Painting by Brenda J. Clark
Artists were to register online and then on the day of the event, they were to bring their canvas to the Old Art Building between 9-10 am to be stamped (on the back) by the Plein Air committee to complete the registration process. Then the artists were free to chose a spot somewhere in and around Leland to paint or draw. The art was to be completed by 4 pm and submitted with a frame to the committee. At 6:30 that night, the artists and public were invited to a reception at the Old Art Building. The paintings and drawings were on display for the guests to admire and purchase. A portion of each sale went to support the Leelanau Community Cultural Center.
What a success! I was jealous of the talent and amazed at the landscapes that these artists were able to create in just one day. I was fascinated by the entire process.
While Dan and I were out and about that day, I noticed several painters next to streams or on bluffs throughout the bright and chilly day, painting from their chosen perspective. We noticed so many, that I felt that I was pointing out rare birds. "Look! There's another one!"
When we walked down toward Fishtown, I ran into Brenda J Clark. I had stopped to admire her work - her painting of Fishtown is shown on the easel above - and as we chatted, I realized that I had met her before. She taught my best friend, Kim in an art class at Michigan State University and they have remained friends. A few years ago, Kim had taken me into Brenda's art gallery, which is now located in Suttons Bay, Michigan.
I absolutely love Brenda's bold use of color. Her work table reminds me of so many of my projects mid-stream - you can instantly tell that big things are going on.
Viva la Plein Air! Bravo, Leelanau Community Cultural Center for bringing such a wonderful event to Leland!