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A 'plein air' painting by Winslow Homer.
A 'plein air' painting by Winslow Homer.

Morristown breathes 'plein air' to benefit library

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The village of Morristown has a long track record with "plein air" painting. Aclaimed artist Charles Chapman held classes in painting outdoors at his estate on the Morristown harbor in the 1930s and '40s.

This weekend, Morristown is tapping into those artistic roots for a Plein Air Festival. The event is a benefit for the Morristown Public Library.

Beginning Friday, 22 artists from across New York and the Northeast, and one from Ontario, will set up their easels at locations of their own choosing throughout the village.

David Sommerstein went to Morristown, overlooking the St. Lawrence River, with the skyline of Brockville, Ontario on the far shore, to speak with the festival's organizers and an artist who will be participating.

Bridget Whalen-Nevin is director of the Morristown Public Library and organizer of the festival. Maggie Whalen is a library board member. Local artist Kathy Kelly will be painting this weekend.

There's a book sale on Saturday, a meet and greet chicken BBQ Saturday at 6pm. Starting Sunday at noon, the paintings made by the artists during the Plein Air festival will be sold by silent auction.

All events and sales benefit the Morristown Public Library.

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A 'plein air' painting class at the Charles Chapman estate in Morristown in the 1930s. Photo courtesy Morristown Public Library.

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David Sommerstein
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