DOOR COUNTY - Dozens of professional artists are taking to the great outdoors this week in Door County.
It's all part of the annual Plein Air Festival. It's a celebration of art, and nature.
It's also a major fundraiser for the Peninsula School of Art.
Forty professional artists from around the country and as far away as Mexico have been invited to put brush to canvas this week in Door County.
"Plein Air is a French term, which means to paint in open air," said Jerry Points, featured artist.
Points took a break from his Indianapolis studio.
"Working on pastel today, worked on oil yesterday. There's a great subject with the flowers, the positive negative shapes. The light against the dark," said Points.
Nine featured artists used the Edgewood Orchard Galleries near Fish Creek on Tuesday as inspiration.
"Door County is known for its natural beauty, so it's really a perfect fit. It's about chasing the light. The same scene in the morning looks completely different in the evening. It's that ability to capture that one particular moment in time," said Cathy Hoke, Peninsula School of Art executive director.
Chuck Dare is an amateur artist.
"I've done a little bit myself," said Chuck Dare, Fish Creek amateur artist.
He says the pros make it look easy.
"You don't recognize the difficulties that go along with it. The bugs, the insects, the rain," said Dare.
"The artists are very generous in sharing their knowledge as people watch," said Hoke.
"They want to know what you're doing, and how you go about it. You just get used to, accustomed to, for the most part painting and talking at the same time," said Points.
"I think a lot of people are motivated to pursue a little bit of art. Maybe just give it a try out, see it they enjoy it or not," said Dare.
"I think people actually do learn. Whether they're a collector, or aspiring artist, a lot about the art form," said Hoke.
Whether it's a flower in bloom - "hopefully it will be interesting when I finish," said Points - or a 1950 Chevrolet, artists at the festival say painting in the great outdoors is hard to beat.
You can buy the artists' work at two events this weekend. The Peninsula School of Art hopes to raise about $800,000 from the festival.
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