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Plein Air Paint Out at the Conte National Wildlife Refuge

June 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Artist working at Summit

What better way to absorb the light, colors, and feelings of late spring than by making — or viewing — art outdoors? Whether you paint outdoors regularly, wish to try something new with your art, or just want to watch art being made, join us for a celebration of the Pioneer Valley landscape through plein air painting. The Paint Out will take place on June 2 and is open to everyone: artists of all levels and non-artists who want to come appreciate the work that artists create.

The Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge, Fort River Division in Hadley offers a unique variety of visible landscapes — from the Seven Sisters of the Mount Holyoke Range, to the more secluded floodplain forest along the Fort River — providing artists and viewers alike with different perspectives on the Valley we call home. The fully accessible Fort River Birding and Nature Trail at the Refuge provides artists (and viewers) with an even greater variety of visual backgrounds.

Painter under umbrella
Artist at 2017 Paint Out on the Mount Holyoke Range. (Photo by Robert Jonas)

At 9 am, artists are invited to attend a brief sharing of plein air techniques by local award-winning plein air painter Christine Labich. Artists may then bring their materials to a site of their choosing at the Refuge to paint for three hours. (Artists should bring their own supplies, including an easel, canvas or paper, and painting or drawing supplies.)

Beginning at 10:30 am, the public is invited to a short presentation about the history of art in the Valley, and then wander the area to watch participating artists at work. At 12:00 pm, artists will regroup to present the works created during the morning.

This program is free but registration is required for artists and greatly appreciated for viewers.

The rain date for this event is Sunday, June 9.




June 2, 2019
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Silvio O Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
69 Moody Bridge Road
Hadley, MA 01035 United States
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