Plein Air painting in Amana, Iowa

A Premier Iowa Art Event:
FRESH PAINT 2011 Brings Artists to Amana for Painting, Awards and Exhibition
Bold, painterly strokes and luminous colors will define the brilliance of the artists at the fourth annual FRESH PAINT-The Plein Air Art Festival at Catiri’s in Amana, Iowa.

FRESH PAINT to be held Labor Day Weekend, September 2 – 4, 2011, combines the strengths of the talented artisans of the Midwest with Iowa’s incredible scenery to produce the most collaborative and comprehensive event in the region.

FRESH PAINT is in keeping with Iowa’s place in 20th century American art taking a cue from Grant Wood, an Iowa artist who created the “American Gothic”, the  second most recognizable piece of art in the world, second only to DiVinci’s, “Mona Lisa”.   He inspired a community of artists in the early 1900’s, establishing that period’s regionalism, and he came to Amana and painted plein air.  He often ate at the Amana communal kitchens and frequently set up his easel outside to paint quick, impressionistic, plein air oil sketches. In these, Wood celebrated the rich color of Amana sandstone and the lush foliage of Amana gardens.
Since then many artists have seen the Amana Colonies as a place to be inspired by the subtleties of  Midwestern landscape.  The Amana Colonies offer stunning vistas, open sky, rolling pastoral scenes, along with 150-year-old brick and sandstone homes.   Catiri’s Art Oasis has created FRESH PAINT to build upon the Amanas heritage and the traditions of Iowa and Midwestern regionalism.

A new and extremely exciting addition to this year’s competition is a “Purchase Award”  for the Ronneburg Castle in Germany! The Ronneburg castle near Frankfurt, Germany,  is at the heart of Amana’s history serving as a retreat and administrative center for the Inspirationist community from 1715-1832.   In celebration of the castle’s 775th anniversary one painting will be purchased for long term exhibition at the castle. “Imagine that on your resume!” exclaimed Catiri.  A painting that best exemplifies and renders the spirit of the Amana Colonies will be selected by a  patron’s committee for the award.

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