Over 50 artists will show you how painting is done under cover of whatever kind of sky Mother Nature delivers September 22-25, as they capture local scenes set in the city’s plazas and parks from sun-up to sun-down.
Plein air, which translates to in open air, refers to a tradition begun in the early nineteenth century with the invention of portable painting equipment and supplies. Often associated with Impressionist painters, plein air artists take to the outdoors for inspiration as they complete their masterpieces while accounting for weather, changing light conditions, distractions, and interruptions.
Nicole Nathan, Executive Director of the Arts Council explains, “Plein Air Lake Oswego is a unique opportunity for the community to delve into the artist’s process and see how an idea becomes reality.” Luckily, the area is home to many gifted artists, with an increasing number participating each year. That’s a boon to spectators who can watch them at work at these locations: Luscher Farm, Foothills Park, George Rogers Park, Roehr Park, Sundeleaf Plaza, Millennium Plaza, Lakewood Village, and the Lake Oswego boundary of Tryon Creek Natural Area along the Red Fox Trail (only Friday, September 23 for Tryon Creek).
The event will culminate in Art in the Garden, a seasonal farm dinner at Luscher Farm, on Sunday, September 25 beginning at 5:00 p.m. to benefit the Arts Council. Tickets are $85 and available online or by calling 503.534.5708.
Finished plein air artworks will be on display at 510 Museum and ARTspace, 510 First Street from October 7 through October 28.
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