In a first for the Colony Days Art Show, we will be showcasing what is actually a very long-standing artists’ practice — painting out-of-doors (“en plein air”). We hope to make this an annual feature.
Many artists work only in their studios, where they are not at the mercy of the elements and onlookers, and their tools are close by and handy. Plus, working outdoors is scary — it’s so big out there! But especially for those artists who like to paint landscapes, city scenes and people going about their activities, the only place to work is outdoors — a tradition perfected by the Impressionists, who relished the challenge of dealing with natural light and color, and imposing compositional elements on natural scenes. (And who didn’t worry that they had left their favorite brush back in the studio.)
Starting around 10 AM on Saturday August 8, a dozen watercolorists under the guidance of noted local teacher and painter Jude Welter will be working in the gardens of the Old Aurora Colony Museum on 2nd and Liberty. Admission to the Museum is free that day, and we hope that many visitors will avail themselves of the opportunity to watch painters in action. The paintings will be displayed that afternoon at 3 PM at the main site of the Colony Days Art Show, the Christ Lutheran Church across 2nd Street.