Friday, October 17, 2014
AVALON, CATALINA ISLAND – We introduced you last week to four of the plein air painters who will be featured at the Catalina Island Conservancy’s Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale on Oct. 26. This week, we would like to you to meet four more artists.
Each will be among the 10 plein air painters who have spent considerable time on Catalina capturing the Island’s conservation in their works. All are plein air artists, which is a French term that translates as “in the open air.” It means these artists paint nature while they are in nature.
The Conservancy has been sponsoring the art show and sale since 2011, and proceeds from the sales of the artwork benefit the Conservancy, including establishing a permanent collection of plein air art that can be seen at the Nature Center in Avalon.
Among the artists participating in Catalina: The Wild Side this year is Andy Evansen, who first joined the show in 2012 and has been a part of it ever since. He began painting watercolors in the mid-1990s. He served as president of the Minnesota Watercolor Society from 2004 to 2006 and teaches workshops around the United States.
“There is such a beautiful quality to the light on Catalina, and I’m always aware of the island’s unique history as well, he said. “Participating in Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show is such an honor for me.”