For the months of July and August, The Trippe Gallery in downtown Easton will be hosting an exhibition highlighting the art of “en plein air painting.”
Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel, the precursor to the plein air easels of today, allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.”
Today, plein air painting is a flourishing trend in our art world. Artists come together for “paint out” excursions, workshops devoted to the practice occur all year-round and coast to coast, and landscape painters are finding that plein air painting is as rewarding and powerful an experience as it was for the first plein air painters all those years ago.
Many plein air artists have found a year-round home for their paintings at The Trippe Gallery. Of the 44 artists represented at the gallery, 21 create most of their canvases en plein air and are current or alumni participants in the prestigious Plein Air Easton competition, now in its 17th year. In concert with the festival this year, which runs from July 11 to 18, The Trippe Gallery will be hosting an opening reception for its exhibition “Celebrating the Art of Plein Air Painting” on July 9 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Many of the attending artists will be on hand to speak with collectors as well as offer demos or will be painting on site. In addition, on Friday, July 16 there will be several artist demonstrations at the gallery by the ever-popular watercolor artist David Csont, oil painter Elise Phillips, and Maritime Fellow and oil painter Len Mizerek.
Plein Air Easton 2021 artists on exhibit at the gallery include Olena Babak, Jill Basham, Zufar Bikbov, David Csont, Stephen Griffin, Stephen Haynes, Charlie Hunter, Patrick Lee, Len Mizerek, Elise Phillips, Crista Pisano, Cynthia Rosen, Patrick Saunders, John Brandon Sills, Nancy Tankersley, Tara Will, and Mary Veiga. The gallery also represents award-winning artists in printmaking, etching, botanical art, sculpture and fine art photography. There is artwork to appeal to the seasoned as well as first time collector.
Gallery owner, Nanny Trippe, offers in home/ office curation of artwork to make your spaces special as well as professional hanging and curation of your own artwork. Join Easton’s liveliest art scene at The Trippe Gallery, located in the heart of historic Easton at 32 North Harrison Street. For schedules and more information, visit www.thetrippegallery.com or call 410-310-8727.