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Come Paint Out this weekend
The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago (ASTT), in collaboration with The International Plein Air Painters Organisation (IPAP), presents its annual Worldwide Paint Out today and tomorrow. Some of the most talented outdoor painters will bring their paint boxes and easels to paint the hills of St Anns, The Queen’s Park Savannah and The Pointe-a-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust. This remarkable ninth annual event, Paint Trinidad & Tobago 2011 is happening with the support of International Plein Air Painters and AST&T. Artists are expected from all areas of T&T as well as any visiting artists from other countries.
Plein air artists seek the quality of natural light and atmosphere outdoors. Their artwork is in direct response to the beauty they find in nature. They use a variety of media, from oils, through watercolors and pastels. The public will be able to join in the fun by watching individual artists work and moving from painter to painter throughout the days. Maps will be available on the ASTT Web site and Facebook page showing where the artists will be painting on each day. On Sunday evening, there will be an exhibit of the weekends’ work at Dr!nk Wine Bar, corner of Rosalino and Warren Streets, Woodbrook, from 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm and then on the ASTT Web site. The public is invited to come view the art and meet the artists.
Event organiser AST&T says there is a joy about paintings outdoors and this is a chance for people to see professional artists at work, developing their paintings in response to the beauty in nature. Plein air painting developed in France in the mid 19th century and is becoming increasingly popular. Last year’s event drew artists from all over the globe. Many new plein air painting groups were formed directly from this event. IPAP, which has members who reside throughout the world, is the blanket organisation for individual plein air groups and was created for the sole purpose of advancing the execution and enjoyment of plein air painting without limitations of borders or regions.
IPAP’s members are the quiet activists in the ongoing environmental struggle. They call attention to the threatened urban scene and the vanishing farmland for history. Its members share inspiration and encouragement both on the Internet and at “paint outs.” You can join, show your support or learn more about the ASTT and see some of the many events happening posted on the Web site www.artsocietytt.org.
Worldwide Paint Out —
Paint Trinidad & Tobago Programme:
September 10: 9 am-1 pm— Queens Park Savannah, Queen’s Park West
September 11: 9 am-1 pm— Pointe a Pierre Wild Fowl Trust (Fee for admission paid to the trust)
September 11: 4.30 pm-6.30 pm —Plein Air Exhibition and wrap at Dr!nk Wine Bar, Woodbrook.
Artists wishing to participate should bring: easel, chair, blanket/spread, hat, umbrella, bug spray, paints, portable water, shades, snack, beverage and anything else they will need to work on location. For more information, contact Peter Sheppard at 685-6289 or e-mail [email protected]
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