Paint the Town Fun Fest Block Party. Plein Air or landscape painting is a red hot trend in the United States.
The term “plein air” is a french word which means “in the open air”. Artists all over the country are taking their easels outdoors to capture the light and the environment around them. There are magazines and websites dedicated to the popular painters who regularly paint outdoors and show their work to galleries and collectors. Plein air events are popping up in cities and towns both regionally and as far away as Hawaii. They are particularly popular in the mild weather months. Locally, the Northeast Tennessee Plein Air Painters paint on location in various parks and places throughout the tri-cities.
These painters are also active members of the Kingsport Art Guild. The Kingsport Art Guild will hold it’s own Plein Air Event Saturday, July 7 on the grounds of the Kingsport Farmers Market. This event is co-sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and participates in the annual Kingsport Carousel Birthday Block Party. This event will feature visiting artist Dawn Whitelaw.
Dawn Whitelaw painting demonstration
Dawn Whitelaw is a nationally recognized Plein Air (Landscape) Painter from Nashville, TN. She is has won numerous awards and has appeared in many artists’ magazines including Outdoor Painter, Plein Air Magazine and Nashville Arts magazine. She will be presenting a live painting demonstration on the grounds of the Kingsport Carousel and Farmers Market on July 7 beginning at 9 a.m. Painting alongside her will be 11 plein air artists from the Kingsport Art Guild. Each participating artist will be painting on location and will have their own work available for sale. Participating artists include: Carol Dixon, Renee Pitts, Donna Bird, Janet Hartmann, Joanne McDonough, Don Gotterbarn, John Youssi, Steven Reeves, Allison Parker, Judy Fitzgerald, Linda Loffmin and Kathy Hawk.
Sponsors of the Fun Fest Block Party presented by the Kingsport Art Guild and the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts. The public is welcome to come see these gifted artists in action. Join us at the Farmers Market for music, food, art and fun! fun! fun! at the Paint the Town Funfest Block Party July 7 beginning at 9 a.m. For more information visit www.kingsportartguild.com.