Sierra Foothill Conservancy holds Local Landscape Art Events this August
When it’s too hot to get into the garden, why not check out an art exhibit featuring the ‘plein air’ paintings created right here in the Sierra Foothills.
View the Plein Air Exhibit for free, now through August 26, 2010 at the California State University, Fresno Madden Library Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery Part of the sales of paintings goes to the Sierra Foothill Conservancy which is sponsoring this event.
These beautiful paintings are especially done outdoors in the technique called ‘En plein air’ which is a French expression meaning “in the open air”. The countryside shown is our own California Foothills landscape, distinctive with its golden rolling hills and large towering oaks.
Plein-Air artist at work. Photo courtesy of SFC
The Sierra Foothill Conservancy was established in 1996 to preserve two locally supported and managed foothill properties, the McKenzie Table Mountain Preserve and the Mary Elizabeth Miller Preserve at Black Mountain. Their area of interest is the foothills from near Mariposa and Southern Yosemite to Madera and Fresno Counties.
An exhibit of this artwork was held in San Francisco earlier this August at AECOM on the San Francisco Embarcadero. On August 29, 2010, another posh event featuring the exhibit will take place at California Art Institute in the Fresno Tower District.
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Bridget Fithian of the SFC says, “As a gardener myself, this collection inspires me to look to Nature as the ultimate landscape Architect and seek ways to emulate and learn from nature’s design in my own garden. In the paintings, we can see the relationships of plant communities. The Sierra Foothill Conservancy Plein Air Collection reflects the seasonal changes of the foothills. In just one of the many aspects of this collection, the viewer will observe the transitions in the Blue Oak Woodland in the paintings: from the twisting skeleton frames of winter, to lime green new growth, to the dusty blue of summer’s maturity, then the golden draped bows of the fall.”
Our natural Foothill ‘landscaping’ Photo by Sue Langley
If you like California natives in your garden, you may want to join one of the events sponsored by the SFC. You’ll get a chance to see these native plants in their own pristine, natural environment. Each year they organize classes, hikes and other special events such as this art exhibit.
Towering Oaks along Hwy 41 Photo by Sue Langley
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