08 Buhl Plein Air Paintout
The reception on the 7th of June told me that this was a much better year for celebrating the town of Buhl, and its beauty; than last year. This plein air paintout is small, but the painters are loyal. This year I met up again with Jineen Griffith, Deanna Schrell, Gertrude Hudson, Jane Hulsey, Joyce DeFord, and one of the founders of the Plein Air Painters of Idaho — Tricia May. It was a pleasure to visit with the die-hards of our endevour. Kelly Hart, the former director of the Buhl Arts Council, developed the show in a elegant manner. I say this because when I walked into the 8th Street Center, that houses the show I could here a jazz rendition of Nat King Cole’s “Nature Boy”… my second favorite song. The nature in which she hung the artwork for the show was great too. Below is a better picture of the building called “8th Street Center”…
This building has some of the best acoustics in all of Idaho! Below is a selection of paintings from the show, and why I liked them.
This is a still life by Tricia May. It wins my “still life award”. I love the way the lite-green color shoots through the glass vase in a prism like manner. That green curves!
Jane Hulsey did this wonderful small board rendition of the Snake River from Miracle Hot Springs. It wins my “best sky award”, not because of the sky, but because of how it is expressed in the reflections in the river.
Jineen Griffith did this even smaller board rendition of the same motif. This was the paintout location the first day. This painting wins my “Most 3 dimensional award”. Since I do not see in 3d like you do, I really appreciate it when a painter goes the extra mile to paint in a 3 dimensional manner. From 30 feet away this 7×9 painting just pops out as clear as day.
Deanna Schrell surprised me with this large format painting of Sawtooth Lake. It wins my “Place I want to be award”. I want to be in the lush green forest on the other side of the lake. Is there an Elk there?
Fred Choate also presented this large format rendition of Shoshone Falls in the Twin Falls area. The deal with this painting is, according to Fred, is the first time he feels he has painted this motif with justice. I was there interpreting his painting while he was painting it. He kept telling me about when he was a kid and would explore every nook and cranny of this waterfall and the associated hydropower dam. Below the dam, and just above the waterfall, apparantly he used to pop his head up from the concrete crawl space used in dam maintenance; in the middle of the freaking river. Yes he stood up in the middle of the river, just above the waterfall, and viewed all of God’s glory. Lucky kid, obviously he is very intimate with this motif. It wins my “best waterfall award”!
Of course, I had to get in the act with my rendition of the Ramona Theater. On the last day the plein air paintout focuses on the Architecture of downtown Buhl. This one wins my “Best Architecture award”. This is only the second building I have ever painted in Oil, so I am proud of it. Maybe I will do more in the future.
Most of the painters in this show had around 7 paintings. Usually 6 plein air renditions and one studio painting, on average. Except for the contrarion who happens to be me, I just had the one plein air painting. Next year I hope to put more in the show, via being there for all 3 days.
All these paintings, and more, are available for viewing and purchase at the 8th Street Center in Buhl, Idaho. The Buhl Arts Council receives a percentage of each sale to support its programs. So if you want to help out arts in “small town Idaho” give them a call or visit. Both the Buhl Arts Council and the Eighth Street Center have websites.
Neither talk about the 8th street center’s grounds. Unique in Arts centers, present on the grounds is a stone laden — bark path — Labyrinth. Below is a picture of the Labyrinth with Fred Choate lost inside its tentacles.
If you ever visit Buhl, you ought to explore this Labyrinth.