Plein Air Artists featured at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee, WI – Schlitz Audubon Nature Center (SANC) is pleased to feature Plein Air artists Pamela Ruschman and Lynn Rix at an Art Exhibit held Thursday, September 15 from 5:30pm – 9:00pm at SANC. The exhibit will feature over 80 paintings completed by the two artists “en plein air” on the grounds of Schlitz Audubon Nature Center over the course of the year.
“En plein air” in French literally means “in the open air,” where artists venture out of their studios to investigate and capture the effects of light on various subjects. The paintings featured at the Art Exhibit were completed entirely in plein air and with no photo references.
“We find that working directly from life brings honesty and rawness to our work,” Ruschman said. “You are able to see colors that are impossible to see working from photographs.”
The two painters were introduced to the property when Ruschman’s four-year-old son began his first day of preschool at the Center. Intrigued by the beauty of the Autumn season, the artists began an intensive study of the property and found that all seasons could be captured in art.
“We love the entire visual and sensory experience of painting plein air,” Ruschman said. “From the solitary silence to the howling winds, and even the crackling under our feet during the changing of the seasons.”
Audubon Preschool Teacher Liesl Schultz will also be showcasing a photography exhibit, Little Hands, Big Discoveries. The exhibit includes a collection of over 20 portraits that capture nature-based exploration by SANC preschoolers throughout the year.
Ruschman and Rix have generously committed to donating 40% of each sale to support environmental education efforts at SANC. The exhibit will also remain on display at SANC on Friday, September 16 from 9:00am – 11:30am.
Pre-registration for this event is strongly encouraged. Call 414-352-2880 ext. 0 to RSVP.
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
1111 E. Brown Deer Road Milwaukee, WI 53217
Also see this article in Outdoor Painter the online version of Plein Air Magazine:http://www.outdoorpainter.com/exhibits/two-artists-show-nature-center-work.html