If you have an internet connection (and if you’re reading this, you do), this coming Wednesday you can visit whereintheworldispleinair.com to access dozens of artists who are actively painting en plein air, probably even as you read this.
“Where in the World is Plein Air,” aka WITWIPA, takes place June 6, 2018, and was started by Jane Bell Meyer. I asked a participant, my friend and colleague Richard Lindenberg, to share a few words about this event, which is celebrating its fifth year.
“WITWIPA is such a fun event each year for the participating artists, as well as for collectors and painters looking to find out more about their lives and process,” says Lindenberg. “This is my fourth year taking part and producing video shorts of each painting while in process. Jane Bell Meyer is a creative force in the gallery world, and one can point to WITWIPA as her stroke of genius. It’s the only event of its kind in the world of plein air. Jane has watched my progress over the years, and at the 2018 Plein Air Convention & Expo in Santa Fe, NM, this past April, she invited me to be one of her Mission Gallery artists. Thanks to Jane for all she does to promote hard-working painters.”
The resulting plein air paintings from WITWIPA will be for sale starting today. Artists from all over the world are participating. When asked how this event originally began, Meyer tells us it was an idea that came up in the middle of the night as a way to include plein air artists with the progressions we’re seeing in the world of technology.
She adds, “From wherever you are using any device, you can visit whereintheworldispleinair.com and view every artist at your leisure. Be the first to purchase your favorite pieces before they are taken.”
A gallery showing of the finished pieces will open on Friday, July 13 at the Illume Gallery of Fine Art in St George, Utah.
Just for fun, comment below and tell us: Where in the world are you painting this summer?