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Plein Air Fest, Etc. ainting outdoors (en plein air) became wildly popular with both French and American Impressionists in the 19th century. It coincided with the introduction of oil paint in tubes and the invention of the “field easel,” making it easy to take painting out of the studio and into nature. Today, it is not unusual to visit a national park or a nature preserve and see an artist working at a portable easel, instantly capturing the towering mountain peaks, breathtaking vistas and awe-inspiring panoramas. The Plein Air Fest takes place on the Sculpture Trail of the National Museum of Wildlife Art early on the morning of June 20th. Called a “Quick Draw,” the event features 50 artists who begin and complete a painting in four hours or less. An admiring crowd of art lovers will gather to chat with the artists but mainly to watch in amazement. Then they will bid on the works of art and take them home—carefully, so as not to smear the very fresh paint. EVENTS: P LEIN A IR F EST P The Fourth Annual Plein Air Fest, Etc. will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015, starting at 9 AM, National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Sculpture Trail. Bidding for the art begins at 1:30 PM. Visit WildlifeArt,/org/pleinair for more information. The 2014 Plein Air Fest on the Museum’s Sculpture Trail. ETC. 58


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