Plein Air painters capture the outdoors

WESTPORT - Artistic talent will be on display in a special way at Westport's second annual Plein Air Event and Studio Tour Day on Saturday, July 5.

Sponsored by the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks, the day features dozens of artists, both local and otherwise, painting "en plein air," or in the open air.

With the help of a map from the Heritage House in Westport, visitors will be able to locate the artists as they compose outdoors from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Yellow balloons and signs by the roadside will denote opportunities to watch artists at work on a variety of media.

"It's great for Westport because a lot of people will come here just to see art," said Caroline Thompson-Rubino, director for ACNA.

From 1-4 p.m., artists with working studios will hold open studio tours, giving the public yet another chance to see them in the process of creating images.

Artists of all ability levels are encouraged to join the activity, taking their art supplies outdoors to draw, paint, or photograph one of their favorite scenes.

They may then enter their work into the Plein Air Plus Art Show and Silent Auction. The exhibit, which will feature other work inspired by the Champlain Valley, opens

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with a reception on July 30 and concludes at 3 p.m. on Aug. 8 at the Westport Heritage Festival.

Half of the proceeds from the sale of artwork will be retained by the artists, while 30 percent will benefit the Westport Heritage House. The remainder will be used to underwrite expenses.

As an added feature to this year's event, Kevin Raines, Professor of Art at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore, Md. and resident of Wadhams, will lead up to 15 participants in a Plein Air Watercolor Workshop in Ballard Park from 9-11:30 a.m.

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