Watercolorist Tom Ryan works alongside a street in Chestertown during last year's local Plein Air Paint Out event.
Several of the area's most talented outdoor painters will be setting up their paint boxes and easels this weekend alongside various Chester streets and waterways, as a “Plein Air Paint-Out” sponsored by the North Country Arts Center is held.
Known for its vistas of serene waterways and historic buildings, Chester attracted a number of artists in last year’s debut event. The public is invited to view the art and meet the artists as they work painting streetscapes and landscapes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9, 10 and 11. The artists will be working in a variety of media, from oils to watercolor and pastels.
Additional artists are welcome to join the paint-out, by checking in at the Art in Chester Gallery any time during the event. There’s no fee to participate.
On Sunday, Sept. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m., an exhibit of works created during the event will be on display for a reception at the gallery, located at 6378 state Route 9 in downtown Chestertown.
The artists’ work may also be hung in the gallery for the duration of the current Art Harvest Exhibit, which culminates with a closing reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8.
The event is part of the 9th annual Worldwide Paint Out hosted by International Plein Air Painters, according to event organizer Fred Holman.
“There is a joy about painting outdoors,” he said. “Plein air artists seek the quality of natural light and atmosphere outdoors. This is a chance to see artists at work, developing their paintings in response to the beauty in nature.”
For details, Fred Holman at 803-4034.