Morning Light Essex

Morning Light Essex, by Chris Leeper, is part of the Ohio Plein Air Society exhibition which begins later this month at the Mansfield Art Center.

MANSFIELD -- Nothing is more rewarding than painting outside.

That's the mantra of Larry Churski, a plein air artist for 38 years and the juror for this year’s Ohio Plein Air Society annual exhibition at the Mansfield Art Center. The Mansfield Art Center will open its doors on June 23 and the exhibition will open on June 28 and end on July 26. 

The exhibition is showing 135 plein air paintings, the work of 39 plein air artists from Ohio. The paintings are representative of many different mediums; oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic and gouache.

“It has been a challenge judging this show, so many wonderful and deserving pieces and never enough awards,” Churski said. “Many things were taken into consideration, design, values, color, drawing, and craftsmanship.”

It is also notable that all paintings are for sale.

“The term plein air comes from the French word for 'outside.' It is a way to capture on canvas the beauty of nature such as forests, mountains and streams as well as capturing city scapes and people in their daily lives, one must work quickly as the elements in nature do change such as light,” according to George Whitten, Executive Director of the Mansfield Art Center.

“Plein air ties in with health and well-being which is why it is an appealing show for Ohio Health to sponsor,” said Susan Gentille, Marketing/Development Director for the Mansfield Art Center.

"It is a way to create that has been adapted by thousands of people across the country due to the refreshing appeal of being outside and one with nature.”

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, three will not be the usual artists’ reception. Please note that all entering the art center will be required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

The Mansfield Art Center is located at 700 Marion Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio. Visit for updates on classes and events.

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