Just what is "plein air" anyway? It's 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. And schlepping their equipment around is not easy. But these are professionals, and they happen to come packaged with an ingrained sense of humor and adventure.
But painting isn't all that happens during the week, and the sheer fun and success of this event hinges on your participation. So here's what Plein Air VT 2013 has cooked up: On Thursday evening, Sept. 5, 6:30 - 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.
On Friday afternoon, Sept. 6, from 3 - 5 p. m., Charles Reid will do an interview and Q&A at the Bennington Museum in Bennington.
On Friday evening, Sept.
On Saturday, Sept. 7, at 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.
On Saturday evening, Sept. 7, at 7 p. m., Come to The Bennington Center for the Arts on Route 9W in Bennington to enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres while previewing the results of the week, by close to 100 professional paintings of this corner of Vermont. All paintings will be for sale.
On Sunday, Sept. 8, from noon until 5 p.m., the Grand Awards will be designated and presented by plein air juror, Charles Reid.
For more information, check the website at www.pleinair-vermont.com.