By Anjali Singh

The Varley Art Gallery announces it’s En Plein Air (in the open air) competition. Locals artists will be bringing their easels and creativity to Main Street Unionville on August 10 – 11th to create in the open air.

Witness artists anywhere on Main Street Unionville, in the Varley Art Gallery courtyard and the beautiful Toogood Pond.

The artists will be submitting a maximum of two pieces to the following four categories; Walking down Main St. Unionville, Toogood Pond Park – Flora and Fauna, How I Varley, and Water – Colours.

Drawings or paintings will be judged with winners’ works displayed in the En Plein Air exhibition at the McKay Art Centre on Main Street Unionville.

The exhibition airs from September 3 to 8 and the community is invited to view these pieces for free. They can also vote for their favourite piece to award one artist with the Community’s Choice Award.

“The En Plein Air art competition looks back to the custom of sketching outdoors, popularized by Barbizon, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters in the nineteenth century, and continued by members of the Group of Seven in the twentieth,”explains gallery director Niamh O’Laoghaire. “This practice is clearly still beloved, as evidenced by the number of participants in our inaugural En Plein Air event.”

If you choose not to enter the competition, you can still enjoy painting outdoors near the charming sights in Main Street Unionville.


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