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Easels out at Mandurah as artists capture character
More than 150 artists from around Australia and overseas will descend on Mandurah from September 25 to 27.
Artist Andy Dolphin painting at Pinjarra.
The painters will set up their easels around the Mandurah Ocean Marina, cultural precinct, and the historic town of Pinjarra as part of leading Australian outdoor painting festival Plein Air Down Under.
More than 400 works of art will be created over the weekend, with at least 200 of these for sale at three exhibitions rolled into one, at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
The exhibitions show the growth of artists with a Youth Exhibition showing works from younger artists, paintings created over the three days of Plein Air Down Under in a Festival Art Exhibition, and a Feature Artist Exhibition.
Top, Leon Holmes draws a crowd, bottom left Herman Pekel and Lyn Diefenbach.
More than 20 paintings will be displayed for sale at the Feature Artist Exhibition from respected national artists Herman Pekel (Vic), Lyn Diefenbach (Qld), and Leon Holmes (WA), from September 11 to October 10 at the Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery as part of the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
The centre is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and on weekends when there are events: Sunday, September 12 from 9am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26 from 4pm to 8.30pm; the Monday, September 27 public holiday from 4pm to 8.30pm; Saturday, October 9 from 1pm to 8.30pm; and Sunday, October 10, from 1pm to 4.30pm.
A Herman Pekel landscape.
The Festival Art Exhibition features "wet art" created on each day of the festival and hung even before the paint has dried on many of the works.
These works will be competing for more than $8000 in awards and prizes which is attracting many professional and career artists.
Many of the works will be for sale with prices for Plein Air Down Under festival weekend artworks likely to range from $80 to $2500.
Visitors and painters of all ages are welcome.
The exhibition will feature all styles of painting from impressionism to abstract in mediums including everything from oil, watercolour, and pastel to fabric collage.
An 'en plein air' art exhibition, featuring artworks by the Mandurah Plein Air Artists, will also be held at the Pinjarra Court House from September 1 to 27.
En plein air is a French expression meaning "in the open air" referring to the style of painting outdoors to capture a moment in time.
A host of activities will be held in the lead up to the festival.
World Wide Paint Out on September 11 and 12 in the Mandurah Cultural Precinct is part of an international celebration of the plein air movement.
Watercolour Master Class, en plein air, with feature artist Herman Pekel will be held on September 22, 23 and 24.
He will also hold an Oil Painting Master Class studio on September 28 and 29.
Pekel is concerned about environmental issues and his love of landscape is reflected in almost everything he paints.
Art on sale at Pinjarra.
He exhibits regularly in the USA and his works are featured in the books Australian Impressionist and Realist Artists compiled by Tom Roberts, 120 Years of Watercolourists, by the Australian Realist Artists, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand by Max Germaine and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
A Pastel Master Class, en plein air, with feature artist Lyn Diefenbach will be held on September 23 and 24.
Diefenbach is a respected and sought-after tutor, teaching internationally and across Australia.
She was accepted into the International Guild of Realism in 2008 and holds Master Pastellist status with the Pastel Society of Australia as well as Eminent Pastellist status in the International Association of Pastel Societies in 2019, where she achieved Master Circle status in 2014.
In 2016, Lyn was accepted into the Pastel Society of America as a Signature Member. She has been featured numerous times in the International Artist, Pastel Journal and Australian Artist magazines.
Winter Waves by Leon Holmes.
An Oil Painting Master Class, en plein air, with feature artist Leon Holmes will be held on September 23 and 24.
Holmes is a co-founder of Plein Air Down Under, is a Mandurah resident, and award-winning artist, lecturer, and ambassador of plein air oil painting.
There will also be meet and greets with feature artists, demonstrations, a day painting in historical Pinjarra and a Plein Air for Beginners Class.
Although the festival and exhibition is free for spectators and art collectors, there is a cost to paint and be eligible for awards, prizes and exhibition opportunities.
Painter Lulu having fun at Mandurah.
It is $60 for adults and $10 for youth aged 18 and under with early bird registrations closing at the end of July.
Visitors and Mandurah locals are invited to come and paint or come and watch the artists at work and meet them and buy paintings straight off the easel.
Holmes says "putting art on your walls brings a soul into your house".
The festival is proudly supported by Peel Development Commission, City of Mandurah and Community Bank Halls Head.