Art of Rivers
artists for annual Great River Paint Out
events planned for art lovers
(September 2009) While Hanover College has
long been known for inspiring the minds of young students, recently
the school has also built a reputation for inspiring artists of all
ages. This year will mark the third Great River Paint Out to take place
on the picturesque campus. Held every other year, the paint out draws
artists who enjoy getting out and creating art in the open air. Event
coordinator and Hanover College teacher Rick Bennett explains, The
basic idea is that people come and paint outdoors in nature rather than
in a studio.
third annual Great River
Paint Out is planned for
Sept. 19-20 at Hanover College.
Indianapolis graphic designer Mary Ann Davis is an artist
who returns time and again to the Great River Paint Out. Davis, 54,
is active on the paint out circuit, having already participated in nine
such events this year and just recently returned from a 10-day paint
out in Wisconsin.
Working in pastel and oil, she enjoys creating outside noting that,
The colors are so much better, a photo flattens things.
Its nice to connect with your subject.
This years Great River Paint Out will take place the weekend of
Sept. 19-20 at Hanover College. Artists planning to take part are encouraged
to register online in advance, but they may also sign up during the
event. This year, the paint out will close with a special Meet
the Artists Sale and Exhibition on the Sept. 20 from 3 p.m. to
5 p.m. In addition to giving the public a chance to speak with their
favorite artists and purchase art created during the weekend, the complimentary
event will include entertainment by the Madison Sax Quartet and hors
For those wishing to get an early start on a weekend of art, on Thursday,
Sept. 17, Hanover College will host a talk and demonstration by award-wining
artist and childrens book illustrator David Slonim at 7 p.m. in
room 102 of Classic Hall. The Great River Paint Out is hosted and sponsored
by the Rivers Institute at Hanover College and serves as a way to further
the educational goals of the Institute.
Our mission is to teach people about the natural and cultural
history of rivers, says the Director of External Relations for
the Rivers Institute Marissa Austin.
While the Hanover Campus offers a variety of subjects to artists from
natural landscapes to historic architecture, one of the most popular
views during past paint outs has proven to be The Point. The Point is
a favorite lookout spot on the campus that gives observers a spectacular
view of three bends in the Ohio River. Bennett explains that The
Point is a popular place to paint going back to the 19th century and
we keep that tradition going. Artists wishing to capture a truly
special view should plan on arriving early as Austin points out that
Historically weve had quite a few around to paint the sunrise.
Paint Out veteran Davis has her own advice for those considering attending
their first event. For artists, she points out that these events can
be a wonderful way to improve their skills and discover new techniques
from accomplished painters.You just set up next to someone you
admire. Thats how you learn, recommends Davis. She also
encourages those who are simply art admirers to come out and see the
canvases come to life, saying, Artists do not care if you watch.
However, she does point out the need for observers to be sensitive to
the work being done. Certain parts of the painting take full concentration,
she explains. If viewers want to speak to the artists, it is typically
best to start off by observing the painters for a few minutes and let
them be the instigator of the conversation, she suggests.
Many of the artists are willing to talk with visitors when not working
on a complicated part of the painting or hurrying to capture a light
effect before it fades. Paint outs are a good way for artists and art
lovers to gain a deeper understanding of the craft and Davis happily
reports that, Most people in this group are very welcoming.
To register for the Paint Out, visit http://rivers.hanover.edu.
For more information on the art of Mary Davis, visit www.madavisart.com.
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