The 10th Annual Plein Air Paint Out was this weekend in De Smet. It is the longest-running plein air event in South Dakota.
Sixty-nine artists registered for the event last year and many returned this year, Susan Purintun, a Harvey Dunn Society board member said.
“The artists are emailing us saying they are coming back. We are looking forward to seeing everyone,” she said.
Many of the artists who participate are professionals. But the event is open to everyone from beginners to professionals.
Everything about the event — the outdoor painting, the workshops, the tour to the Manchester area and the music at the Ingalls Homestead Saturday evening — is open to the public without charge.
“We encourage the public to get out and visit with the artists,” Purintun said.
She added that if someone has an idea for a painting, those organizing the event will pass the word along to the artists suggesting that they go to that location.
Purintun said a growing number of artists are painting subjects outside the immediate De Smet area and their work is welcomed.
The event started Friday with a reception for the artists at 5 p.m. Demonstrations began at 11 a.m. Saturday with Jan Sohl, an artist from the Rapid City area, who features the Black Hills, and parts of Wyoming and Montana in her work, working in pastels.
From 12:30-1:30 p.m., Charlene Fleming from the Willow Lake area, did a watercolor demonstration. Fleming is a Nebraska native who taught for 31 years at a Detroit, Mich., private school. She also has some college teaching in her background. Fleming has studied glassblowing and taught and worked in pottery for 21 years. She now focuses on watercolors in her outdoor work. Fleming is a past recipient of both the Harvey Dunn People’s Choice and Artist’s Choice awards from the local plein air event.
“The children’s workshop went over well last year,” Purintun said. So it was brought back this year, taught by Karen Kinder from 12:30-2:30 p.m.. The children’s workshop is open to those ages 8 and up.
Free tours of the Manchester area where Harvey Dunn grew up were scheduled at 9 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Sharon Schaller narrated the tours. Schaller and Manchester native Gary Marx, both of whom are Harvey Dunn Society board members, narrated the tours last year. But Marx was unable to return this year because of health issues. The recently renovated Dow Cemetery south of Manchester is on the tour. Rudy Waldner and Marlyn Clendening were instrumental in cleaning up that cemetery and looked forward to it being on the tour, Puntinun said.
At 6 p.m. Saturday at the Homestead, a reception and evening meal featured music by the Fiddlers of South Dakota.
The event concluded Sunday with a wet sale from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the De Smet Event and Wellness Center just off Prairie Avenue. Artist awards were presented at 2 p.m.
The Plein Air Paint Out is sponsored by the Havey Dunn Society, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, the Ingalls Homestead, American Bank & Trust, the South Dakota Art Museum and De Smet Farm Mutual Insurance Company of South Dakota.
Posted on 08-13-2018
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