Clarksville, TN – This Friday and Saturday, October 16th and 17th, artists from around Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky will arrive in Clarksville to paint the city in the 2Rivers Plein Air Paint-out.
Clarksvillians are invited to a reception and exhibition of work produced through the weekend at the L & N Train Station, on Saturday October 17th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. They may also purchase fresh, original work featuring scenes of their favorite Clarksville landscapes, painted en plein air.A French expression which means “in the open air,” en plein air painting became popular among 19th century impressionist painters intrigued by the changing patterns of sunlight on a landscape.
Today’s plein air artists work in their surroundings, painting what the naked eye sees, without the focusing aid of photographs.
The three works judged best by juror Dr. James Diehr will receive cash prizes. The awards ceremony will take place at 7:30pm with a first place award of $500.00, courtesy of Hand Family Companies; second place of $250.00, courtesy of Planters Bank; and third place of $100.00, courtesy of Drs. David and Ellen Kanervo.
Artists will also have a chance to compete in a one-hour quick-draw contest on Saturday afternoon. The winner of this contest will receive a $50.00 prize from The Framemaker.
Respected educator and professional artist James Diehr, Austin Peay State University professor emeritus of art, has served as chair of the APSU art department, dean of the College of Arts and Letters, and interim director of APSU’s Fort Campbell Center.
Dr. Diehr represented United States artists as a Fulbright scholar in the United Kingdom and spent a semester as a guest lecturer in the Republic of China.
The 2Rivers Plein Air Paint Off is sponsored by the 2Rivers Painters, Clarksville/Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council, and Downtown Artists Cooperative.
For more information, please contact Dr. Ellen Kanervo, executive director, Clarksville/Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council, 931.551.8870.