Plein air, a French phrase, literally translates as 'open air', and is defined as painting or drawing done outside, in the open air. These works were taken directly from nature, and infused with a feeling of the open air.
We have hosted a lot of events at The Flower Tree over the last 12 years, but I don’t think any have ever come together smoother or quicker than the Plein Air event we had today. We had been trying to come up with an art event that would help us fill the coffers of the scholarship fund that we set up in memory of our dear friend Linny Moore who passed away last winter. While we have been adding to the account from the sale of her artwork in the gift shop, we were hoping to increase it enough to be able to offer three scholarships for local art students this next spring semester. Enter the idea for "Playin' at Plein Air" at The Flower Tree. With only two weeks to put this together because of the rapidly advancing cool weather, we looked to a group of local artists from Fallon and Fernley to help us. With their assistance and participation, I am extremely happy to say, we have met our goal. With only TWO HOURS to set up and create their vision I think you will agree, there was some amazing talent represented. A vast spectrum of medias - everything from pastels, oils, watercolor, mixed media, glass, acrylics to...yes….gun powder art. The best part, we all agreed - Linny would have loved the day. We would all like to thank everyone that came out and enjoyed the warm afternoon and generously bid on the artwork. Take a view of the day below, and please…please… make plans to attend next season’s event when we capture spring at the nursery.