An annual show organized by the Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association designed to showcase how artists use plein air studies to inform studio work opens on March 18 and hangs until April 28 in Milwaukee.
The exhibition is at Art*Bar, described by WIPAPA head Wendie Thompson as “a very unique venue in Milwaukee.” She says, “It is a bar/gallery and community hangout in an up-and-coming area of the city. Although small, at the holidays it hosts one of the most highly sought-after minis shows in the country. They hang more than 700 paintings that are 8” x 8” or under, and all under $100 for opening night. As they are sold, they are replaced with new work. Last year they sold more than $20,000 worth of original art at the mini show.”

“Small Vineyard in the Vaulcluse,” by Audrey Dulmes, pastel, 12 x 12 in. Plein air

“Hildegard’s Pumpkin Patch,” by Pam Ruschman, oil, 8 x 10 in. Plein air

“Cherry Blossoms in Whitnall Park III,” by Kriste Sankey, oil, 14 x 18 in. Studio piece

This exhibition is titled “We Came, We Saw, We Painted 2016,” and it features pairs from several artists — field studies and studio paintings. “This show is one of the most fun juried shows WIPAPA does each year,” Thompson says. “Both the study and the studio piece are hung together. The juror may award either of the pieces or both.”
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