Plein Air Art Show: Layers of Autumn
Through June 4, 2023
Kelly Adirondack Center at Union College, New York
From the organizers:
The Kelly Adirondack Center and Union College Department of Visual Arts is presenting “Layers of Autumn,” an exhibition of paintings by Shriya Balaji, Natalie Berg-Pappert, Talia Coker, Saliha Nazir, Isabel Pacchiana, and Emily Zucco, students from Professor Laini Nemett’s Fall 2022 Plein Air Painting course at Union College.
Following the storied tradition of plein air painting and its recent revitalization in the contemporary art world, Union’s Plein Air Painting course brought students outdoors almost every day, rain or shine, to paint from life in nature. “Layers of Autumn” features paintings from a range of locations visited in this class, including Lock 7 Park on the Mohawk River; Jackson’s Garden and other sites on the Union College campus; and the Hudson River School favorite, Kaaterskill Falls, in Palenville, NY. One collaborative two-panel painting in the exhibit was made collaboratively by every student in the class just outside the doors of the Kelly Adirondack Center.
The range of works in this exhibition represents the many unique ways artists can interpret a similar scene and be inspired by their relationship to the environment. Each student in this course is a major or minor in Studio Arts at Union College, some with additional concentrations. For several of them, this was their first oil painting course. Layers of Autumn was co-curated by Nemett and the six exhibiting students.
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