Emilie Lee, “Sentinels,” 2017, oil on panel, 36 x 24 inches

In July, PleinAir Today detailed the amazing story of painter Emilie Lee, who had recently sold almost all her belongings to pack her Honda Element and travel across the country to camp and paint outdoors. Want to see her works in person?

Since 2015, painter Emilie Lee has made three different trips to study and paint on the American Prairie Reserve (APR), located in northeastern Montana. At nearly 3.5 million acres, it is one of only four large-scale intact prairie ecosystems in the world. Ninety percent of the ground has never been plowed. The lack of human impact on the land has provided a great setting for plein air painting.

Emilie Lee, “Coming Storms,” 2017, oil on linen, 24 x 18 inches
Carol Guzman, “Norris Junction, Mt. – Red Elevators,” oil on linen, 10 x 12 inches

In Bozeman, Montana, Old Main Gallery will be showcasing paintings of the APR by Lee along with Carol Guzman and Monte Dolack. Opening November 4, the exhibition represents two years of exploration and research for Lee, celebrating the APR’s beauty, “from the fleeting gumbo primrose to the infinite horizons,” as Lee says.

Emilie Lee, “Looming Thunder,” 2015, oil on linen, 10 x 6 inches
Monte Dolack, “House of the Rising Sun,” 2017, acrylic on canvas, 26 x 36 inches
Emilie Lee, “Missouri River,” 2016, oil on linen, 12 x 8 inches

A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit the American Prairie Reserve. The exhibition will be on view through December 4. To learn more, visit Old Main Gallery.

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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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