WHEELING - Rolling hills, beautifully landscaped gardens, nature trails and historic buildings provide inspiration for artists and the public to enjoy early fall in Oglebay for the 7th annual Paint Oglebay Plein Air Event.
Organized by Oglebay Institute and Artworks Around Town, this outdoor art experience takes place Sept. 28 30 and brings together dozens of talented regional artists from Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and beyond to capture the natural beauty of Oglebay on canvas. Spectators are encouraged to visit the creative work sites, witness the process and view finished works at public receptions and art shows.
Art shows take place from 5 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 and 2 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Schrader Environmental Education Center. Both events are free and open to the public. Guests will enjoy food and drink, mingling with the artists and an opportunity to purchase artwork.
The 7th annual Paint Oglebay: Plein Air takes place September 28- 30 at Oglebay. Pictured is plein air artist Dave Bartsch. For more information, call 304-242-6855.
"People typically see art in a museum or exhibit, but rarely do they have the opportunity to watch the artist at work, see first hand the inspiration behind the piece and talk about it with the artist," said Eriks Janelsins, director of Oglebay Institute's Schrader Environmental Education Center. "Events like Paint Oglebay provide these opportunities, which create a meaningful experience for both artists and viewers."
Janelsins said participating artists will enjoy three days of painting throughout the resort as well as the opportunity to participate in workshops, listen to speakers and share inspiration with their peers.
"The feedback we receive from artists is always positive. They keep coming back year after year, and the event continues to grow and attract new artists," he said.
En plein air is a French expression that means in the open air, and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Encompassing a variety of media, from oils to watercolors and pastels, plein air painting originated in 19th-century Europe and has roots in both Realism and Impressionism. It's a familiar concept today, but in the late 1800s when artists ventured out of their studios into nature to investigate and capture the effects of sunlight and different times of days on a subject, it was quite revolutionary.
The concept of gathering groups of artists together to paint outdoors in a central location continues to grow in popularity, and hundreds of plein air events take place in communities throughout the world.
For more information call 304-242-6855 or visit www.oionline.com.