Inspired by Nature - Plein Air Paint Out with 2016 Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour

April 06, 2016

Inspired by Nature - Plein Air Paint Out with 2016 Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour

This spring will bring more than just gorgeous flowers to Wilmington’s Annual Azalea Festival.  This celebration of seasonal blossoms and gardens and grand southern weather will also include the ever-popular Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour on April 8, 9, and 10th.  The tour will feature twelve lovely locations including private as well as public spaces.  A fresh addition to this year’s tour  will be the participation of eleven artists from Spectrum Gallery who will be painting in the various locations over the three day tour. 

 

Painting “en plein air” is an old tradition made popular in France in the mid-1860s by French impressionists such as Renoir and Monet.  "Plein air" simply means painting outdoors on location.  Most of the participating artists from Spectrum Gallery paint in an impressionistic style which is a natural offshoot of painting outdoors.  Impressionism is a loose style of painting that uses freer brushstrokes to give an “impression” of the scene as shown by the fleeting effect of sun and shadow across a landscape.  

Visitors to the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour  will discover artists working in locations throughout the featured gardens.  The artists will move from place to place, following both the sunlight and their imagination.  Most of the artists will be working all three days of the tour and some may make it to several of the featured gardens during that time. 

 

Spectrum Gallery will host a showing of the resulting artworks at the gallery location at The Forum.  There will be an artists’ reception on Thursday, May 5th from 6-9pm.  All the participating artists will be in attendance and there will be refreshments and live music.  In the time between the paint out in April and the gallery show in May, many of the artists are expected to develop more detailed paintings from their original sketches.  Collectors will be able to see the evolution of certain paintings alongside the more spontaneous creations painted during the Garden Tour. 

 

Participating artists are:  Ann Hair, Brooks Pearce, Gale Smith, Joanne Geisel, Jodie Wrenn Rippy, Kimberlee Maselli, Nancy Noel May, Todd Carignan, Jeremy Sams.  Local sculptor, Michael Van Hout will also participate, although he will not be painting. 

 




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