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Alison Barry, "Boomerangs," oil on linen, 9 x 12 in.

Now through October 5, you can view a collection of plein air paintings curated by artist Justin Vining. This exhibition is at the Butler Art Center (Indianapolis, Indiana).

“About six months ago, I was asked to do a second exhibit in Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University, which is a massive exhibition space,” says Vining. “I jumped at the opportunity, but asked if I could invite some friends to help me fill the space. As I was wondering who to invite, I looked at my art collection and specifically the inspiration wall in my studio, which contains more than 100 works by a wide variety of artists. I gravitated towards the artists I plein air paint with all the time and then the plein air painters that I have bought from and collected over the years. I took a shot in the dark and invited a bunch of them. To my surprise, 17 of the 18 artists invited said yes (the one that could not participate is on a five-month long plein air painting road trip and logistically just could not make it work).”

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The wall of art inspiration at Justin Vining’s art studio

Featured plein air artists from “In Open Air:”

Alison Barry – Southern MA
Jason Skyle Conn – Alameda, CA
Jed Dorsey – Camano Island, WA
Dennis Doyle – Weymouth, MA
Jeremy Duncan – Amador County, CA
Jessica Green – Indianapolis, IN
Danny Griego – San Diego, CA
Mike Hernandez – Los Angeles, CA
Shawn Krueger – Grand Rapids, MI
Aaron Cordell Johnson – Moscow, ID
Kyle Ragsdale – Indianapolis, IN
Tad Retz – Syracuse, NY
Caleb Stolzfus – Philadelphia, PA
Edward Sprafkin – Phoenix, AZ
Stephanie Paige Thomson – Brownsburg, IN
Justin Vining – Indianapolis, IN
Alicia Zanoni – Indianapolis, IN

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Aaron Cordell Johnson, “Palouse Spring,” gouache, 9 x 9 in.
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Danny Griego, “Tank Job,” oil, 6 x 12 in.
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Dennis Doyle, “Tybee,” oil, 9 x 12 in.
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Edward Sprafkin, “Journey Begins,” acrylic, 9 x 12 in.

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