County Arts Center
finds success with painting event
Helen E. McKinney
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (October 2006) When artist
Carole Logan attended the University of Louisville to earn a bachelors
degree in Fine Arts at age 50, her professor ordered the class to paint
on sight, not from photographs. The result created a natural desire
in her to paint on sight, or to paint en plein air.
artist Carole Logan says she
enjoys talking with people when
painting scenes outdoors.
You cannot get the feeling of a place if you are
not there, said Logan. Painting en plein air gives one a
sense of place.
It is a challenge for many artists to paint en plein air. To capture
the mood and feeling of an ever-changing light requires a quick eye
Plein air is an age old tradition among artists to paint from
real life in an outdoor location, said David Thurmond, program
coordinator for the Oldham County Arts Center in Crestwood. The masters
painted landscapes and outdoor subjects, and this tradition is continued
through present-day artists.
Part of the challenge comes in capturing the essence of the landscape
or outdoor still life where light is constantly changing. It is
difficult because it must be done quickly, said Thurmond.
But many regional artists were willing to give it a try in the first
annual Plein Air Paint Out! On Sept. 22-24, artists gathered in Crestwood
to paint images of the community en plain air. Artists also painted
at certain locations the following week, due to the rainy weekend weather.
The finished paintings will be on exhibit in the Oldham County Arts
Centers BPW Gallery through Oct. 16. An opening reception was
held to honor the participating artists on Sept. 28 prior to the Arts
Centers opening performance of the season, Flamenco Louisville!
Oct. 19-Nov. 21: HomeFront Fiber Show in the BPW-Oldham County
Gallery. This exhibit features quilts and other fiber works by
Saturday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.: Kentucky HomeFront.
A Kentucky Theater Project, broadcast live by the Public Radio
Partnership. Jonell Mosser, a native Kentuckian who has performed
in Nashville, Tenn., will perform her own brand of country and
blues. Master storyteller Col. Bob Thompson will also entertain.
Admission is $12.
Nov. 11-12, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.: Manhattan Dance Project.
Unique dance workshop providing dancers with a supportive learning
and performance environment in the areas of jazz, ballet, tap,
theatre dance and hip hop.
The idea for this painting on location came from a local
artist, Leann Luce. This was something Luce had always wanted to do
with other artists. Arts Center officials liked the idea and decided
to organize the event.
In the future, we hope to do this in other Oldham County communities,
said Thurmond. It will be an ongoing event.
Logan decided on two familiar Crestwood images to apply to canvas: the
stoplight in Crestwood painted from a coffee shop on La Grange Road,
and a scene from Yew Dell Gardens. Images will be stored at the Arts
Center for future use in promotions, calendars and note cards, with
the artists consent.
Artists were free to paint original works in their choice of medium,
including watercolors and oils. Excluding the frame, paintings could
not exceed 3x4 feet in size. The sides of the canvas had to be finished,
painted or framed.
In addition to weather, another challenge of painting en plein air is
people stopping to speak to the artists while they are working. Logan
is working on painting some scenes of downtown Louisville en plein air,
and oftentimes tourists will stop and ask questions, she said.
But this doesnt bother the Chicago natives concentration.
She is a member of a local plein air group, the Kentucky Plein Air Painters,
which formed eight years ago. She is the only Oldham Countian in a group
of 12 that travel to many different locations to paint, such as Bernheim
Forest and Labrott & Graham Distillery.
Logan has her own studio at 301 La Grange Rd., Pewee Valley. It is called
For more information on these events or
the many classes and workshops, contact David Thurmond at (502) 241-6018,
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