Plein Air Around the World

“Plein Air Around the World” Opens at Summit Artspace

Art and nature lovers need travel no farther than downtown Akron to enjoy beautiful scenery from Ohio, the United States, and many countries worldwide.

From June 27 through August 1, Summit Artspace Gallery is featuring an exhibition of landscapes created in plein air art by eight highly accomplished area artists – Dino Massaroni, Judith B. Carducci, Lawrence Churski, Judy Gaiser, Ann Ferguson Kah, Carolyn E. Lewis, Jack Liberman, and Patricia Rohrbacher.  The public is invited to a free meet-the-artists opening reception Friday, June 26 from 5 to 7 pm.

Massaroni, an award-winning artist specializing in portraiture, still life and plein air landscape painting, was invited by the gallery to be guest curator and assemble the show.  En plein air is a French term that means “in the open air.”  Painting en plein air refers to painting out-of-doors, a practice of landscape painters for five hundred years.  As a charter member of the Ohio Plein Air Society, Massaroni was able to enlist the participation of fellow plein air painters from Summit, Portage and Medina counties.

According to Massaroni, plein air painting is currently enjoying a revival in popularity in the United   States.  “It seems that Americans are in love with scenes of their familiar surroundings as well as depictions of far away lands,” he said.  “In this exhibition, the artists share diverse interpretations of intimate woodland areas, sweeping panoramas, and cozy street scenes.”  Massaroni will be giving a free, noontime tour and talk on the exhibition Thursday, July 2.  The public is welcome.

Along with Massaroni, Carducci and Lewis are professional portrait painters and together their clientele list reads like a who’s who of prominent regional and national portrait subjects. They teach plein air workshops throughout Italy, France and Greece. Liberman teaches at the CuyahogaValleyArtCenter.  Churski is a well-known illustrator/designer turned fine artist.  Gaiser is a retired art teacher and president of the Akron Society of Artists.  Artists Kah and Rohrbacher paint because it makes them happy and fulfilled.

Free Summit Artspace Events
Tour & Talk with Dino Massaroni
July 2, 12 pm-1 pm

Plein Air Plus Workshop with Patrick Dougherty
July 11, 1 pm-3 pm

Graffiti en Plein Air Workshop with The Mystery “Tagger”
August 1, 1 pm-3 pm


Show card artwork by Jack Liberman


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