The Art of Plein Air

8th Annual Art Festival Turns Eagle into an Outdoor Living Gallery

Article by Meg Glasgow

Photography by Allie Zeyer, Mike Olson, David Mensing, Meg Glasgow

Originally published in Meridian Lifestyle

The Eagle Plein Air Festival attacts painters from all over North America. More than eighty painters are expected to turn Southwest Idaho into an outdoor living art gallery October 9-16.  “Over the course of a week, we host numerous artist workshops and presentations, culminating in our signature Festival Celebration featuring an art auction, concert and wine tasting,” says festival founder, Meg Glasgow.   Which means there are plenty of opportunities to explore, experience, expand, and discover art, music, food, culture, and friendship.

What does Plein Air mean exactly? It hails from the French word en plein air, an expression that means “into the open air.” Plein air can be described as the “not-so-simple” art of painting outside.  While that may not seem like a big deal, when you take weather and the nature of being outdoors into consideration, it starts to become a bit less simple, and a bit more… unpredictable.  That’s the beauty of the Plein Air Festival: you never quite know what you’re going to get, and it’s a one-of-a-kind experience you can’t get anywhere else.

From demonstrations to competitions and celebrations, the Festival has everything to keep you entertained, beginning on October 9 with a timed event bringing painters to downtown Eagle for a two hour quick draw painting competition from 10:00am – 12:00pm.

For more information, visit EaglePleinAir.com

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