Gallery & Studio News


Akron Society of Artists Paint en Plein Air

Show opens Saturday, October 4th, 5 to 8 pm

Many members of ASA enjoy painting “en plein air.” Painting en plein air simply means painting in the “open air” or just plain “outdoors.” Members paint extensively in the Summit County area from Spring through Fall, but also travel to other parts of the country, and even overseas to paint. Though landscapes are the mainstay of plein air painting, lively settings such as city streets or open-air markets and festivals are increasingly seen within the genre.

Plein air painting is generally known for its vivid representations of light and freshness of brushstrokes. Most of the plein air paintings are done in one sitting, but occasionally a painting can be done in several sittings at the same location. Plein air painters must develop an excellent sense of observation of color and light, while racing the clock, and the sun, to capture the desired image. Light, color, and shadows are fleeting.
ASA artists work in a wide variety of media from simple pencil or charcoal to the more complex media of watercolor, pastels, acrylic paint, and oil paint. The paintings in this show will represent many styles, and will portray many places in the Akron area, as well as other parts of the country and the world. A plein air painting can be a refreshing visual "escape hatch" from our everyday world. We invite you to come escape with us through our art!

Above is “Whitehead, Monhegan” by Kimberly Moore, below left is “Monhegan Fog” by Jana Volkmer and below right is “Brandywine Light” by Ann Kah.

Next Show

“Through the Years” works by Diane Talmadge – November 19 to December 31

In general, the Gallery will be open for public events, such as the Akron Artwalks on First Saturdays of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Gallery times will be marked on the ASA Calendar. It can also be visited during our studio sessions and at other times upon request.

ASA Studio News

Monday Open Studio continues with Still Life setups organized by those participating.

Wednesday Evening Programs including model sessions, critiques as well as programs of general interest have resumed for the Fall. Check the Calendar page for details of activities during the Summer.

Friday Model Sessions are continuing and an email request can get your name on the weekly reminder list. Non-members are welcomed to participate in ASA's Model sessions, which have a fee of $8 for non-members, $5 for members.
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