“En Plein Air” or Plein air painting is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning “open air.” It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Last month, Lakeside Assisted Living hosted a group of “Plein Air” artists to display their beautiful work to our residents and to the public. Their work includes various outdoor locations around Cleveland and all are for sale.
Artists include Kay Bees, Geri Gibson, Karen Kirby, Mary Pat Oliver and Patricia Hanahan Sigmier.
“We are a group of five artists who paint outside (but not exclusively) and are inspired by locations near and surrounding Cleveland,” says Sigmier.
Locations included in the exhibit include Lake Erie, downtown Cleveland, the Flats, Lakewood Yacht Club, Sweetwater Marina, the Botanical Gardens, Lakeview Cemetery, Rockefeller Greenhouse, Case Western Reserve Squire Valleevue Farm, Clague Park, Bradstreet Landing and Lakeside Marblehead.
Like the French Impressionists, the local artists are inspired by the ever-changing light and atmospheric conditions and strive to express those nuances in their artwork. “As you view our work, we hope you will experience our unique impressions of Cleveland,” says Sigmier.
All are welcome to view the exhibit at the Lakeside Assisted Living at The Normandy Senior Living in Rocky River. The exhibit runs through August 31.