Plein Air Show June 2022

Plein Air Art Show June 2022

Last month, as part of its annual two-week Celebration of the Arts, the Lewisburg Arts Council hosted five free-to-the-public, arts-making events. Artwork created from these activities is now on display through June 29 at the Public Library for Union County’s “Gallery 255.”

To create these pieces, artists used a wide array of media – from acrylics to colored pencils, from pastels to pen and ink, and from photographs to oils and watercolors. Even ceramics, sheets of vintage music, and Sharpies are represented here.

In addition to polished pieces, the show also includes a number of informal sketches. These offer the artist the chance to play with tools and techniques without the constraint of having to “produce.” Thus, viewers get a glimpse of the artists’ “journey” as well as their “destination.”

For even more insights, stop by the library on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., when representatives from the Artists’ Guild of Lewisburg and the Lewisburg Photography Club will be on hand to answer questions about the show and their work.

Many of the pieces on display are available for purchase. Information is available in the lobby for those wishing to purchase items.

Located inside the library’s main entrance, the gallery is open to the public during the library’s normal operating hours.

Event #1: Plein Air Workshop – Dale-Engle-Walker House and Property
Lewisburg Artists’ Guild member Susan Nicholas Gephart presented a morning workshop for more than 20 artists of all ages and levels.

Event #2: Nature Photography Hikes – Dale’s Ridge Trail and Dale-Engle-Walker Property
Members of the Lewisburg Photography Club offered a series of hour-long hikes combining two favorite activities: walking in nature and capturing its magic in photographs.

Event #3: Urban Sketching Workshop – The Piers
Lewisburg Artists’ Guild member Jane Albin shared her insights and expertise with 10 eager students. She talked about tools and techniques while demonstrating how to get started with Urban Sketching.

Event #4: Photo Tours of Lewisburg Architecture, – downtown Lewisburg
Led by members of the Lewisburg Photography Club, the hour-long tours emphasized noteworthy architectural elements of downtown Lewisburg buildings.

Event #5: Urban Sketching Day, – downtown Lewisburg
Sketchers were invited to choose a spot downtown to draw or paint in sketchbooks or on canvas. In the display case are Marjorie Priceman’s sketches of two different corners along Market Street.

The Lewisburg Arts Council is grateful to Bucknell University for its continued sponsorship of the Celebration of the Arts Workshops.

Thanks to co-hosts, the Merrill Linn Conservancy and the Union County Historical Society for their support of the Plein Air Day activities at the Dale-Engle-Walker property and Dale’s Ridge Trail.

Special thanks to the members of the Lewisburg Photo Club who led the Nature Photo Hikes on May 1 and the Photo Tours of Lewisburg Architecture on May 14.

Kudos to the Plein Air Planning Committee – Julianna Cooper, Diane Donato, Dan Hyde, Joyce Lokitus, and Barbara Baker – for their work to organize these engaging events, and to volunteers Pat Bontinen, Sandy Davis, Karen Jenkins, and Barbara Baker, as well as the library staff, for making this show possible.