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New Plein Air Series Begins with Winter Paint Out

February 18, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

plein air painters along the pond

Plein air (the French term meaning outside or in the open air) painting captures the spirit and essence of a landscape enhancing our relationship with the natural world.

Kestrel and Amherst Plein Air Society are partnering again in 2023 to offer a 4-part Plein Air Landscape Painting series, one for each season. The first session will be held at Kestrel’s Home on the Range in Amherst. The spring, summer, and fall events will be held at other conservation areas in the Valley.

Painters are invited to gather outside to capture on canvas the various picturesque views of the pond, the Mount Holyoke Range, and the surrounding landscape. Whether you paint plein air regularly, want to try painting outdoors for the first time, or simply enjoy watching artists as they create, come join members of the Amherst Plein Air Society for this first Paint Out on Saturday, February 18, from noon – 3:00 pm. The event is open to artists of all levels, as well as spectators.

  • At noon, artists arrive at the Kestrel House to paint for a couple 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 1:30 pm, the public is invited to wander the area and watch participating artists at work.
  • At 2:00 pm, artists will gather to informally exhibit and critique the paintings created that day.

To participate as a painter:  Register here!
(Space is limited.)

To watch participating artists: Register here!
(Note: Parking is limited, so registration is requested for spectators.)

Mark your calendar for the other seasonal plein air events in this series (specific locations to be determined):

Spring: Saturday May 20
Summer: Saturday July 15
Fall: Saturday October 14

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 18, 2023
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Kestrel Land Trust House
37 Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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