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Plein Air Artist Reception

“Artists Sketching in the White Mountains” by Winslow Homer, 1868, oil painting.

“Artists Sketching in the White Mountains” by Winslow Homer, 1868, oil painting.

In June local artists will spend a couple of hours painting their perception of Virginia City. This reception will give the public an opportunity to meet the artists and review and discuss their depictions of Virginia City.

According to artistsnetwork.com, plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel—the precursor to the plein air easels of today—allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.”

Come see how our local artists deal with “light and its changing, ephemeral qualities.”