An Exhibition by Plein Air Painters of Maine at Jackson Memorial Library

The Jackson Memorial Library in Tenants Harbor will feature To Paint the Way a Bird Sings(Monet): An Exhibition by Plein Air Painters of Maine, from April 1st through May 31st, 2017.  Among PAPME artists participating in the exhibition are Kathy Baribeau, Geoff Bladon, Edward Buonvecchio, Ken Carlson, Carol Douglas, Livy Glaubitz, Corinne McIntyre, Leecia Price, Richard Smith, Sally Giddings Smith, Luise van Keuren, Peter Yesis, and several other artists and includes works in a variety of mediums including oils, watercolors and pastels. 

The term “en plein air,” meaning “in the open air,” is French because it was the 19th century French impressionist movement that took painting out of the studio and championed painting outdoor subjects on the actual site where artists gained the richest sense of immediacy, color, and light, guided by the experience of their impressions rather than by fixed tradition. Although minor touch-up in the studio afterward is permitted, plein air work is born and accomplished outdoors at the subject site. As this exhibition features work from artists in all areas of the state, the subject matter will vary by artist and might include coastal landscapes or mountain views. 

Plein Air Painters of Maine (PAPME) began with four professional mid-coast artists who proposed painting regularly together outdoors. This cluster of artists became an organization with now well over 500 members linked by regular email information of groups gathering in locations throughout the state. Over 20 different artists will be on display during the exhibition.

Last year the Reed Gallery at the University of Maine, PI, mounted an exhibition of PAPME artists who also spent days painting The County after the opening. In late summer, PAPME hosts its Annual Great American Paint Out as part of a nationwide festival of outdoor painting with an exhibition and auction, sponsored by Oil Painters of America.  New artists may sign up to receive email news and schedules at pleinairpaintersofmaine.blogspot.com.  There are no dues associated with the organization; all media are welcome, and artists come and leave when they want. The goal is simply to share experience and meet fellow artists throughout the year, as weather permits.

The public is invited to a reception for the PAPME artists from 6 to 8 PM on Friday, April 7th where they will have the opportunity to view the artwork and speak with the artists while enjoying light refreshments. 

The Jackson Memorial Library is a non-profit private library serving the town of St. George.  They provide enrichment programs for all ages in the community.  The library is proud to partner with Maine artists and shares a wide variety of artwork with the community.  The Jackson Memorial Library receives a 30% commission from the sale of art.

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