North Thompson Star/Journal
“Art adds to a community, attracts a core of people who are intelligent, creative and bring new ideas.,” says Barriere artist Margaret Houben, “They have a lot of energy, which is a really wonderful thing for a community to have.
She tells that Plein air painting developed in France in the mid 19th century and is becoming increasingly popular. This 18th WORLDWIDE group event hosted by International Plein Air Painters (IPAP) is happening simultaneously in international locations, including four in B.C. – Campbell River, Port Alberni, Texada Island, and right here in Barriere.
IPAP, has members who reside throughout the world, and is the blanket organization for individual plein air groups. IPAP was created for the sole purpose of advancing the execution and enjoyment of plein air painting without limitations of borders or regions.
“IPAP’s members are also quiet activists in the ongoing environmental struggle,” tells Houben, “They call attention to the threatened urban scene and the vanishing farmland for history. Its members share inspiration and encouragement both on the Internet and at “paint outs”. They encourage other artists to get out and do it, to paint with other artists and share ideas.”
She also notes, “Landscape painters will be invading Fadear Park in Barriere on Sept. 12. Artists from throughout the North Thompson Valley are invited to come out and join us for a day of painting in the park. Come for a few hours, or the whole day, whatever your schedule allows.”
Houben tells members of the public are also invited to “come and see what our local artists are doing.”
This year, due to the current pandemic, there will be no coffee available, nor will there be any art supplies made available.
Houben asks artists , “Please bring your own supplies, chairs, and paints, as well as a picnic lunch or other snacks to keep you going. The bandshell will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. This event is rain-or-shine – no excuses not to come! – if the weather turns out to be inclement, there’s lots of room on the stage for us to use and still maintain social distancing.”
Houben also notes there will be ‘canned music’, “If you like a particular variety, bring a CD and we can play it.”
“There is a joy about painting outdoors,” concluded Houben, “This is a chance for people to see artists at work, developing their paintings in response to the beauty in nature.”
For more information, please call Margaret Houben at 250-672-9330.