Plein Air Show

On display August 23 – September 30, 2022

This collection of works was created in Central Gardens and outdoors by Midwest artists. Most of the art was created just recently on August 20, 2022 during our Artist Paint Out in the Central Gardens of North Iowa.


What is Plein Air?

“En plein air” is French for “in open air” and refers to the act of painting or creating art outside with the artwork’s subject in plain view of the artist. With the invention of more portable art-making materials, plein air painting grew in popularity and is fairly accessible for professionals and novices alike.

Nearly any medium can be used to create art outside with enough dedication, however there are more popular mediums. Pastels, Oil Pastels, Pencil, Watercolor, Acrylic, and Gouache are common due to their ability to dry quickly and have fewer chemicals to transport and materials to clean. Some artists will still paint with oils or other mediums as well.


Exhibiting Artists

Alexis Beucler

Tiffany Bucknell

Tom Christopher

Erin Fortin

Carol Franta

Jennifer Franta

Danna Fruetel

Audrey Olmstead

Mariah Piippo

Abraham Quintus

Sandra Quintus


This exhibition was made possible by the Hanson Family and Central Gardens of North Iowa

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