Plein Air Artists Invade the Northshire

Plein Air Artists Invade the Northshire

Plein Air Artists Invade the Northshire

About forty plein air painters will sweep into our area on Tuesday, September 3; just what is plein air?   It’s French for “open air” or outside, in the sun, in the rain and wind…and, if it’s winter, in the snow.  There are challenges besides mere weather.  The sun and clouds are always moving, shifting shadows, affecting colors and
changing what the painter sees.  And schlepping their equipment around is not easy.  But these are professionals, and they come with an ingrained sense of humor and adventure.

Painting isn’t all that happens during the week. On Thursday September 5, 6:30 to 9, Charles Reid, acclaimed artist and Plein Air Vermont juror, will do a watercolor demonstration and book/DVD signing at Manchester’s Northshire Bookstore. On Friday, September 6, Charles Reid will do an interview and Q&A at the Bennington Museum. That evening, during First Friday in downtown Bennington, plein air artists will paint in the downtown area, amid live music, food and fun.

There will be an opening reception, 5 to 8, for a new exhibit
featuring local plein air painter Tony Conner and ceramist/sculptor Teru Simon, at the Bennington Arts Guild on South Street.

Saturday, September 7, be in downtown Manchester at 1 p.m. to watch the amazing Quick-Draw Competition, where more than 50 artists will gather to complete plein air paintings in two hours; buy a finished and framed painting right on the spot.

That evening at 7, come to the Bennington Center for the Arts to enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while you preview the results of the week. Close to 100 professional paintings of our corner of Vermont will be for sale.

Sunday, September 8, noon until 5, the Grand Awards presented by Plein Air Vermont juror Charles Reid. For details, visit


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