Crisp Museum Announces Plein Air Painting Events

billyo-odonnell-demo-image-2014The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus is hosting three events highlighting the art of plein air painting.

The events will include a painting contest and two artist talks and demonstrations. Plein air painting is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors.

“Plein Air Paintout ’16” is a three-day event occurring Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in conjunction with Cape Girardeau’s Heritage Days. This painting contest features two categories, landscape/cityscape and portrait/narrative. Entry fees apply for participating artists. Day and nocturne cash awards will be given for each category. Judging begins Oct. 2 at 3:30 p.m. and winners will be announced Oct. 2 at 4 p.m.

An artist talk with Billy O’Donnell titled “Importance of Finding Like-Minded Artists” will be held Oct. 1 at noon. O’Donnell has been recognized as one of America’s leading landscape painters by several prestigious plein air invitationals. A painting demonstration will follow at the artist’s chosen location. Admission is $10 for the public, payable at the event. Current Southeast faculty, staff and students can use a valid Redhawks ID for admission.

A lecture by American artist Don Sahli titled ‘A Plein Air Painter’s Journey’ will be held Oct. 5 from noon-3 p.m. Sahli will discuss his journey as a self-taught painter and the impact plein air techniques have had on his art and career. Admission is $10 for the public, payable at the event. Current Southeast faculty, staff and students can use a valid Redhawks ID for admission.

Additional artworks will be displayed by participating artists in the Crisp Museum’s “Show and Sell.” Patrons may purchase artwork from this display during the museum’s hours of operation.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 1-4 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email museum@semo.edu.