Monday, August 20, 2007

A New Exhibit at the Kensington-Stobart Gallery

Several weeks ago Salem and this area was the subject of a gathering of artists, who all painted "en pleine air" which means they painted their subjects right outside in the weather, all in one day. Here is a definition from the on-line dictionary, Wikipedia:

"En plein air is a French expression which means "in the open air", and is particularly used to describe the act of painting in the outside environment rather than indoors (such as in a studio). In English alfresco has the same meaning, however in Italian the term al fresco has a rather different one, either in jail or simply cool air.

Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-1800s working in natural light became particularly important to the Barbizon school and Impressionism. The popularity of painting en plein air increased with introduction in the 1870s of paints in tubes (resembling modern toothpaste tubes). Previously, each painter made their own paints by grinding and mixing dry pigment powders with linseed oil. The Newlyn School in England is considered another major location of such painting in the latter 19th century."

I hope you will drop by the Kensington-Stobart Gallery to have a look for yourself, as the photos do not really convey what lovely paintings these are. In addition, the prices are very reasonable for original, framed artwork.

I hope to see you here, at the Hawthorne Hotel, in the Kensington-Stobart Gallery. If you happen to see the woman at the desk while you are here, her name is Sandy Heaphy and she is the manager of the gallery. Be sure to tell her you saw her on our blog.


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