August 5-26, 2016
Tuesday Painters: A Plein Air Show
Opening reception: Friday, August 5, 5:00-9:00 PM
Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
En plein air, or plein air painting, is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning “open (in full) air”. Painting plein air is essentially about observing and painting subjects from life outdoors. This practice increased in popularity in the nineteenth century after the invention of tubes for oil paint. Plein air painters can paint in any media and usually paint landscapes. They typically attempt to capture the impression of the atmospheric effects in terms of light and color as these cannot be recorded by a camera. Some painters who paint plein air will always finish what they start outdoors.
The Tuesday Painters are a collective group of artists who regularly paint outdoors in the beautiful foothills of East Tennessee. They gather together on the Tuesday of each week to paint, sketch, critique, share, and support one another while capturing the beauty of East Tennessee on canvas or paper, bringing the outdoors inside through their paintings. This group originated from a small group of painters in Jeremy Doss’s class and then followed Kathie Odom, a classmate, outside to paint plein air. Muriel Fawcett now guides the Tuesday Painters. The group can be seen among numerous painting locations such as along the Little River in Townsend, in the middle of fields in Cades Cove, in beautiful local gardens, and even in Knoxville’s Old City.
This inaugural exhibition includes work by 26 artists: Kay Alexander, Carra Artis, Kate Aubrey, Beverly Burdette, Bill Daniel, Jeremy Doss, Patricia Fain, Muriel Fawcett, Connie Gaertner, Kim Gale, Suzanne Jack, Inna Nasonova Knox, Carol Livingston, Kate McCullough, Sue Moody, Kathie Odom, Joe Parrott, Diana Sarkar, Terri Swaggerty, Dan Thurman, Debbie Toney, Carly Urello, Mary Ann Valvoda, and Bob Weir.