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Updated: 11/21/2013 08:00:02AM

Plein Air Paint-Out fun for artists and visitors

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

Michey Chasse, left, and Brian Christensen set up along South Polk Avenue Saturday for the DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council's Plein Air Paint-out.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

Karen Guy of Sarasota paints a classic car on West Oak Street. She won second place in the first Arcadia Plein Air Paint-out.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

Despite a light rain in the morning, artists coped using raincoats, umbrellas, sitting in their cars or just waiting out the storm clouds. A total of 27 artists took part in the event, and their creations are on exhibit at the Martin Art Gallery through Jan. 4.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

Katie Cundiff of Sarasota takes refuge under an umbrella as she paints her entry, "Arcadia Alley," with which she won first place in the DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council's Arcadia Plein Air Paint-out. Coping with the elements is one of the challenges of painting out-of-doors.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

A total of 27 artists painted scenes from Arcadia for the DeSoto Arts and Humanities COuncil's first Plein Air Paint-out held Saturday. Professional artist Joseph Lamperio from Sarasota judged the entries and said he was impressed with the quaity and variety of artwork in the show.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

The first sale of the show was an image of St. Edmund's Episcopal Church, painted by Velda Musgrove and purchased by Kathryn Standard. There are still several paintings for sale at the Martin Art Gallery, 207 E. Magnolia Street, something to keep in mind for the coming holidays.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

Artists checked in to the Plein Air Paint-out Saturday morning at the Last Chapter Coffee Shop. Each received a goodie bag and maps of downtown Arcadia with suggested painting locations.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Susan Ritter from Venice paints the Arcadia Opera House during the Plein Air Paint-out sponsored by DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM STEED

Sharon Yarbrough of Port Charlotte captures the Arcadia Opera House on her canvas as she dodges raindrops under the overhang at Oak and Polk. In all, 27 artists picked out scenes in Arcadia to paint on Saturday.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

Artists checked in to the Plein Air Paint-out Saturday morning at the Last Chapter Coffee Shop. Each received a goodie bag and maps of downtown Arcadia with suggested painting locations.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM STEED

Robert McMillan of Frostproof paints a street scene that includes a window reflection of a building across West Oak Street.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM STEED

Velda Musgrove of Fort Myers paints Alley Cat Antiques on West Oak Street.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM STEED

Katie Dobson Cundiff of Sarasota captures an Arcadian alleyway on canvas under protection of an umbrella. The DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council's first Plein Air Paint-out drew several talented artists Saturday.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM STEED

Passersby stop to peek as artists render scenes of Arcadia on canvas and paper during Saturday's Plein Air Paint-out.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Peter Zell from Sanibel Island captures a colorful array of buildings on West Magnolia Street under the stormy sky.


By KAREN SMOKE

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“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

The old post office maxim applies to plein air artists as well. The DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council’s Arcadia Plein Air Paint-Out went on despite the gloomy morning. Twenty-five artists braved a steady drizzle as they scouted locations to paint and set up under the broad overhangs of storefronts and gathered on street corners and in alleyways.

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