Artists And Public Mingle At Annual Outdoor Painting Event

Jun 19, 2015

Credit National Museum of Wildlife Art

Artists will gather to paint outdoors Saturday, June 20 at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson. The annual Plein Air Festival gives artists four hours to complete a painting while mingling with spectators.

This blending of artists and spectators creates an environment very different from the typical painting studio.

“I had this one little girl come up, and she was very curious, a really cute little girl, and she touched my paint with her fingers,” recalls artist Tammy Callens.

The event also facilitates the relationship between collector and artist.

“When they can watch the process, and see the things and then they ask questions during the creative process they have the opportunity to understand it and then they develop that kinship with the piece and the artist,” explains painter Chad Poppleton.

Poppleton and Callens will join about 50 other artists to paint from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. along the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s sculpture trail. The art will be available for purchase at the end of the event.