Plein Air Paint Out

An artist paints the Horseshoe Bend of the Whitewater River.

Plein Air Paint Out weekend is Oct. 18-20 in Franklin County, reports Melody Gault, Franklin County Public Library District adult services librarian.

“This is our 14th year” with all but the first fall weekend organized by the library district. Franklin Circuit Court Judge Steven Cox, a plein air artist, asked if library officials would get involved after the first year, when artists simply showed up.

The public is invited to the Friday night program with speaker Bob Burnett, who will discuss “Changes and the Future of the Hoosier Salon” at 7 p.m. in the Brookville Library annex.

Gault says artists will be out painting all weekend throughout the county. They welcome people stopping by to talk to them, ask questions and make comments. They enjoy that.

The artists include Indiana Plein Air Painters Association members and other creatives. She reports, “We have two coming from Florida this year. We’ve had a person from California in the past, people from Michigan. Mostly, though, it’s Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky” artists.

“They love Franklin County’s scenery ... and the hospitality they get here. Everybody is so friendly to them. Some of their favorite spots are the town park and Metamora. Sometimes they go to Oldenburg. They like State Road 252 and Blue Creek ... and up on the overlook near the Brookville Dam tailwaters.”

Gault explains, “The artists enjoy coming here. They love it. It’s not a juried paint out (where paintings are judged and prizes awarded), but it’s the final paint out of the season. We don’t charge anything. When they sell artwork, we don’t ask for a percentage.”

Artists don’t have to knock on doors next weekend to ask to paint at private spots. “We have 36 sites that people have volunteered.” Persons who would like to offer their properties as paint out sites may contact Gault and email her photos of fall scenes at melody@fclibraries.org or 765-647-4031.

Sunday is the art show from 1-3 p.m. in the Brookville Library annex.

After past years’ art shows, “we’ve had a few (paintings) donated” by grateful artists to add to the FCPLD’s impressive art collection. The district has an art committee with four members: Gault, Pat Combs, Charlene George and Joann Koch. According to her, “We walk around at the art show and some years we’ll select a painting to purchase for the library.”

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