Elizabeth Bartlett Culp, Marble Falls, Texas

Artist Elizabeth Bartlett Culp of Midland paints a home on Brazos Street in Marble Falls during the 2023 Paint the Town Art Festival plein air competition. Culp returns to Marble Falls for the 2024 event from April 21-27. Staff photo by Suzanne Freeman

Marble Falls welcomes a selection of 35 artists to Paint the Town from April 21-27. The 2024 arts festival features a plein air competition, a pop-up art gallery and sale, and opportunities for everyone to get involved in the creative process.

Painting en plein air — in plain air, or outdoors — is an Impressionist trend still popular today. It’s about putting a moment in time on canvas, artist Jeffrey Neal McDaniel told The Picayune Magazine. He is one of the juried artists in this year’s competition.

“When you’re painting in plein air, you’re trying to capture a place, a moment, an emotion,” he said. “It’s not so much what you’re painting but what you’re trying to say, what you are trying to communicate to someone.” 

The festival is the creation of Highland Lakes Creative Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing a love of the arts. It also hosts Sculpture on Main.

Paint the Town artists will set up across Marble Falls throughout the week to paint the places and people that color this part of the Texas Hill Country. Spectators can watch them work and maybe even ask a question or two about their process and techniques. 

Art lovers can browse a gallery of paintings and table-top sculptures at Lakeside Pavilion, 305 Buena Vista Drive, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 25-27. Those who want to test their own skills may enter the Quick Draw Competition on April 27. Registration is online. A Family Art Day is also April 27, starting at 11 a.m. at the pavilion.

Find a full schedule of events and more details at HLCARTS.com