Plein Air Trail

Gadsden & Etowah County


The Gadsden Museum of Art sponsored four plein air events--2009 & 2010 Southeastern Plein Air Festival, the 2011 Southeastern Plein Air Invitational, and the Southeastern Paint Out 2011. At each event artists painted on location for five days. The locations included Noccalula Falls and Pioneer Village, the Coosa River, parks like the James Martin Wildlife Park, farms and vineyards, historic downtowns (Gadsden, Alabama City, Attalla), and homes and gardens in the historic districts. For these events painting locations had to accommodate 15 or more painters plus volunteers and visitors. But there are many smaller sites for plein air painting and the members of the Gadsden Art Association frequently go plein air painting on Saturdays. Watch this site for detailed information and photos of sites.