Magazine article Southwest Art

Outdoor Painters Society Show

Magazine article Southwest Art

Outdoor Painters Society Show

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THE 83 ARTISTS whose 202 paintings are part of the 2015 Plein Air Southwest Salon have one passion in common: painting outdoors. The Outdoor Painters Society, a 370-member organization based in Texas, sponsors this annual competition and sale for its members as a way of celebrating the art of plein-air painting. Southwest Gallery in Dallas hosts the show, which opens with an artists' reception and an awards ceremony from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, and remains on display through May 22. Participating artists include Ed Acuna, Nancy Boren, Jake Gaedtke, Peggy Immel, Ned Mueller, John Pototschnik, Randy Saffle, Carol Swinney, and Cecy Turner. A Quick Draw takes place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on April 11, and works completed are available for purchase during the reception that evening.

"The Salon features plein-air paintings by many of the best painters working today," explains Outdoor Painters Society president Tina Bohlman. "Regarding the subject matter of the paintings, anything goes. We always get a wide variety of work, from florals and figure studies to urban and nocturnal scenes to the general American landscape."

Last year's Best of Show winner, John P. Lasater of Arkansas, submitted four paintings for consideration in this year's show and was pleased that all were accepted. Among his works are two paintings depicting Midwestern barns, one in Missouri and the other in Wisconsin. "I look for patterns in the barns," he says. "I love old, weathered barns with the boards coming off." Dimly lit buildings on a street in Tulsa, OK, are portrayed in LIGHTS OF BRADY STREET. In this atmospheric work, Lasater explores his fascination with painting at night, when the bustling cityscape becomes tranquil. …

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