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Featured Painting by Susan Klabak
Graciously aligning with Wright’s philosophy of organic architecture, the arts, land stewardship, and education, Taliesin Plein Air is a celebration of beauty under the umbrella of Wright’s design, bringing together 29 regional artists from the Midwest including Wisconsin and Iowa.
Building upon prior Taliesin plein air events and workshops over the past decade, Taliesin Preservation will host regional artists renowned for their work en plein air, for a week-long painting event on the 800-acre Taliesin estate. During the week, artists will be free to paint any outdoor subject or setting within the boundaries established on the private estate, culminating with a Buyers’ Reception and Quick Paint Off-the-Easel for artists to showcase a selection of paintings for purchase. Income generated from the week-long event will directly support the artistic, cultural and educational programs that breathe life into the buildings.
Plein air painting is a popular and interpretive approach to learning from nature – also at the root of influence for Frank Lloyd Wright. Fused with the iconic architecture at Taliesin are patchworks of organic farmland, restored prairies, intimate waterways, stunning oak trees, orchards, gardens, vineyards, and collections.
On the evening of Friday, September 21, from 6-9 p.m., the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center will be transformed into an art gallery overlooking the Wisconsin River. Art lovers and collectors meet and mingle with the Taliesin Plein Air artists, and enjoy the first opportunity to purchase paintings created by each artist. All artwork is for sale and ready to go home that evening. The evening includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts, a cash bar, and Artists’ Choice Award.
The following morning a two-hour Quick Paint Celebration kicks off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 22. This free event for all ages invites art enthusiasts to watch the featured artists paint on the Taliesin estate, followed by an Off-the-Easel Sale beginning at noon and People’s Choice Award, where the public will vote on their favorite painting. Food and beverage available for purchase.
Friday, September 21, 6-9 p.m. $80
Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center
Guests will enjoy hors-d’oeuvres, desserts, cash bar and the presentation of the Artists’ Choice Award ($60 of ticket price may go towards the purchase of one painting – limit one voucher per painting).
Saturday, September 22 FREE BY PRE-REGISTRATION
Hillside School Grounds on the Taliesin estate
Quick Paint 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Off-the-Easel Sale Noon – 2 p.m.
Free event includes 2-hour artist painting session, Off-the-Easel Sale, and People’s Choice Award. Food and beverage available for purchase.
Q: HOW CAN PEOPLE BUY THE PAINTINGS?
A: Paintings can be bought during the Buyers’ Reception or the Quick Paint events. Purchase tickets or register for the events online at taliesinpreservation.org
Q: WHAT IS HAPPENING ALL WEEK?
A: Painters will be painting on the estate all week. Guests on public tours will likely see painters with their easels in many locations around the Taliesin Estate. Approximately 60 River Valley students will spend a day at Taliesin exploring the outdoors and engaging the professional artists while they paint.
Q: WHAT SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE I COME?
A: Please register or buy tickets online for the events. For the Quick Paint, please dress in comfortable shoes and be prepared for the weather. Food and beverage will be available for purchase from local producers.
TALIESIN PLEIN AIR MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY THE SPRING GREEN AREA ARTS COALITION 2018 CREATIVE COMMUNITY GRANT, WHICH SUPPORTS:
An educational outreach component for middle- and high school art students in the River Valley School District, and the outdoor Quick Paint Celebration, which is free and open to a general audience of all ages.
“The Spring Green Area Arts Coalition (SGAAC) and the Wisconsin Arts Board is pleased to support Taliesin Plein Air’s invitation to our community to engage with the making of art, and with our cultural heritage. We are especially pleased that the project will reach out to Middle and High school students, offering the opportunity to respond to art, nature and architecture through dialogue with professional artists and by creating art of their own.”
-Terry Kerr, SGAAC Vice President