5 p.m. at the old Boston hardware store, corner of Jefferson and Main (109 Jefferson). Walk about the town and check out places to paint, like the train depot, the tiny Carnegie Library, the silos and peanut wagons, the 1836 Presbyterian Church, the Hooks’ circa 1900 historic house at 338 E Jefferson St., the marble exterior of the City Hall and the restored 1873 original city hall and fire station, now the court house and police station. The entire town is on the National Historic Register so there are many good choices. The restaurant The Buzzery serves delicious food, mead and beer outside under a tin roof at lunch and dinner, the Boston Café has indoor seating for breakfast and lunch, real country style, or you can scoot over to Thomasville to eat with lots to choose from.
High Cotton 2020: October 7-10
The 2020 High Cotton Plein Air Festival is a four-day outdoor painting event starting on Wednesday, October 7 and ending on Saturday, Oct 10, with an art exhibit and sale. It takes place in the beautiful and unusual rural small towns of Southwest Georgia. Its aim is to bring artists together to paint outside in the fresh air while getting to know one another and sharing their work.
The event prompts applicants to explore the unique harvesting of cotton fields, spectacular red clay roads and the beauty of the rural South. Each day, artists start off in Boston, Georgia, a town listed on the National Historic Register. It is just 10 miles east of the charming city of Thomasville, (Thomasvillega.com) awarded as one of Georgia’s best tourist towns, which offers fun, with independent restaurants and lodging in the old downtown shopping area. The entrance fee is $50, and all painters must be current members of Pines & Palms. Membership starts at $35.
Wednesday, Oct 7
Thursday, gather at Watt Park on North Main Street.at 8:30 a.m.
AM Glen Iris Farm, 671 Martin Rd. The winding dirt driveway goes past a cotton field and runs under spectacular old moss dripping oaks to a gentleman’s “farm.” Owner Jason Freeman will be out hunting but the bathrooms in the trailer cottage will be open to us. There are two ponds in the property. Feel free to explore. Bring bug spray!
PM Danny’s Cabin and Pond, 389 Peach Orchard Rd. (Slippery Clay road 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 a supporter of plein air events for many years. His vacation property is beautiful. Paint cotton fields from his side yard or choose the lovely pond in the back. On the way you will pass rural roads and farms, and just beyond the property on Peach Orchard there is a lovely spot to paint.
Friday, gather at Watt Park on North Main Street at 8:30 a.m.
AM Red canopy clay roads (not if rains). There will be two options – maps will be distributed. It is said that doctors in town tell their ailing patients to take two back roads and call me in the morning.
PM Train Depot, Pear Street, silos and peanut wagons in the center of Boston. So many artists have painted the silos that it has become common to see the paintings in a lot of homes around here. Try to make your paintings pick up something that others have missed!
Saturday, gather at Watt Park on North Main Street at 8:30 a.m.
9 – 11 a.m. Drop off up to three of your paintings for the closing show and fill out and turn in the gallery tags. The “High Cotton Wet Art Exhibit” will be from 3 to 5 p.m. in Boston’s old hardware store. This location has enough space to allow collectors to view the art at safe distance; masks will be required. Please bring easels to show your work.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. On your own
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Judging for first-, second- and third-place ribbons. New this year, awards will be given in two categories, professional and novice. There will not be a calendar contest this year.
3 – 5 p.m. 2020 High Cotton Wet Art Exhibit, Sale and Awards
5 p.m. Sign up for the online show or pick up unsold works. As a bonus, artists may also show and sell on Pines & Palms online High Cotton Plein Air Show starting October 17 and closing January 17. We will offer to photograph your work after the show for $15.