Plein air painters exhibit at Hunting Tavern

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Andes — The Andes Society of Culture and Arts is pleased to have the East Branch Delaware River Plein Air Painters (EBDRPAP) exhibit their paintings of the Catskill Mountains environs at the Hunting Tavern this summer. The opening reception will be held at the tavern on Saturday, May 25 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Plein air painting means painting that is done outside, directly from the subject, with sunshine, shadows and sometimes even rain, before the painter. EBDRPAP artist, Nancy McShane, recently explained on the occasion of a 2012 Hunting Tavern exhibition, “I’m in awe every day of the beauty that surrounds me. The ponds, the garden, the trees, the wildflowers and wildlife give me endless inspiration.” Nancy’s paintings along with 10 other EBDRPAP artists work will be on view in this exhibition.

In 2008 a group of people who enjoy the outdoors began to gather once a week to paint together. These were friends and acquaintances, some professional painters but an equal number who just like painting company and enjoy being outside. These painters evolved into the East Branch Delaware River Plein Air Painters, a chapter of the NY Plein Air Painters. Each spring the group eagerly anticipates the approaching good weather so they can meet once a week at “paint outs.” The painters paint, bring bag lunches, share their work and enjoy good conversation. There is no attendance obligation, requirements or fees to join. Anyone interested in participating in these gatherings may contact Alix Travis, 607 326-7073. The coming exhibit at the Hunting Tavern in Andes will include paintings from these paint outs.

Local painters
From May 25 through October 12, 11 area painters: Robert Axelrod, Agnes Freas, Oneida Hammond, Margaret Leveson, Patrice Lorenz, Nancy McShane, Helene Manzo, Sumiko Patrone, Jane Tompkins, Alix Hallman Travis, Linda Webb Varian, and Ellen Wong will hang their works of local subjects. The works are as varied as the membership; each represents the response of an individual painter to the same site of the glorious Catskills. Various mediums are represented, oil on canvas, ink on paper, watercolor, and acrylic.

Some subjects are represented in great detail, some are “impressionistic“, highly colored and influenced by the light, another maybe abstract, and some stylistic renderings of flowers. It is fun to try to identify the locations without first peeking at the titles.

Starting Memorial Day weekend The Hunting Tavern is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition, the exhibition will be one of the stops on the Andes, Margaretville, Roxbury Open Studios, 2013 tour, and the tavern will have expanded hours on tour Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.