Spirit of Place Plein Air event set in Westport

The Westport Heritage House

The Westport Heritage House Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The Spirit of Place Plein Air Art Event now in its sixth year will again include the Free Finger Painting for Kids au Plein Air.

On Sunday morning, July 7, artists will gather at Ballard Park in Westport from 9 a.m. to noon in the Champlain Valley to create art “Plein Air.”

Children are welcome to come and participate creating “Outdoor Finger Paintings” from 10 a.m. to noon. Adults are encouraged to come create or watch. There will be a plein air workshop given by Sandra Hildreth of Saranac Lake for those who have pre registered through the WestportHeritageHouse.com website beginning at 9 a.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, area artists will open their studios to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location maps of the open studios may be obtained at the Heritage House, area businesses or at any artist studio. Physical locations will be marked by yellow balloons and signs. This is a perfect time to see artists at work in their studios, ask questions about their work and purchase art directly from the source.  

The focus of the event continues to be on life and scenes inspired by the Champlain Valley and Lake. Sponsored by the Westport Heritage House the Art Event and artwork created by painters, photographers, sculptors, crafts(wo)men will be shown in the Spirit of Place Exhibit, opening with a reception on Thursday, July 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Heritage House in Westport. All work will be for sale in a silent auction format ending Aug. 10, at 3 p.m. at the Heritage Festival. The proceeds benefit the Westport Heritage House.

For more information contact the Nancy at 962-4805 decker2@westelcom.com or Meredith at 962-4590.

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