Impressions of Pittsburgh

Artists from across the country will take to the city streets with brushes and canvases this week to paint ‘en plein air.’

Photo courtesy of Plein Air Mt. Lebanon


Painters from around the nation will descend upon Mt. Lebanon this week to take part in the second annual Plein Air Mt. Lebanon Arts Festival (taken from the French: en plein air, meaning “in the open air”).

For most of the festivities, artists will paint what they see in Mt. Lebanon, but for one day, they’ll branch out into other city neighborhoods. This is painting in its purest form: Plein air painting is done on location, capturing the atmosphere of the moment. The majority of the painting must be completed on site with little to no work to be done in the studio.

Participants will compete for a $3,000 prize, which will be announced at the preview party and exhibition opening Friday in the Mt. Lebanon municipal building. Click here for more information.


Photo via Flickr


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