Artists put Frankfort to canvas in 'plein air' painting workshops

By BESS HINSON State Journal Staff Writer Published:

They arrive at their work sites with painting tools in hand. But the tools aren't the rollers and paint buckets typical of summertime spruce up work.

Instead, these are artists and oil paints and watercolors fill their tool boxes as mediums to paint the town on to canvas.

Frankfort buildings and landscapes now have personal portraitists courtesy of "Paint The Town," a program sponsored by the Capital City Art Guild.

Seated on rock ledges or standing beneath shady tree cover, these artists have painted at the Kentucky Capitol, Elkhorn Creek and the Old Capitol since last April. Sites rotate each month.

While seated on St. Clair Mall, Guild Vice President Carol Combs said a man approached her to say her art "was the best use of the mall since it was built."

It is the program's intent to showcase ordinary landmarks, like the mall, for their unique mark on Frankfort.

Combs, who suggested the program, said she has traveled out of the country for plein air (outdoor) watercolor workshops and wanted to continue it at home.

"Why do I have to leave the country when there are so many beautiful sites in Frankfort?" Combs said.

The artists are painting this month in the gardens at Liberty Hall, rich with flower blooms and dewy grass. The sessions begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Guild President Sallie Lanham said adults and children with any level of painting experience can participate in the free sessions open to the public.

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