Artists will paint en plein air at the 10th Annual Alberni Valley Painting

Artists are once again invited to paint lake views, petroglyphs, creek scenes and more at the 10th annual Alberni Valley Painting.

DRAW Gallery organizer Astrid Johnston hopes to attract artists of all skills and mediums to Paint Out on September 10-11. The event will be held in conjunction with the International Plein Air Painters, an organization hosting the 20th annual Great Worldwide Paint Out the same weekend, and Johnston hopes to broaden the spectrum of opportunities for artists to work together in beautiful settings. local.

Last year, Johnston invited all artists from Port Alberni and beyond to share their passion for art while creating unique works.

“We had great turnout during last year’s Alberni Valley participation in the International Plein Air Painters Worldwide Paint Out,” Johnston said.

On Saturday, September 10, artists will be painting at Sproat Lake Provincial Park at various locations. The next day you will find them along the Inlet waterfront. The finale will include an exhibition of the weekend’s work and a reception at the Starboard Grill at Harbor Quay. The public is invited to see the works and meet the artists on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Audiences can also join in the fun by watching individual artists at work from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout both days.

“There’s a joy to painting outdoors and it’s a chance for people to see professional artists at work, developing their paintings in response to the beauty of nature,” Johnston said. “This event is happening simultaneously in Canada and abroad as well. I hope to share the rugged beauty of the Alberni Valley with a wider audience through the talent of its artists.

Johnston will participate herself, along with artists from Qualicum, Errington, Nanaimo and other locations. A guest artist may include professional plein air painter DF Gray, whose work can be seen in New York and in Plein Air Magazine.

“Painting outdoors is a direct response to the beauty we find in nature,” Johnston said. “I enjoy the challenge of drawing from life, it helps me look at inanimate objects with the same appreciation as a figure. A mountain can take on the appearance of a human face or a tree will have the gesture and the grace of a dancer.

The event is open to all levels of painters and beginners are encouraged to attend to paint and learn from the professionals.

Contact Astrid Johnston at 250-724-2056 or if you are interested in participating. Visit for more information. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

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