Plein Air Painting Workshop Events Scheduled for Oct. 24-26

Billyo OCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 22, 2014 – The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University is partnering with the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center to present three events highlighting the art of plein air painting.

The events will include a plein air painting workshop, a book presentation and an opportunity for the public to watch plein air painters while they work. Plein air painting is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors.

The plein air painting workshop will be held Oct. 24-26 and will be led by artist Billy O’Donnell. The workshop will take advantage of landscape views at Southeast’s River Campus and the Conservation Nature Center.O’Donnell will discuss his techniques to view color as well as demonstrate his painting style for workshop participants, give one on one guidance and facilitate group critiques. A $50 deposit is required, and the remaining fee of $270 is due on Oct. 24. To enroll and receive more information about this workshop, contact the Crisp Museum at (573) 651-2260.

O’Donnell has been recognized as one of America’s leading landscape painters by several prestigious plein air invitationals. He has also been honored at the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City, Missouri for an unveiling of a selection of his 115 paintings in the book, “Painting Missouri,” authored by Karen Glines, which depicts the 114 counties in Missouri.

“I hope to convey an appreciation for the diversity within our state regarding land, people, culture, and history,” Glines said. “While researching for the seven years, I came to look upon Missouri almost as a small continent with its separate borders and regions and immersed myself in learning about the distinctive differences.”

The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host Glines and O’Donnell for a book presentation of “Painting Missouri” on Oct. 24 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. The book presentation is free and open to the public.

“Their book weaves the natural story of the Missouri landscape throughout the histories and cultures of each county of our state,” said Sara Turner, manager of the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. “This is representative of how conservation and nature are not only essential to each community, but often set the tone for the formation of a community through rich natural scenery and abundant wildlife.”

On Oct. 25 from 1 – 4 p.m. the public is invited to watch the plein air painting workshop participants as they create plein air paintings at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. O’Donnell will also have some of his landscape paintings on display. This event is also free and open to the public.

For more information on any of these events, contact the Crisp Museum at (573) 651-2260.