New exhibit looks at the Canadian landscape “From Plein Air to Studio”

A breath of plein air – Scott Abbott of Guelph with his oil painting Milligan Island, at the Jan. 19 opening of From Plein Air to Studio: Explorations of the Canadian Landscape. The show, which continues at the Wellington County Museum until March 29, features initial outdoor paintings (known as plein air) and completed interpretations of the same scene.

The show features works in watercolour, acrylics, oils, silkscreen and even strips of stainless steel, by Joel Masewich, Laura Coutts, Barry Hodgson, Leslie Miles, Janet Ollers and Abbott. They are part of group that travels, paints and exhibits together.

Miles said working outdoors allows the natural light, weather and sounds to influence the art.

“We learn a lot from each other and are encouraged to take risks,” she said.