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Sandusky Art Walks continue en plein air

Morgan Addington-Hodge • May 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

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WHAT: Sandusky Art Walk: Plein Aire

WHEN: Thursday, August 4 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Sandusky

COST: Free

Every first Thursday for the past three months from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. local artists have set up shop in downtown Sandusky and turned it into a free outdoor art gallery. When imagining an art gallery one might think of walking around a warehouse, wine in hand, viewing photographs or paintings while smooth jazz plays in the background.

Except for the paintings and photos that doesn’t describe the Art Walk at all. It’s a super family friendly event with something for every age group. You can just wander the streets of downtown or use the map to find specific stands (get the August map here).

To get an idea of what the event is actually like we’ve included video of the goings on at the July Art Walk, when the theme was “Family Chalk Walk.” There was face painting, free caricatures, live performances and more. Attendees could even make their own artwork with sidewalk chalk that was available for free at the event. Along with the video you can check out photos from the event here.

If you’re thinking that you missed the perfect event for you don’t worry, there are still five Art Walks left, and this Thursday’s is shaping up to be one you won’t want to miss.

The August art walk will feature artists painting “en plein air” a French expression meaning “in the open air.” Painters such as Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir made this form of painting popular. They wanted to portray everyday subjects and scenes in varied lighting conditions with great accuracy and believed in working under natural light to achieve the desired effects.

So if you haven’t guessed yet, at this particular event you’ll be able to watch masterpieces being made from start to finish, right before your eyes. Many of the over 50 artists at the Art Walk will be practicing their plein aire painting, and they won’t be the only ones. Any and everyone is invited to bring painting supplies and try out the technique.

My one big tip for if you head down to the Art Walk is to make sure to bring your checkbook, you might just find that perfect piece you’ve been looking for to hang in the living room.

Can’t make this Thursday? There will be four more art walks on September 1, October 6, November 3 and December 1.

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