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‘ADVENTURES EN PLEIN AIR’ 6/10/17

An exhibit of outdoor paintings by local artists will have its opening reception on June 10 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Wulff Gallery of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) in Livingston Manor.

The free community event follows right after the annual Trout Parade, a street fair celebrating the arts and community produced by the Catskill Art Society in partnership with the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce.

“Adventures En Plein Air Event” is sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association (BAAA) and includes an art exhibit, a presentation on the environment and history of the region, and complimentary refreshments. The work of local artists is being exhibited alongside prints of such classical plein air artists as Winslow Homer, Albert Bierstadt and Oscar Claude Monet. 

“The reception will showcase local artists that painted along the Delaware River in Callicoon, and met the challenges of the waning evening light,” said event curator Ari Mir-Pontier.

Doors open at 2:00 p.m. The exhibition will remain through June 24. CFFCM is located at 1031 Old Route 17 in Livingston Manor, NY.

In the 1800s Western art was dominated by a few salons and academies, and painting was taught according to tried and true formulas.  But English painter John Constable had a radical idea: forget formulas, find the truth in nature, and trust one’s own vision. 

People have been painting outdoors since the caveman days, but painting “en plein air” has gotten so popular now, it’s being referred to as “the new golf.” 

This event is one of six “Plein Air Adventures” scheduled throughout Sullivan County. It is made possible, in part, with funds from the 2017 Arts for Sullivan Decentralization Program, administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.

For information about BAAA, visit www.barryvilleareaarts.org/AdventuresEnPleinAir.html

For more information about CFFCM, call at 845-439- 4810 or go to www.cffcm.com.

Samantha Mango