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Greenport Maritime Festival gallery walk details and plein air defined

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Photo: Carol Nickerson, Sxc.hu

The Greenport Maritime Festival is going on now. It began Friday evening with plein air artists in Mitchell Park and a Land and Sea recepion at the East End Seaport Museum. Click on this link for the full schedule of Maritime Festival events.

Here is the "map" for the gallery walk that takes place at 6:00 p.m tonight.

Start at 6:00 at deCordova Studio, 538 Main Street. Then follow to the other galleries listed here in order:

  • Sirens' Song, 516 Main Street
  • Gallery M, 407 Main Street
  • South Street Gallery, 18 South Street
  • Winter Harbor, 211 Main Street
  • Terrence Joyce, 114 Main Street
  • Greeport Art and Design 117 Main Street
  • Studio E, 120 Front Street

Participants do the walk at their own pace. The artwork displays many up and coming local artists who use the sites and feel of Greenport as inspiration for their work.

There are several plein air art events taking place at the Maritime Festival today. Check the schedule for event times. Ok, so what on earth is plein air art?

Pronounced plane air art, it refers to art that is created outdoors. It's roots are in 19-century Europe. Anything that can be seen outdoors provides the inspiration. Subjects like wildlife and crowds don't stand still, nor do clouds or the ligthing in the sky, so the subject may change over the course of the painting. Any style can be used, including abstract and any medium can be used.

According to contemporary plein air artist Rebecca Grantham, the experience involves total concentration and receptiveness on the part of the artist. During the Greenport Maritime Festival, the public has the opportunity to watch the artists at work, and see how they do things like mixing colors and capturing nuances of the sights and feel of what is in front of them. A silent auction of the art will also take place.

Click on this link for more information about plein air art.

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