There is a new exhibit of more than 30 paintings in the public spaces at the Bernerhof Inn in Glen in the heart of the White Mountains. The painters are members of NHPleinAir Artists, a group founded in 2004 by Derry artist Sharon E. Allen, which has grown to nearly 300 members throughout the region.
The exhibit’s 30 paintings, depicting a variety of scenes and subjects representative of New Hampshire, were created by 10 members of NHPleinAir Artists. In addition to Allen, local artists include Elaine Farmer and Susan Hanna of Londonderry, and Sandra Garrigan of Sandown.
The term en plein air literally means “in open air,” and in the world of art it is applied only to those paintings that were created outdoors and from life, rather than in studio from a photograph. Plein air artists must work quickly, constantly facing the challenge of changing light, shadows, weather conditions, and encounters with animals and other factors in the environment.
Consequently, plein air studies are usually small works, and often have a raw and impressionistic feel to them. They are sometimes used by the artists who create them to create larger and more detailed studio paintings. The paintings at The Bernerhof Inn are a mix of plein air works and studio pieces based on plein air studies.
To learn more about the group, visit NHPleinAir.com or their Facebook page.