The North East Tennessee Plein Air Painters group will present an exhibition titled “The Four Seasons” at the Arts Depot in Abingdon, VA. The exhibit begins Wednesday, September 27 and runs through Saturday, November 18, 2017. The 13 artists representing the group are Donna Bird, Sheryl Daniels, Don Gotterbarn, Janet Hartmann, Monique Carr and Mary Nees from Johnson City, TN, Judy Fitzgerald, Leslie Davis, Brenda Bundrant of Kingsport, TN, JoAnne McDonough from Mount Carmel, TN, Carol Dixon of Gate City, VA, Renee Pitts from Piney Flats, TN and John Youssi of Jonesborough, TN. They will present more than 50 paintings depicting all four glorious seasons painted “en plein air.”
Arts Depot will host a Meet-the Artist Reception on Saturday, September 30, from 2-4pm.
They call themselves “Just Plein Nuts” and the phrase aptly describes this organization of artists that meet casually throughout the year to paint “en plein air.” The core group consists of about 20 regulars who meet weekly at various Tri-Cities locations to paint the endless supply of interesting subject matter and beautiful scenery that the region offers.
A common thread between these artists is that they “seek not only to improve their skills while painting from life, but also to increase awareness and appreciation for the natural beauty of the region” says Leslie Davis, a member of the group. They are passionate about sharing this vision through their work, and see themselves as “unique voices in the campaign to preserve and promote popular local parks and sites frequently visited as well as the lovely but overlooked places that we pass every day without a second glance”
Some of the group’s favorite locations for painting include the Tipton Haynes Historic Sight and Rocky Mount in Johnson City, the Linear Trail and Farmhouse Gallery in Erwin, Eastman Recreational area, Bays Mountain, Allandale Mansion, Cleek Farm, Farmers Market, and Exchange Place in Kingsport, Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton, Jonesborough’s Mill Creek Park, and the Scott County Golf Course in Gate City just to name a few.
The Arts Depot is located at 314 Depot Square, Abingdon, VA. in Abingdon’s historic Norfolk and Southern freight station. Admission is always free and everyone is always welcome.
September 27 through November 18 / Meet-the-Artists Reception Saturday, September 30, 2-4 pm