An Okotoks artist is helping to bring together two formative arts communities to share an activity in the great outdoors in southern Alberta.
Cheryl Taylor, owner of Lineham House Galleries in Okotoks, is the event co-ordinator for the Plein Air Paint Out in Rosebud, Sept. 6-7.
“It’s just the idea of connecting these two culturally rich communities and Lineham House is sponsoring this and helping organize along with some local artists in the communities,” Taylor said.
Former Okotokian Dee Poisson, who also had a gallery and lived in Okotoks, is also helping to co-ordinate the Rosebud event.
Plein air is paining outside and reacting to what Mother Nature has to offer.
“It is just a response to something immediately and not crafted in a studio over time,” Taylor explained. “They tend to be fairly impressionist, in fact I think it started during the impressionist era of art, which continues through this day.”
Artists are expected from Calgary, Okotoks and throughout central and southern Alberta to converge on Rosebud to paint outdoors throughout one of the most picturesque rural towns in Alberta.
“It’s a beautiful valley,” Taylor said. “Some very famous artists like AY Jackson and HG Glyde, spent a lot of time there.”
The artists participating in Plein Air Paint Out will use a variety of media, from oils, through watercolours and pastels to simple sketching. These artists encourage other artists to get out outside, paint with them, share their ideas and a love of nature and art. Artists of any kind including photographers are welcome to celebrate the beauty of the area. The public can join in the fun by watching individual artists work as they move from painter to painter.
The event runs Sept. 6 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 7.
For more information go to https://m.facebook.com/events/2349207031854192?ti=icl