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Roswell artist to participate in Callaway Gardens Plein Air Paint Out
Roswell artist to participate in Callaway Gardens Plein Air Paint Out

ROSWELL, Ga. -- A Roswell woman is one of 33 artists nationwide selected to participate in the second annual Plein Air Paint Out, Art Show and Sale at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

Millie Gosch was thrilled to be chosen for the second year in a row.

"I'm very excited about the Callaway Plein Air event," she said. "I participated also last year, and it was the highlight of my year. The gardens and surrounding areas are beautiful to paint."

During the week of Apr. 10, Gosch and her fellow artists will set up their easels at Callaway Gardens, as well as other public and private gardens throughout the state, and create depictions of the beautiful spring that has graced Georgia after an especially brutal winter.

"I will be up at sunrise and paint all day each day until sunset," said Gosch, a Newnan native who studied art history at Salem College in North Carolina. "Often I will return to a spot that I have painted before to try to capture it again. I look for light patterns and shadow shapes. I love color."

Gosch is known throughout Metro Atlanta as an expert on en plein air, or the act of painting outside. She has taught several classes on plein air and oil painting in the natural beauty of Coweta County.

"This genre of painting is not taught in art schools and universities. It's been kept alive for the last 120 years by private teachers and artist colonies and ateliers," she said. "I'm proud that I have the ability to teach this style of painting. Using a limited palette and seeing objects as shapes really makes a difference. I love to watch the process happen with each artist I teach."

Gosch's work has been featured in Frameworks Gallery (1205 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, 30068), where she was listed as one of its most popular aritsts in 2010.

She has also entered her paintings in numerous local competitions; some of them were even chosen to be in last year's Southern Living Idea House in Senoia, Georgia. The brightly colored landscapes were hung in the dining room of the home designed by Jamie McPherson.

Paintings completed during the Plein Air Paint Out will be judged by Jean Stern, executive director of the Irvine Museum in Irvine, California. They will be featured and sold during a cocktail reception at the Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center on Friday, Apr. 15.

And Gosch is more than ready for the challenge.

"The soul of an artist is always striving to push and grow -- and paint one more painting better than the last!" she said. "I'm always seeking my next level. I just want to paint and make good paintings that convey a time and place that will take each viewer on their special journey. I'd like to be remembered for doing that."

For more information on the 2011 Plein Air Paint Out, visit the Callaway Gardens website.