On view • OCTOBER 5 – NOVEMBER 17
METHOW CONTEMPORARYCurator Statement:
The tradition of plein aire painting goes back centuries, and really you can consider cave art to be plein aire. Painting what you saw in the landscape and not an idealized concept of what you saw is newer, starting in about 1500, it was really popular in the 1800s. The most famous of these outdoor painters are the impressionists Cezanne, Monet, Cassatt, Renoir and Van Gogh. Of all the artistic practices, plein aire comes with a unique set of hazards. All of the challenges of painting outside gives the work a fresh presence, the bugs in the paint and the wind blowing dust on things. The easel blowing over and the water freezing (some intrepid painters put vodka in the water to keep it from freezing). This adds life to the work. Some of the artists invited to show have been plein aire painters for a long time, going out alone or in groups. Others are just trying it. Many do sketches outside to finish later in the studio, these can be any media. All will be fresh and exciting to look at.
KTRT • Blue Star Coffee Roasters • KTRT Radio Root • National Endowment for the Arts • Okanogan County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
John Adams, Dan Brown, Michael Caldwell, Caryl Campbell, Paula Christen, Jan Cook Mack, Rich Davis, Susan Donahue, Anna Dooley, Laurie Fry, Jackie Iddings, Donna Keyser, Michael Kirshner, Mary Lou McCollum, Jennifer Molesworth, Anne Peck, Mary Powell, Ginger Reddington, Rod Weagant, Kim Weaton, Kayla White, Cheryl Wrangle, Patty Yates
METHOW AWAKENING • MARGARET KINGSTON
The dramatic landscape of the Methow Valley and North Cascade mountain range are the source of my painting inspiration. I find it effortless to choose images to paint from my surroundings and see endless possibilities. This show offers you a taste of some of the spectacular views, moments, colors, shapes, and energetic light that I love about everyday life here. The countless hours I’ve spent consumed by this landscape have awakened my desire to create.