Plein Aire Painters Association on display in new Frehner Gallery exhibit

“Door County Icon” (oil), by Jason Prigge, Manitowoc Rapids, Wis.
“Door County Icon” (oil), by Jason Prigge, Manitowoc Rapids, Wis.

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MONROE, Wis. — Monroe Art Center (MAC) Frehner Gallery hosts the new gallery exhibit “Point of Color: the Wisconsin Plein Aire Painters Association (WIPAPA) Juried Show,” on display from June 27 through Aug. 22. This exhibit showcases the oil and acrylic plein aire paintings by 24 Wisconsin artists.

The Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association was established as a statewide fellowship of artists dedicated to promoting and practicing the traditional discipline of plein aire painting (painting outdoors, from life). Members of this organization include competent art teachers, accomplished professionals, and motivated beginners, each of them seeking to honestly interpret the natural and man-made beauty and diversity of Wisconsin’s landscapes and culture.

The WIPAPA enhance members’ skills and reputations by providing regular opportunities to paint outdoors together, as well as occasions to critique their work and share their art expertise with fellow artists to maintain the highest standards of the plein aire tradition of painting.

WIPAPA group coordinator Wendie Thompson explains: “Painting plein aire is a ‘shortcut’ to becoming a better painter. No camera can capture the full spectrum of colors found on location.”

She continues, “Because you are racing the sun, your senses observe faster than you can think. Plein aire painters learn to ‘see.’”

The “Point of Color” Juried Show was one of the painting opportunities provided by the WIPAPA this year. Artists from various locations throughout Wisconsin entered this competition. The only criteria for entering: the art had to be painted on location-plein aire. Paintings were judged and selected for the Monroe Arts Center exhibit by members of the WIPAPA.

An opening reception is scheduled for 5-7 p.m., Friday, June 27, in MAC Frehner Gallery, 1315 11th St., Monroe, Wis. A brief gallery talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Posted June 26, 2014

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