Plein air

Elaine Perry of Bloomfield often purchases plein air paintings and displays them in her home. The above painting shows a Davis County scene through the eyes of a plein air artist.

Paintings on sale from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Between 15 and 20 artists will be scattered around Davis County Saturday as they participate in the Spectrum Center for the Arts Plein Air Painting event.

Organizer Deb Baughman said the artists are being given a list of potential scenes including the Bloomfield Square, Troy Academy, Lake Fisher, Lake Wapello, farm scenes, and historical buildings.

“However, you never know what scene they’ll pick,” she said.

The artists will return to the Kay Burchette Cultural Center on the east side of the square when finished and frame their paintings.

David Kraemer, high school art teacher at Fairfield High School will judge the artworks with first place winning $325, second place $225, and third place $175.

The paintings will be on display in the Cultural Center from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday for the public to view and purchase. Social-distancing measures will be taken and masks are suggested.

For those who prefer not to attend in person, photos of the paintings along with prices will be posted on the Davis County Fine Arts Council’s Facebook page. To purchase a painting, contact either Deb Baughman at 641-208-1244 or Lyle Stirling at 641-208-6012.

Sponsors and donors for the show are Elaine Perry, Van Mersbergen Insurance, First Iowa State Bank, Judy Combs, Nancy Proctor, Marilyn and Bruce Piper, Eric Piper, and Andi Bogert.

The Art Show and Sale will occur simultaneously with a “Soup to Go” carryout meal in the Cultural Center. Chili and one other soup will be offered along with desserts. Proceeds from the meal go toward sponsorship of Spectrum Center events.