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Art camps continue at OMFA

July 5, 2014

By Stephanie Salmons, Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.

July 05--The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art will continue its free summer camp series this month, taking art outdoors.

An announcement from the museum states students will explore the French tradition of painting outdoors, or en plein air painting.

The second of three camps offered by the museum, "In the Open Air," is scheduled July 15 to 18 for children ages 6 to 15. Budding artists will get instructions in watercolor, acrylic and pastel painting in camps led by local artists and educators.

Classes will take place on the lawn of the John Hampden Smith House, 901 Frederica St., and in Ryan Sculpture Park.

Museum Director Mary Bryan Hood said the camps are "thematically related" to the museum's current or forthcoming exhibits and designed to interpret the exhibits to "further educational value of the camp for the children."

The art museum will host an en plein air event in September, the Buffalo Paint-Out competition.

En plein air, Hood said, is a tradition from the past that has become popular all over the world.

Outdoor painting events are just a "quick expression of what you're seeing," said Hood.

The style offers "a little perspective of what we view" and the painting style is embraced by many professional artists, she said.

According to Hood, approximately half of the camp's spots are reserved for participants from community service organizations before the remaining tickets are open to the general public.

Selected works from the camp will be chosen for display in the museum's Waymond O. Morris Young At Art Gallery and exhibited through Aug. 15.

According to the announcement, morning camp sessions are scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. for children ages 6 to 9, while afternoon sessions are 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 10 to 15.

The free camp program, sponsored by Owensboro Grain Company, is now in its ninth season. The next 2014 camp, "Puzzling Public Sculpture," is Oct. 7 to 10 and runs in conjunction of the RiverArtes exhibition.

To register for "In the Open Air," call the museum at 270-685-3181 or email

Stephanie Salmons


Twitter: @StephReports


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