Southwest Gallery, April 11-May 22
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The 83 artists whose 202 paintings are part of the 2015 Plein Air Southwest Salon have one passion in common: painting outdoors. The Outdoor Painters Society, a 370-member organization based in Texas, sponsors this annual competition and sale for its members as a way of celebrating the art of plein-air painting. Southwest Gallery in Dallas hosts the show, which opens with an artists’ reception and an awards ceremony from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, and remains on display through May 22. Participating artists include Ed Acuna, Nancy Boren, Jake Gaedtke, Peggy Immel, Ned Mueller, John Pototschnik, Randy Saffle, Carol Swinney, and Cecy Turner. A Quick Draw takes place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on April 11, and works completed are available for purchase during the reception that evening.
“The Salon features plein-air paintings by many of the best painters working today,” explains Outdoor Painters Society president Tina Bohlman. “Regarding the subject matter of the paintings, anything goes. We always get a wide variety of work, from florals and figure studies to urban and nocturnal scenes to the general American landscape.”
Last year’s Best of Show winner, John P. Lasater of Arkansas, submitted four paintings for consideration in this year’s show and was pleased that all were accepted. Among his works are two paintings depicting Midwestern barns, one in Missouri and the other in Wisconsin. “I look for patterns in the barns,” he says. “I love old, weathered barns with the boards coming off.” Dimly lit buildings on a street in Tulsa, OK, are portrayed in LIGHTS OF BRADY STREET. In this atmospheric work, Lasater explores his fascination with painting at night, when the bustling cityscape becomes tranquil.
Rural life is what excites Arkansas-based painter Jason Sacran, who won an honorable mention at last year’s show. In LAST CUT, one of four paintings accepted into this year’s show, Sacran depicts a bucolic Missouri farm scene with agricultural equipment in the foreground and hay bales and chickens visible beyond. “I grew up in rural Tennessee, and what I’ve discovered through the years is that the more I paint, the more I am attracted to painting the kind of rural countryside I knew in my childhood,” Sacran says. “My grandfather had a farm, and many of my neighbors had farms. I grew up playing in hay and being around cows and chickens.”
Three guest artists have been invited to display their plein-air paintings alongside the works by Outdoor Painters Society members: Lori Putnam, an award-winning artist from Tennessee; Marc Hanson, a signature member of Oil Painters of America; and Phil Starke, who won the Greg McHuron Memorial Award at the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters’ annual show in 2014. Starke also serves as Plein Air Southwest Salon’s judge this year.
“Even though we have very accomplished painters in our group, we welcome all skill levels,” explains Bohlman, whose organization also sponsors nine to 10 paint-outs each year for its members. “We’re interested in encouraging and promoting outdoor painting.” —Emily Van Cleve
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