Artists who paint en plein air (in the open air) challenge themselves to capture the true sense of a place at a specific moment in time. The plein air painter is limited to a two-hour window in which to complete the painting. Within that timeframe, “one cannot be assured that all elements of a scene will automatically make a good composition,” explains exhibition curator Maryalice Eizenberg. “A willingness to move the elements around to create an impression of the place that is rhythmic and pleasing is essential. Making and executing quick decisions that result in a successful painting is the challenge that exhilarates the artist who has embraced this historic tradition.”
Exhibiting artists are Philip Bergson, Robina Carter, Jane Eccles, Maryalice Eizenberg, Steve Kennedy, Peg LoPresto, William Maloney, Rosalie Nadeau, JoAnn Ritter, Merylle-Lee Thompson, Phill Thompson, and Joyce Zavorskas. There will be several artist demonstrations throughout the length of the exhibition. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 2 pm. Also open Thursday evenings in August until 8 pm. Information at www.highfieldhall.org.