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Painting fun in the open air

Art lovers wishing to hone their skills are being invited to join a Plein Air Painting group, which has recently set up in Mundaring.

The are also invited to come and chat to artists during an open studio event next month.

Plein air, which means in the open air, is a term coined by the French impressionists over 100 years ago to describe painting outdoors, capturing natural light and translating those qualities with paint to canvas.

Well-known landscape artist Alecia Christy has moved to Mundaring where she plans to form a Plein Air Group and anyone with an interest in learning how to is welcome to join.

The Australian Plein Air Artists Group aims to continue the tradition in Australia while fostering learning through mentoring, workshops, tutorials, exhibitions and judging.

Christy held an open day at her private gallery-studio on Thursday this week with an exhibition and demonstration of techniques by well-known fellow artist Christine Wiaczek, who herself is an active member of the Plein Air Painters of Australia.

Christy’s considerable body of work can be seen at her gallery on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30 at 300 Walker St in Mundaring.

Her work will also be on display during the annual Mundaring Hills Open Studios event.

The open studio’s event will showcase the work of eight artists and craftspeople who will open for visitors during the last weekend in October, in what has become a very popular event with art lovers.

The open studio event will run from Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October from 10-5pm to give the public a chance to talk to the artists and buy direct if they wish.

For more information about the Mundaring Hills Open Studios map go to http://tinyurl.com/haufn57

To join Christy’s plein air paint group email aleciachristy@bigpond.com

About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011. She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors. In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

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