Locals participate in open-air painting festival

Above, “Shelburne Farm Reflections 2013” a 16” x 20” oil by Shelburne artist Christine Jenkins.

Above, “Shelburne Farm Reflections 2013” a 16” x 20” oil by Shelburne artist Christine Jenkins.

The 3rd Annual Jericho Plein Air Festival will take place on July 20. Festival headquarters for this “painting in the open air” event are at the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, 22 Barber Farm Road in Jericho Center, and artists will be painting at a number of sites around the area.

Shelburne artists Christine Jenkins, Patrick Kennedy, and Sally Hughes will be among the more than 80 established and emerging artists from 35 towns across Vermont and from several neighboring states participating in the event this year.

Ever wondered how artists translate what they see onto a canvas or paper? The public is encouraged to wander around the sites, meet and talk with the artists, watch the creative process at work, and enjoy the excitement, energy, and spontaneity of outdoor painting.

The artists will be out painting by 8 am; the event opens to the public at 9 am. It’s free of charge and parking will be available.

Participants will return to the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery by 3 pm to frame work they created during the day. An exhibit of the paintings will take place at the Gallery from July 21 through Aug. 11, and the work will be for sale through the Gallery for the duration of the exhibit. Gallery hours: Thursday through Sunday 10 am to 3 pm or by appointment (802) 899-3211.

The public is invited to attend an opening reception for the artists at the Gallery from 2 to 4 pm on July 21.

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