Local scenery is inspiring a week of creativity as Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens celebrates the 15th Annual Winter Park Paint Out, April 23-29.
A total of 24 professional artists are setting up their easels, in the sculpture gardens and around the city, to capture landscapes “en plein air” – a painting style that uses only natural light and represents colors exactly as they appear.
According to Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Executive Director Debbie Komanski, it is common for plein air festivals to happen in remote, rural areas; however, the patrons can’t usually get access to the artists. “As part of our festival, we host events at the museum where guests can interact with the artists,” she said.
The museum also offers free admission throughout the festival and helps attending out-of-town artist find local accommodations by connecting them with a network of volunteers willing to open their homes as hosts.
While there is no shortage of suitable subject mater, the weather is not cooperating as rain is predicted for much of the week. But overcoming challenges is part of the creative process.
“Flowers can still pop when it’s overcast,” said Winter Park-based artist Stacy Barter as she painted in the sculpture garden on the morning of Monday, April 24. “You need to find something bright when there’s no sun.”
As Barter was compensating for the lack of sunlight, fellow artist Trish Vevera was embracing it. “I came out yesterday to choose a few shaded areas,” she said as she painted a lakeside scene. “I’ve got another area picked out for when the sun is higher this afternoon, but that might not be a problem.” The prospect of painting in the rain did not dissuade her. “There are some downtown garages where I can stay under cover and get a nice view, so I might check one of those out.”
As paintings are completed, they will be dropped off and displayed in the Albin Polasek Museum gallery. All artwork created during the week will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds going to support the museum.
For more information on painting demonstrations and other scheduled events, go to WinterParkPaintOut.org.