The Art Center is showcasing the works of the Modoc Plein Air Painters during
the months of June and July; the opening reception will be held June 6, 2015,
from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Plein Air Painting – done outside, on the spot, the artist tries to capture
the moment, all of it...the shifting light, the wind turning the leaves, the bugs, the
weather, the mood...all in one session. The paintings are typically fresh, spontaneous,
gutsy and exciting. There is no time to fuss and be painstakingly detailed for fear of
losing the moment. Working outside in all kinds of conditions may cause the artist to
finish the painting in the studio. Any fixes risks the vibrancy and spontaneity of the piece
– it is a balance the artist must attempt to traverse between the outside and studio
settings if unable to finish the piece onsite. There are historic examples of plein air
paintings, most notably, the Impressionist movement exemplified by artists like
Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, and others, and moving across the Atlantic to America.
The early 20th Century saw groups of Artists and students moving to the wilds to paint.
The Society of Six, focusing mainly on the West Coast, and The Canadian Seven, painting
in the Canadian Hinterlands. Plein Air painting was popular on the Eastern Seaboard,
especially in Maine. As a tradition, outdoor painting has surged and lulled over the
years, recently enjoying a huge explosion in popularity, for artists and public alike.
We, in sparsely populated Modoc County, have an abundance of wild land and western
themes that loan themselves well to this type of work.
The Modoc Plein Air group has a Facebook page and makes an effort to meet monthly to paint at
various locations. Current members are Moira Donohoe, Marie Neer, Cherrie Crites, Carol Robbins, Phyllis Roberts, Patt Swanson, Jacque Dockery, Barbie Read, Debbie Pedersen,
Sandra Higa, Carol Stocker, Jeff Troupe, Marti Butow, Dick Read, Louisa Wistos,
Susi Younger, Jessica Younger, and Patti Waldhaus.
Come join us for our reception, peruse the paintings, get inspired, and maybe get the bug.
The Art Center is located at 317 S. Main Street – across from the Niles Hotel, and is
open from 10am – 4pm, Mon– Sat.