A couple of weeks ago the non-profit where I work sponsored a Plein Air. I am told that Plein Air is French for "fresh air" but in this context it means "open air," as in artists painting in the open air. In our particular case, 37 artists from around the region gathered at the Arboretum for three days and painted whatever inspired them. The art was sold at a Saturday night gala to benefit both artist and non-profit.
By any measure, the event was a great success. Beautiful weather, lots of new visitors to our fledgling Arboretum, a fun festival and gala where lots of art was sold.