GREENSBURG — For seven hours on Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the city became a canvas, with artists from around the region sitting down to their palettes and recreating slices-of-life from the city we call home.
By noon, 20 participants had registered for the sixth annual Plein Air Paint Out, Painting the Town, hosted by the Arts & Cultural Council of Decatur County (ACCDC)
Volunteer Coordinator Beth Smiley told the Daily News that participating artists were free to recreate any spot in Greensburg in crafting their paintings. Some were at Rebekah Park; others camped out at High Point Orchard; others were at the Decatur County Fairgrounds and other spots, while a handful remained within the Courthouse square downtown.
At 3 p.m., Smiley explained, the artists gathered beneath a canopy on the Courthouse lawn, within which a metal lattice was erected where artists hung and displayed their day’s work.
The art display, Smiley said, lasted from 3 to 5 p.m., with the works available for sale.
“All the works will be on display at the Art on the Square Gallery for the entire month of August,” Smiley added, “where they’ll be available for purchase.”
Smiley offered special thanks to MainStreet Greensburg for donating the canopy under which registration and the art display were held. She also thanked all the area businesses who contributed to the Plein Air event.
“Each artist received a bag full of goodies,” she said, “items such as pens, pencils, local maps, clips and other things promoting Greensburg. We want to thank our sponsors for making those possible.”
Those sponsors included Anytime Fitness; Decatur County Farmers Mutual Insurance; MDL Coffee & Tea – The Fine Grind; Urgent Care; Decatur County Tourism; and the Decatur County Community Foundation.
Judith Richey, Art on the Square Committee Chairwoman, was one of the day’s participating artists. She camped out in front of the Art on the Square Gallery, recreating a building from a picture taken at the Charles Buell Nature Trail.