Sep 21, 2010

Plein Air Painters: Nothing “Plein” about it

by Tiffany Edwards


The Blue Ridge Plein Air Painters mission is to paint the outdoors, as they experience it. Their work will be on display for students to enjoy Sept. 23 through Nov. 6 in the Liberty Visual Communication Arts (VCAR) Art Gallery.

The Plein Air Painters is a fellowship of five artists from the Lynchburg, Roanoke and Smith Mountain Lake areas. These painters — David Heath, Lois Virginia Babb, Rodney Laughon, Kathy Seek and Charley Turner — do all of their work outdoors, hence the use of the title “en plein air,” which means to paint outdoors. Plein air painting originated in the French Impressionist movement in the 1870s. 

“By attending the show, (Liberty) students are exposed to five of the best plein air painters today.  Also, this group of artists work together on a regular basis,” VCAR Director Todd Smith said. “It will be interesting to compare their styles and techniques when dealing with similar subject matter.  They are given the opportunity to interact with the artists and examine original artwork in person.  This gives the opportunity to examine artistic techniques and skills used in the area of painting.”

The opening of the exhibit will be 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 23. The artists will be at the show and light refreshments will be available. For more information students can search for “Blue Ridge Plein Air Painters” on the Liberty splash page.


EDWARDS is the feature editor.

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