Nationally acclaimed painters from throughout the country set up their easels around Cashiers to capture the natural beauty of the North Carolina Mountains. This type of outdoor location painting is known as en plein air, French for open air. Their original art is displayed for viewing and sale in Cashiers. Special events, ticketed and open to the public, highlight the art and create a community festival atmosphere that draws thousands of attendees to Cashiers and the surrounding area. Other highlights include a special patron party, the Palette to Palate Affair, as well as live demonstrations by the artists.