CORVALLIS, Ore. - A new exhibit at Oregon State University's Giustina Gallery will celebrate the joys of painting outdoors with the "Every Day Taste of Plein Air" exhibit taking place June 2 through July 17 in The LaSells Stewart Center.

A reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 10 at the gallery. Prior to the event, a paint-out will be held on the Corvallis waterfront at Northwest 1st St and Monroe Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., where observers can watch "plein air" artists in action. The paintings created during the event will be displayed at the gallery as well.

Painting en plein air was first popularized by Impressionist Claude Monet, who painted directly from the outdoors. The exhibit at OSU features a hand-selected list of 17 West Coast artists including Eric Bowman, Laurel Buchanan, Bets Cole, Anton Pavlenko, Aimee Erickson, Scott Gellatly, Michael Gibbons, Eric Jacobsen, Marianne Post, Michael Rangner, Ken Roth, Erik Sandgren, Sarah Sedwick, Bill Shumway, Oleg Ulitskiy, Yer Za Vue and Paul Zegers.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to experience and support these regional artists and their modern works of en plein air." said Tina Green-Price, curator for Giustina Gallery. "In hosting this art exhibit of such prestige I look forward to viewing the beauty and talent produced by these artists."

Participating artist Michael Rangner explained why he enjoys painting en plein air.

"Painting outdoors allows my senses to experience the full spectrum of color, light and values," Rangner said. "I love that nature presents a platform of motifs to guide my own feelings for design and composition."

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