“En plein air” is a French term referring to the act of painting outdoors with natural subjects and light. On Friday, July 13, ten notable local artists will showcase their skills al fresco throughout the late afternoon and evening as part of what has become an annual festival for downtown Northampton–Arts Night Out En Plein Air. Please join Linda Babcock, Susan Barocas, Valerie Bassett, Jeffrey Gatrall, Paula Gottlieb, Kathleen Hession, Robert Markey, Robert Masla, Scott Prior, and Deborah Rubin in the open air “studio of Pulaski Park 4-8 pm.
By happy coincidence, July’s Arts Night Out falls on the eve of Bastille Day, a national day of celebration in France and a great opportunity to add a little French flare to the occasion. Everything is free and interactive as artists welcome onlookers to watch them work on original pieces and engage in conversation about the technique. Robert Masla, in cooperation with Northampton’s own Royal Talens paints and Chartpak, Inc., will be offering hands-on, paint-along demonstrations in watercolor and water mixable oils using Fredrix All-Media Paint Board. The public is also invited to create their own en plein air paintings by borrowing one of 20 water color kits for an hour at a time.
The festival also hosts Prone to Mischief, a group of street musicians known for their colorful costumes and high energy. The band will keep the atmosphere lively by channeling its inner French Quarter.
This community event is produced in cooperation with the Downtown Northampton Association. It is funded in part by the Festivals Program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Northampton Arts Council and Florence Bank.
Details and selected artist statements at www.nohoarts.org