BENNINGTON, Vt. -- About 40 plein air painters will come into the area on Tuesday, Sept. 3, with their mobile French easels, paints, brushes and supplies, huge umbrellas and lots of bug repellent.
They will paint through the following week -- nonstop -- all over Vermont towns and villages, and out into the hills and valleys.
"Plein air" is French for "open air" or outside, in the sunshine, in the driving rain and wind -- and, if it's winter -- in the snow. And there are challenges besides mere weather. The sun and clouds are always moving, shifting the shadows, affecting the colors, and radically changing what the painter sees. The artist needs to visually lock in a moment-in-time and paint that vision.
The Plein Air VT 2013schedule includes:
Thursday, Sept. 5, 6:30 to 9 p.m. -- Charles Reid, nationally acclaimed artist and Plein Air VT juror, will do a watercolor demonstration and book/ DVD signing at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester.
Friday, Sept. 6, 3 to 5 p.m. -- Charles Reid will do an interview and Q&A at the Bennington Museum in Bennington.
Friday, Sept. 6 -- During First Friday in downtown Bennington, plein air artists will paint in the downtown area, amid live music, good food, and much celebration. Local plein air painter Tony Conner will feature in a special exhibit, along with ceramist/ sculptor Teru Simon, at the Bennington Arts Guild on South Street.
Saturday, Sept. 7, 1 p.m. -- Be in downtown Manchester to watch the amazing "Quick-Draw Competition," where more than 50 artists will gather to complete their plein air paintings in exactly two hours. You can buy a finished and framed painting right on the spot.
Saturday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m. -- Come to The Bennington Center for the Arts on Route 9W in Bennington to enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres while you preview the results of the week, close to 100 professional paintings of this corner of Vermont. All paintings will be for sale.
Sunday, Sept. 8, noon to 5 p.m. -- The Grand Awards will be designated and presented by the plein air juror, Charles Reid.
For more information, check the website at www.pleinair-vermont.com.