Open Air Painters Featured in Presque Isle Exhibit/Art Walk Invite Public to Paint With Them
The Plein Air Painters of Maine will be the feature of a gallery exhibit at the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Art Gallery and part of the First Friday Art Walk on May 6.
So, what is Plein Air painting, you ask?
Carol L. Douglas of Plein Air Painters of Maine says the term is a loan-phrase from French meaning open-air painting. "The French have another term for this kind of work: sur le motif, or ‘on the ground,’ which implies painting what someone actually sees rather than a stylized, studio piece. I like the latter better, because it tells you something about what the artist strives for—to reproduce the lighting, scene and visual conditions of a time and place.”
The artists to be featured include Ed Buonvecchio, Ken Carlson, Carol Douglas, Michael Everett, Jane Frost, Sally Giddings Smith, Penny Markley, Corinne McIntyre, Candace McKellar, Kerrin Parkinson, Richard Reitz Smith, Felicity Sidwell, Gwen Sylvester, Michael E. Vermette, Luise van Keuren and Peter Yesis, and at least fourteen others.
The Plein Air Painters will also host a special Aroostook County Paint Out event on May 7 and 8 for local artists, aspiring artists, students, and community members. Starting at 9 a.m. each day, artists will gather at the Reed Gallery and go to an Aroostook location to paint. There is no registration fee to take part and no experience is necessary. The general public is also invited to view artists on location for the paint out. The Reed Gallery Facebook Event Page will provide ongoing details about the event.
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