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Fall Plein Air at The Meadows

October 14, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

En plein air is French for “in the open air.” When participating in plein air painting, artists are more fully engaged with the landscape through perspective, composition, and color. The American land conservation movement in the 19th century was inspired by landscape painting here in Western Massachusetts by artists such as Thomas Cole. Plein air painting can be done in any medium, including watercolor, oil paint, acrylic, and pastels.

Kestrel Land Trust and the Amherst Plein Air Society invite you to join us for the Fall Plein Air Landscape Painting event—the fourth in our seasonal series this year. Painters will gather at The Meadows in Northampton to capture on canvas picturesque views, including the nearby Mount Holyoke and Mount Tom Ranges. These 3,000 acres of fertile floodplain along the Connecticut River have been farmed for thousands of years, beginning with indigenous peoples like the Nonotuck.

Whether you paint plein air regularly, want to try painting outdoors for the first time, or you’re simply an art appreciator watching artists as they create, join us on Saturday, October 14, from 10 AM to 2 PM. The event is open to artists of all levels, as well as spectators. (Rain date: Sunday, October 15th).

  • At 10 AM, artists arrive at The Meadows to paint for a few hours. Artists should bring their own supplies, including an easel, canvas or paper, and painting or drawing supplies. A member of the Amherst Plein Air Society will be available to welcome artists and advise about set up.
  • Beginning at noon, the public is invited to wander the area and watch participating artists at work.
  • At 1 PM, the artists will gather informally to show and critique the paintings created that day.

Registration required. Sliding-scale donation.

To participate as a PAINTER: Register here.

To attend as a VIEWER: Register here.

View of the Summit House on the Mt. Holyoke Range from The Meadows in Northampton.


October 14, 2023
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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