Re-enactors at a previous Battle of Perryville commemoration. Photo courtesy Perryville Battle Historic Site

A plein air group in Kentucky has a way to paint a historic event from the Civil War. How?

Plein Aire Painters of the Bluegrass will be attending a commemoration of the Battle of Perryville, just west of Perryville, Kentucky, on October 5 and 6, depicting the army camps and landscape of the historic site. The event this year will emphasize the living conditions of the soldiers, who only fought an average of five days a year, but led a soldier’s life all the rest.

Members of Plein Aire Painters of the Bluegrass at a recent paint-out

Dan McGrath, the president and founder of Plein Aire Painters of the Bluegrass, says the artist members will likely concentrate on the colors of the spectacle, the uniforms of the re-enactors, and static scenes of mess tents and cannons.

For more information, visit the organization’s website and the Perryville Battlefield website.


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