Our small town of Markleeville is soon to be alive with artistic talent and it is yours for the taking.
This year the Markleeville Plein Air Event takes place from Tuesday to June 23. As the name implies, the artists will be starting with a clean canvas, color, and brushes, then go out-of-doors to transfer Alpine County's beauty into a masterpiece: while you watch. It is the only Plein Air Event in this area.
While most of us have seen artists at museums sketching a statue or object of interest, the artists working outside face the challenging factors of weather, especially the light that changes from moment to moment, which of course, changes the colors, shadows, and general appearance of the scene.
This event is advantageous for us spectators for another reason: Alpine county has multiple premiere locations for artists that are also adjacent to the road, so you can drive very close, park the car, and take a few steps to watch the artist.
As the final coup de grace, the art work will be framed and hung in Markleeville Art Gallery at 14841 Highway 89 on June 23, where all pieces will remain on display through July.
Here is a brief reiteration of the schedule:
Dates: Tuesday through June 23.
Tuesday: Artists begin with a meeting at the Markleeville Art Gallery at 8 a.m. Tuesday marks the second anniversary of Markleeville Art Gallery as well as the opening of the Plein Air Event.
Wednesday: Artists meet in Hope Valley at 8 am and again at noon at Sorensen's Resort.
Locations: Check with Evelyn Yonker, owner and artist of Markleeville Art Gallery, at (530) 694-2787, or on the website Markleevilleartgallery.com or come to the gallery for the most updated painting location of each artist.
Grand finale: on June 23, all artists will be painting in downtown Markleeville and the gallery is hosting a reception starting at noon for the public to meet the artists, see the framed works, and share light refreshments. All works will be available for sale.
Artists: The background and awards are too lengthy to cover completely, but I am sure that you will find several names of local and international renown.
Bonita Paulis: She explains her love of nature and art: "I strive to capture some of the beauty of this incredible natural world and share it in my work." Paulis is a regional representative of the Sierra Pastel Society.
Kit Night: Night loves to paint landscapes and still life. She created "Art in the Morning," an online email project that sends a new painting and her thoughts about the work, aiming for a moment of relaxation for all before the work day begins.
Debbie Gualco: An accomplished architect out of UC Berkeley, Gualco also founded Capital ArtWorks in midtown Sacramento where she teaches figure drawing and painting to many regional artists.
Ron Schlorff: He loves fishing almost as much as painting, and splits his time between Tucson and the Sierra.
Emma Auriemma: An accomplished architect in Los Angeles, she is now expanding to Reno and integrating her experiences and talents into projects of great artistry.