Monday, September 14, 2009

Plein Air Paint Out - October 3 & 4 and October 10 & 11

Auction: McCauley Mountain October 11

Silent Auction begins at 12pm; Live Auction begins at 5pm


Celebrated regional artists will be on scene to capture the beauty of the Old Forge area and its spectacular autumn landscape over the course of the first two weekends in October.


Using paint, canvas, paper and pastels artists will capture the magnificence of fall in artwork to be auctioned to benefit the Arts Guild of Old Forge.   Their methods for recording their vision will be on display as they work at easels at various sites around the community to paint their surroundings.  It is an opportunity to show the public what artists do during the painting process.


The event will culminate with an exhibition/auction at McCauley Mountain on October 11, in which everyone will have the opportunity to bid on local scenes created here during the event.  Live entertainment and hors d’oeuvres will be part of this event, which will be fun for the whole family as well as the serious or beginning art collector.


For a full list of participating artists visit us at



“As we approach the Old Forge Plein Air Paint Out, the weekends of October 3 & 4 and 10 & 11 and the Auction Event that will follow, artists are gearing up for this special event.  We thought it might be interesting for participating artists and those who will go out to watch them create to learn what the experience is like.  We asked Loretta Lepkowski, a valued member of the planning committee, as well as an artist who will paint in this event to share her thoughts on Paint Outs she has been involved in that were sponsored by other groups.  Below, Loretta shares her thoughts.  Thank you, Loretta.”


Old Forge Plein Air Paint Out Committee Chairman, Linda Weal




Experiences of a Novice Plein Air Artist

by Loretta Lepkowski


As a relative newcomer to the world of Plein Air, I experienced my initial public

Plein Air/ Paint Out events sponsored by the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust at Trenton Falls last fall and this spring at Constable Hall.   Truthfully, I hardly slept the night before both events in nervous anticipation, wondering if I could pull it off.  Could I paint something on site, outdoors in open view of the public within a specified time frame that would be suitable for that evening’s auction? 


At Trenton Falls, we were fortunate to have a beautiful fall October day.  Another novice artist friend and I settled upon a site along the tree-lined path.  I was without an easel but utilized my borrowed lawn chair and started in with a loose sketch of two large pine trees that were joined at the base.  The curious onlookers who came to view Trenton Falls wandered by and were surprised and curious to find us painting along the trail.   


Gradually, I became more encouraged despite my ongoing concerns of my ability to paint spontaneously with my watercolors in this open setting.  I discovered that people were more polite and supportive than critical of our work. It actually became fun for me as I was socializing too.   I managed to complete two small watercolor paintings but found to my dismay that I had measured one too small for the frame I had brought.  Luckily, the “Joined  Trees”  painting got framed and subsequently, it sold at the exciting benefit auction that evening.  I felt that I had graduated into a new realm of painting that was rather unexpected and thrilling.


The Constable Hall Plein Air Paint Out event was even more challenging for me.

Not only was it in my neck of the woods where I would encounter many familiar faces; but I had recruited my son and his classmates to volunteer and wanted them to do a good job.  I felt more of the time constraints as well as the pressure to produce a painting that would interest a buyer at the auction that evening.  I set up after other artists were already painting and quickly chose to place my new portable easel near a vendor’s tent who seemed an interesting subject.  This older man wearing a weathered hat and a plaid shirt with suspenders appeared down-to-earth.  He didn’t seem to mind that I wanted to paint him and even sat a spell so I could capture him.  Lots of acquaintances and strangers meandered by and again were curious and surprised to find me and another nearby artist painting amongst the vendors.  Of course, there were comments and even suggestions but mostly encouraging words.  I nearly panicked when I noticed how the time had flown.  This time, I was better prepared.  The painting fit into my pre-made frame.   I was happy that I could donate my painting and it sold at the auction later that day.  It was amazing to see the beautiful paintings created from the all the artists, each with their individual styles.   We had been successful in helping The Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust with this unique fundraiser.


Don’t miss the upcoming Old Forge Plein Air Paint Out that will be held this October for the benefit of the Old Forge Arts Center.  Come out and cheer on us artists at various locations around Old Forge and attend the auction on October 11th to bid on your favorite paintings!

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