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Winter Plein Air Paint Out at the Kestrel House

February 12, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Land and art have been intertwined for hundreds of years. In fact, the historic tradition of landscape painting in Western Massachusetts by artists like Thomas Cole contributed to the American land conservation movement in the 19th century.

This year, Kestrel is excited to partner with the Amherst Plein Air Society to offer a 4-part Plein Air Landscape Painting series, one for each season. The sessions will be held at Kestrel’s new Home on the Range in Amherst. Painters will be invited to convene outside to capture on canvas the various picturesque views of the pond, the Mount Holyoke Range, and the surrounding landscape as it changes through the seasons.

Whether you paint plein air regularly, want to try painting outdoors for the first time, or you’re simply an art appreciator who would enjoy watching artists as they create, come join members of the Amherst Plein Air Society for this first Paint Out on Saturday, February 12th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. The event is open to artists of all levels, as well as spectators.

  • At 1:00, artists arrive at the Kestrel House to paint for two to three 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. Please dress warmly and bring a hot beverage!
  • Beginning at 2:00 pm, the public is invited to wander the area and watch participating artists at work.
  • At 3:00 pm, the artists will gather informally to show the paintings created that day.

Want to participate as a painterRegister here! (Space is limited.)

Want to watch participating artistsRegister here! (Note: Parking is limited, so registration is requested for spectators.)

Mark your calendar for the other seasonal events in this series:

  • Spring: May 21st
  • Summer: July 16th
  • Fall: October 1st

Attendance at all four events is not required. Come to one, two, three, or all four!

Registration is per event and will be available as each upcoming program is announced.


February 12, 2022
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Kestrel Land Trust


Kestrel Land Trust House
37 Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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