Thursday, January 31, 2013

Plein Air

Plein Air painting is characterized by painting "on location" outdoors in the open air. Both a challenging and rewarding activity, Plein Air painting has been a popular activity in the Western World for over 150 years. I imagine it has been popular in China and Japan for much longer.
Metal tubes for oil paint were introduced in the mid-1800's in Europe, enabling artists to venture into the countryside with a lightweight outfit. The French Barbizon painters were one of the first groups to paint together "En Plein Air." They were followed closely by the Impressionists. Meanwhile, John Constable and others in England were establishing the tradition there.
Today, Plein Air groups abound everywhere.
One of our neighboring groups will be featured during February in  the Fayetteville Underground gallery in an exhibition entitled:

"Follow the Light"
Visiting artists for February:

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

All the Undergroundhogs will be crawling out soon to prepare a memorable show for February. Led by our featured artist, Ed Pennebaker, whose glass work will be seen in a specially prepared environment, the artists have gathered a new body of work for exhibit.
Plein Air Painters of Eureka Springs (PAPES) are the visiting artists for February, and we're excited about the variety their art will bring to the Underground.

Chandelier #581  by Ed Pennebaker

Monday, January 21, 2013

looking ahead

The Old Men Telling Lies will wrap up this Saturday with Jan Gosnell's talk at 11 AM. We are yielding the podium in February to some of our women, who are much, much younger and beautifuller, also. Susy Siegele will be demonstrating the building of ceramic pieces on February 2nd.
The First Thursday event in February will have several surprises. Look for Ed Pennebaker as featured artist. Plein Air painters of Eureka Springs, a very talented group, will be our Visiting Artists, and gallery artists will be presenting a new batch of work.

Showing right now at Fayetteville Underground, this painting by David Bachman

Old Men Telling Lies

It's been an intense year for the Fayetteville Underground, which has survived the re-birthing process and begins to thrive in a new form in a new location. The association with artists and supporters has been a rewarding experience in many ways. As we move into the new year, we will be adding some new features.

We artists have a desire to explore how and why Art is important in everyone's life. This often takes the form of a personal and private exploration. However, some of our grey hairs have decided to share our insights on the topic.

In January, the series, "Old Men Telling Lies", will debut at Fayetteville Underground on Saturdays at 11:00 AM, and lasting about an hour. The coffee pot will be full. Everyone is invited to come see the sights and hear the tales about making art, looking at art, critique, value, and other things. MM Kent, Ed Pennebaker, Jan Gosnell, Hank Kaminsky and William Mayes Flanagan will provide the entertainment starting January 5th through 26th.
MM Kent will present a gallery talk on
Saturday, January 5th from 11am 'til 12:30pm.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Elegance of form. Craftsmanship unexcelled. Availability limited.
Find it at Fayetteville Underground!

A Teapot by Susy Siegele and Mike Haley
featured member artists for the Holiday Show.