Gephart stands with three of her Plein Air Force badge winners.

“May the ‘Plein Air Force’ be with you!” says accomplished pastel painter Susan Nicholas Gephart, who recently handed out some custom awards to the next generation of outdoor painters.

Creating art in nature changes lives, but that message can fall flat without the efforts of amazing people like Susan Nicholas Gephart. Recently, Gephart hosted a workshop with several young students, teaching them about the traditions and techniques of plein air. Especially exciting, however, were the artist’s awards, which came in the form of Plein Air Force badges.

Gephart works one-on-one with her students.
Gephart works one-on-one with her students.
Students at work

Gephart says, “One young student last week teared up in front of her grandma when I handed her the last badge I had! She had seen it earlier in the week and burst into a smile because she realized the play on words and the meaning. I didn’t want to give up my last one, but I’m so glad I did to this young artist!”

Cheers to Susan!

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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