â€˜Plein airâ€™ art exhibit on display at the library
‘Plein air’ art exhibit on display at the library
The Conanicut Island Art Association is sponsoring an exhibit at the Jamestown library of the work of Evelyn Thistle Rhodes and her students.
Each spring and fall for more than two decades Rhodes has been conducting artists’ workshops in southern Rhode Island. She translates the phrase ‘plein air’ as “in full air” or “in the open air.” “We are at the mercy of the weather,” she says. “Students struggle with wind, fog, burning sun, and sometimes sidewalk critics!”
The works include oil, watercolor, and pastel landscapes painted on location. Many of the scenes will be familiar: Beavertail Lighthouse, Wickford Harbor, Second Beach, Hanging Rock, Casey Farm, Neale Farm, the windmill, Ft. Getty, Marsh Meadows, Watson Farm, and Ft. Wetherill, which is painted so often that Rhodes calls the site “Motif #3.”
Exhibitors are Angela Vars of Newport; Don Armington, Emily Boenning, Whit Brown, Maryanne England, Eleanor Gravdahl, Katherine Grimes, John H. Howard, Barbara Hutchison, Judy Knight, Elizabeth Purdum, all of Jamestown; Wanda P. Corderre and Elizabeth Dees of Portsmouth; Bruce Forseman, Pam Neal and Carole Stone of Wickford; Claire Marshak, North Kingston; C.K. Moore, Middletown; Anne Page, Little Compton; Carole Shelton, East Greenwich; and Tim Staley, Narragansett.
The exhibit runs through Feb. 14.