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The exhibition opening this week features an artist who works En plein air a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning “open (in full) air”. It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. We often think of Plein air painters working in the parks of Paris or seashores of California not the banks of the Missouri River or the Badlands of North Dakota. But artist Greg Walters does just that.

Greg Walters was born and raised in the Mississippi River Valley region of La Crosse, WI. He has been teaching art and design since 1998, and has been at Dickinson State University since 2013.

SeptSoybeans3Walters paints on site, outdoors, directly within the landscape environment, and only finishes the paintings in his studio when time and weather do not allow him to do so on location. Plein Air artists insist that this is the best way to get the truest light, color, and atmosphere of a landscape.

Walters does not typically pick places to paint which are widely considered to be scenic or popular such as waterfalls, sunsets, etc, because he prefers to show people beauty in places that are usually walked past and overlooked. His intent is to show people the beauty in the more mundane or commonplace, beauty which many do not see until it is shown to them. Many more examples of his work can be found at http://www.gregwalterartwork.com.

The exhibition will open to the public on December 18 continuing through January 16. Please note that the gallery will be closed December 24 – January 3 for the Holiday week.

Source: Jamestown Arts Area Voices