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Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Fall 2009 Plein Air Paintout

Posted on Saturday, September 12th, 2009

The fun of combining twenty talented plein air artists with the beauty of the Scotchmans Wilderness is returning this year to Hope, Idaho, at Kally Thurman’s Outskirts Gallery, located in the Hope Market Cafe adjacent to the post office.

The artists will begin arriving on Friday September 18th, and will fan out to their favorite wilderness viewpoints, including sites near Heron, MT, Bull Lake, the Ross Creek drainage, and Little Spar.

On Saturday and Sunday, September 19th and 20th, the Hope Market Café will host an open house (FREE) to the public with the artists showing their freshly painted work from 2-6 PM each day.

On Sunday at 3PM, the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness will present a Purchase Award for the “Best of Show” painting. Prizes will also be given for 2nd and 3rd place. Gourmet pizza, and other food and beverages will be for sale at the Hope Market Café.

For more information, call Kally Thurman at the Outskirts Gallery at (208) 264-5696.

(Photos shown are from the Extreme Plein Air event held in July 2009. Click on any photo for a larger view.)

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Extreme Plein Air Art 2009

Posted on Saturday, August 1st, 2009

In 1871 Thomas Moran entered the Yellowstone wilderness and opened the eyes of the American public to the grandeur of the Rocky Mountain West.

In July 2009 two painters and a poet learning to paint took their art to the wild side of the Cabinet Mountains, where they spent a recent weekend in the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness on a hike organized by Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness (FSPW).

Aaron Johnson of Moscow, Idaho, Jared Shear of Thompson Falls, Montana and Victor Vosen of Heron, Montana went for four days and three nights with hike leader Sandy Compton into the Little Spar Lake area, “and beyond,” as Compton characterized the hike. During the hike, Johnson and Shear, both accomplished painters, and neophyte Vosen produced several dozen watercolors of the dramatic terrain of the interior Scotchman Peaks. They also gathered materials for many more works.

“There is enough there for a lifetime of painting,” Johnson said. “This trip was one of the best experiences of my life.”

The Extreme Plein Air grew out of a similar, tamer event in Fall, 2008, when a number of painters put their skills to work capturing the Scotchmans from the outside. Several painters expressed their desire to Compton and FSPW chair Phil Hough to get “up close and personal” with the Scotchman Peaks. The culmination of the idea came about July 17 through 20 with a backpacking trip that took the painters and Compton into the Ross Creek and Blue Creek drainages just south of Little Spar Lake — a remote and rugged area that Compton calls “The Heart of the Scotchmans.”

“These young men are serious about their art,” Compton said. “They packed all they needed for four days and three nights —and then put their art supplies in on top of that. Then, they spent hours capturing the places we saw and camped in. I’ll be very interested to see the framed results.”

Johnson and Shear will be display their work from this trip at the Timber Stand Gallery at Third and Cedar in Sandpoint on Friday, August 7. An artists’ reception from 5 to 8 pm will feature hors d’oeuvres, beverages and a chance to talk to the artists and other friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

You can check out the artists’ websites here:

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“This will be a good opportunity to learn more about the Scotchman Peaks, as well as take a look at some great art,” said FSPW volunteer Neil Wimberley, primary organizer of the Extreme Plein Air. “And, coming up in the fall,” he added, “we have another plein air planned, a reprise of last year’s. A larger gathering of artists will be doing a “paint out” concentrated on the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. They’ll display their fresh work on Saturday and Sunday, September 19th and 20th, at Kally Thurman’s Outskirts Gallery at the Hope Market Cafe.”

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