Five artists stand among the lavender fields.

Several artists of the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society embarked on their own adventure while in attendance at the Door County Plein Air Festival two weekends ago. What they found was extraordinary and beautiful.

Although there are infinite views in and around Door County, Wisconsin, several artists of the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society decided to embark on a daylong journey to Washington Island. Upon arrival they found a treasure: lavender fields at Fragrant Isle. “The beautiful color, the wonderful fragrance, the perfect light and temperature set the stage for an amazing painting experience,” suggests Teddy Jackson. “A ferry transported us to this new venue, and it may well become an annual event for us.”

An artist at work capturing the lavender
An artist at work capturing the lavender
An artist at work capturing the lavender

In fact, there are two lavender farms on Washington Island, within walking distance from one another. Among the artists were Judie Stang, Jackson, and Tammie Dickerson. The group’s annual trip to Door County has become tradition, having begun 10 years ago. “It’s like watching rock stars,” suggests Stang, “and being in a workshop.”

This article was featured in PleinAir Today, a weekly e-newsletter from PleinAir magazine. To start receiving PleinAir Today for free, click here.

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Editor PleinAir Today, Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster is the Editor of Plein Air Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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