Plein Air Art Show
Linda Walker, right, puts the finishing touches on the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan exhibit now on display at Glen Oaks Community College while art student Jordan Hawkins looks on. The oil painting “New Year’s Day at Wolf Tree” is the work of Richard Jordan.

Glen Oaks to feature art exhibit from Plein Air Artists of West Michigan; opening reception is Fri., Jan. 24

Glen Oaks Community College now features the work of the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan in the Flora Kirsch Beck Art Gallery on the campus of Glen Oaks Community College. Over 40 pieces of art comprise the exhibit and represent 19 artists.

The opening reception will take place on Friday, Jan 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with many of the artists on hand for the event. The public is invited to attend.

Plein air painting comes from the French term “en plein air” – meaning “in open air.” The Plein Air Artists of West Michigan (PAAWM) was established in 2008. The group is an association of artists who seek inspiration and artistic growth though painting directly from nature.

“We paint outdoors, year around,” said Linda Walker, graphic arts instructor at Glen Oaks coordinating the exhibit and member of the West Michigan PAAWM for ten years. “Our Paint Outs fall on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. It is a loosely organized group — and membership is by participation. We welcome new artists at any level wanting to learn and advance their development as artists.”

Viewers may vote for their favorite painting for the “Best of Show” award. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on display through Feb. 21. Persons may make special arrangements for the exhibit to be open on request by calling (269) 294-4353.