Plein air painting is described by co-founder of the station, Michael Hidalgo, as landscapes that are painted primarily on location which, he said, allows artists to capture color and light and reproduce the particular atmosphere of a place in a moment of time.
“In recent years, there has been a resurgence of artists painting in the plein air style in oil, pastel, acrylic and watercolor,” Hidalgo said. “Working on location presents the artists with many challenges they wouldn’t have in a studio setting, but the results are worth the extra effort because plein air paintings have a quality of authenticity that can’t be achieved any other way.”
On exhibit at the station is “Location, Location, Location,” a collection of plein air pieces from artists throughout the Southeast.
The exhibit will run through Sept. 28 and it is open to the public free of charge.
On Sept. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the station, along with the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, will host its first Stone Mountain Plein Air Paint-Out where artists will work onsite and compete for cash awards, with a reception to follow at 5 p.m.
Erin Bailey, gallery director and event coordinator, said although she wanted to coordinate a plein air event for years, the opportune time was only recently presented.
“ART Station has a strong relationship with the Stone Mountain Memorial Association and we were trying to find an event that would combine our two programs, art and nature,” she said. “A paint-out seemed perfect and the exhibit came about because there was an opening in the calendar for the Trolley Stop Gallery during the same time as the paint-out.”
Bailey said residents who stop by to see the exhibit at the gallery will view 10 different plein air artists whose work use varying media and scenery. At the Sept. 13 reception, attendees will be able to view paintings created that day and speak with the artists.
“It is really wonderful that these 10 artists agreed to show their work here in DeKalb County, where everyone can enjoy their paintings, for free,” Bailey said. “Likewise, some of the exhibited artists will be participating in the paint-out, along with other, very accomplished plein air painters. It is a rare opportunity to meet and talk to so many really good artists, at one time, in one place.”
For more information and to register to participate in the paint out, visit www.artstation.org.