Plein Air event brings fresh perspective to Richmond through paint

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A unique event is wrapping up Sunday night in Richmond. Artists from across the country spent their time capturing the beauty of the River City for Plein Air Richmond.

Plein air means “open air” in French, and outside is where these 30 artists have been creating their masterpieces over the past week across the city.

8News spoke with Loryn Brazier, who organized the event.

“They are pretty well-known plein air painters. they do a lot of plein air painting. They are brought in and the works are judged,” Brazier said.

There was a fast-paced painting competition, a public art sale and an awards event.

Artists spent their days at places such as the Tuckahoe Plantation, the Fan, Church Hill and Belle Isle, among other spots.

“People found artists all over the place and they would stop and talk to them,” Brazier said. “Some of them watched the entire time they painted.”

The art show Sunday included oil paintings and watercolors of all shapes, sizes and prices. Artist Tom Lynch said there is always something new and fresh to paint.

Artist Tom Lynch said there is always something new and fresh to paint.

“The beauty of this event is the scenery,” Lynch said. “Plein air painting is a critical part of being a complete artist, so time spent live in front of the scene painting, for me, is getting back to the basics.”

Several of the artists were hosted by families for the week.

A portion of the proceeds went to the Richmond SPCA.

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