Paint-Out at the Wabash

LAFAYETTE-WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — On Saturday, October 11th, artists from all over Indiana and the general public are invited to draw and paint the beautiful fall landscape along the Wabash River. Spectators are also invited to wander through the area to see how paintings are created, and listen to acoustic music by local musicians. The event will be centered at the Train Depot in Riehle Plaza, but artists will be working along the Wabash in Tapawingo Park, on the Pedestrian Bridge, and in Riehle Plaza or nearby the trains. This is a free event and open to the public.

Beginning with the famous Indiana Impressionist painters of the turn of the century, people from far and wide have loved to interpret the Indiana landscape by sketching and painting outside in oil, watercolor, pastel, and graphite. During the past twenty years or so, plein air painting events, called “Paint-Outs”, have become a favorite of artists, collectors, and spectators. They give artists an opportunity to meet other artists and collectors while they enjoy the great out-of-doors. They also give everyone, including the public, an opportunity to watch the artists at work as they bring the landscape to life on canvas and paper.

Local artists paint scenery from the banks of the Wabash River.

Local artists paint scenery from the banks of the Wabash River.

OTHER EVENTS DURING THE DAY:

PLEIN AIRE PAINTING SALE in the Train Depot from 9am to 5pm
The Art Museum will host a sale of framed paintings by the artists who are participating in the Paint-Out. Artists will bring their paintings to the depot between 8-9am. People who purchase a painting will support both the artists and the art museum. This year’s event will also have Purchase Award Sponsors for the first time, and their pledge will be publicly recognized at the sale. Anyone interested in sponsoring a Purchase Award should contact the Art Museum or Kathryn Clark, chair of the event.

WORKSHOPS IN WATERCOLOR, PASTEL, SKETCHING, and ONE FOR CHILDREN
At last year’s event, many people expressed an interest in painting and drawing from nature but didn’t know how to get started. This year they can take a workshop to learn how. The Art Museum will offer workshops at the paint-out for the public. Prize winning artists Jeannie McLeish from Mooresville (watercolor), Carol Strock-Wasson from Union City (pastel), James Werner(sketching), and Cindy Krulitz (children) from Lafayette will teach these workshops along the Wabash. There will be a fee, and the number of participants is limited. For more information call the Art Museum at 742-1128.

FREE OIL PAINTING DEMONSTRATION AT RIEHLE PLAZA
For curious spectators, Lafayette’s well known painter, Jeff Klinker, will explain how he creates an oil painting as he paints the Train Depot during the event.

PLEIN AIR PAINTING RAFFLE
The Art Museum will raffle a painting of the Wabash River by Jeannie McLeish which she painted at last year’s Paint-Out. Tickets will be sold at the Art Museum and other local businesses. For more information on this, call the art museum or Kathryn Clark, chair (563-3210).

4PM GATHERING OF “WET” PAINTINGS
At 4pm, the artists will gather at Riehle Plaza to exhibit the paintings, pastels, and drawings they created that day. The public can meet the artists, enjoy the paintings, and purchase one directly from the artist if they wish.

RECEPTION FOR THE ARTISTS AT THE TRAIN DEPOT 5-7pm
After the “4pm Gathering” at Riehle Plaza, artists and those who purchased paintings will have a chance to meet at the train Depot Reception.

For more information including digital photos of last year’s paint-out, call Kathryn Clark, volunteer chair at 563-3210 or e-mail her at kclark@twinrocker.com, or call the art Museum 742-1128 (Glenda McClatchy at ext. 102).

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