Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens  

A Plein Air Painting Event


Saturday, May2 and Sunday, May 3, 2020

9 AM – 5 PM

Randy Pitts Across Lake Ray.360h Randy Pitts “Across Lake Ray” 8×10 oil on linen panel – Private Collection

About The Event

The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens and First Coast Plein Air Painters will host the 2019 A Brush with Nature, a Plein Air painting event, on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday May 3 at the Jacksonville Arboretum.

The event schedule is as follows:

Saturday, May 2
• 9 AM – 5 PM – Food Truck Guests
• 11 AM – 1 PM – Music
• Noon – 3 PM – Children’s Art Activities
• Artists’ Demos (see schedule at the event)

Sunday, May 3
• 9 AM – 5 PM – Food Truck Guest
• 11 AM – 2 PM – Music
• Noon – 3 PM – Children’s Art Activities
• Artists’ Demos (see schedule at the event)

At this free-admission event, you can enjoy the gardens while many of the region’s finest landscape artists set up their easels to capture the essence of the Arboretum’s beautiful settings and paint their favorite scenes from locations throughout the 120-acre site.

All works of art created at the event are available for sale – with proceeds benefiting the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens and the artists. The artwork is very affordable and offers a wide range of sizes and media, from watercolors and acrylics to oils and pastels. Purchasing an original painting allows the buyer to take home a lasting memory of the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Visitors can stroll along the trails while they watch and interact with artists as they work.

The event schedule includes children’s art and artist’s demos.

More details on entertainment, food and other activities will be announced in the coming months.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Dana Doody at danad@jacksonvillearboretum.org.

Artists who would like to participate should contact First Coast Plein Air Painters President Stephen Dunn at stephendunnart@att.net.

What is the ‘Plein Air’ Tradition?

“En Plein Air” is a French term meaning “in the open air.” Since the mid-19th Century and the advent of portable painting supplies like the paint tube and “box” easels, artists have taken to the outdoors.

The plein air movement brought artists out of their studios and into the natural light. It birthed a new type of artist who recorded the everyday scenes of life in the colors and light that nature provided and offered artists a new way to approach their painting process. The 19th century English landscape painter, John Constable, noted that “artists should forget formulas and trust their own vision in finding truth in nature.” The stiff formality and romanticism of the studio gave way to this entirely new concept resulting in such movements as the Barbizon School and the Impressionists.

In Europe, painters you might recognize such as Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Degas, and Renoir, took to the outdoors using colors and brush strokes that captured sparkling natural light. Here in America, artists’ colonies began to spring up, particularly on the East and West coasts and in the Southwest, where artists like William Merritt Chase, Edmund Tarbell, Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, Edgar Payne, William Wendt and many others expanded on the plein air tradition.

Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of a Wood.
en:1885. en:John Singer Sargent. Oil on canvas. 54.0 x 64.8 cm. en:Tate Gallery, en:London.

Today, plein air is enjoying a huge resurgence, with groups forming all around the country. Open air artists study and paint the light as it appears under different weather conditions and at different times of day. The challenge of painting loosely and expressively takes the form of both finished paintings and studies that might later be finished in a studio setting.

Plein Air painting has a long and colorful history and is just as relevant today as 100 years ago, and perhaps even more so, as artists feel a particular need to capture landscapes that are rapidly disappearing from our daily lives due to both development and natural causes.

source – www.wikipedia.org

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