Artists join to­gether to paint the beauty of St. Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

“Art adds to a com­mu­nity, at­tracts a core of peo­ple who are in­tel­li­gent, cre­ative and bring new ideas. They have a lot of en­ergy, which is a re­ally won­der­ful thing for a com­mu­nity to have.”

Land­scape painters will in­vade Seren­ity Park, Cas­tries in Septem­ber. Some of the area’s most tal­ented out­door painters will bring their paint boxes and easels to Seren­ity Park, well known for its vis­tas of Cas­tries Har­bour and the Cas­tries Fish­eries, his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant build­ings and other items of lo­cal in­ter­est.

This re­mark­able 13th an­nual event - ‘Paint Cas­tries’ - is hap­pen­ing with the sup­port of In­ter­na­tional Plein Air Painters and The Artist’s Cir­cle. Artists from Cas­tries, La­borie, Vieux Fort and all towns in-be­tween are ex­pected to con­verge in Sans Souci all day next Satur­day and Sun­day, Septem­ber 10 and 11 to paint outdoors through­out the area.

Plein air artists seek the qual­ity of nat­u­ral light and at­mos­phere outdoors. Their art­work is in di­rect re­sponse to the beauty they find in na­ture. They use a va­ri­ety of me­dia from oils, through wa­ter­colours and pas­tels.

The pub­lic will be able to join in the fun by watch­ing in­di­vid­ual artists work from 9am - 3pm. On Sun­day af­ter­noon there will be a dis­play of the days’ work at Seren­ity Park from 3pm to 5pm. The pub­lic is in­vited to come view the art and meet the artists.

Al­cina Nol­ley and Ken Lawrence of The Artist’s Cir­cle, the event or­ga­niz­ers, said there is a joy about paint­ing outdoors and this is a chance for peo­ple to see pro­fes­sional artists at work, de­vel­op­ing their paint­ings in re­sponse to the beauty of Saint Lu­cia.

Plein air paint­ing de­vel­oped in France in the mid 19th cen­tury and is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar.

Last year’s event drew artists from all over the globe. Many new plein air-paint­ing groups were formed di­rectly from this event.

In­ter­na­tional Plein Air Painters, which has mem­bers who re­side through­out the world, is the blan­ket or­ga­ni­za­tion for in­di­vid­ual plein air groups and was cre­ated for the sole pur­pose of ad­vanc­ing the ex­e­cu­tion and en­joy­ment of plein air paint­ing with­out lim­i­ta­tions of bor­ders or re­gions.

2016 marks the 14th An­niver­sary of In­ter­na­tional Plein Air Painters.

IPAP’s mem­bers are the quiet ac­tivists in the on­go­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal strug­gle. They call at­ten­tion to the threat­ened urban scene and the van­ish­ing farm­land. Mem­bers share in­spi­ra­tion and en­cour­age­ment both on the In­ter­net and at “paint outs”. They en­cour­age other artists to get out and do it, to paint with other artists and share ideas.

This out­door paint­ing event is hap­pen­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously in in­ter­na­tional lo­ca­tions and Saint Lu­cia is part of this 14th world­wide group event hosted by In­ter­na­tional Plein Air Painters.

You can join or show your sup­port for IPAP or learn more about the group and see some of the many events hap­pen­ing posted on the web­site

Paint out at Anse Fere, Ciceron.

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