Art Stroll to feature Plein Air Project

PHILIPPI — Because of repeated requests to feature another Plein Air Project in the annual Philippi Main Street Art Stroll, the 2019 Art Stroll will do just that, according to a Main Street spokesperson. Sarah Ferguson, one of the 2017 Plein Air Project artists, has provided the view of the Philippi Covered Bridge in her 2017 entry for this year’s advertising.

This year’s rack card will feature Ferguson’s Philippi Covered Bridge on its front side. The back side of the card will have a map of participating businesses that have volunteered to be exhibit sites. The rack card will be distributed throughout the region advertising the Stroll which has become one of downtown Philippi’s best attended events. This year’s Art Stroll will be from 5 – 8 p.m. April 26 with an anticipated a large audience from the region strolling through downtown Philippi that evening.

Artists who wish to participate in the Plein Air Project are asked to contact Stemple or to see Main Street’s Facebook page for details about this year’s project. The Plein Air Project invites artists to set up their easels anywhere on Philippi’s Main Street from the town side of the Covered Bridge to The Market Place during the hours of sunrise/6:28 a.m. to sunset/8:08 p.m. April 26 and to paint their perspective’s of Main Street Philippi.

“En Plein Air” is a French expression meaning “in the open air” and refers to the act of painting outdoors with the artist’s subject in full view. The artist reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of painting. Plein Air projects have become popular events in many towns that feature art walks and strolls. The 2017 event in Philippi drew many curious people to watch the Plein Air artists paint their perspectives of downtown Philippi.

Additionally, artists of all mediums and genres are invited to exhibit in one of the participating downtown business locations. Artists are asked to contact Tammy Stemple, Main Street director, at 203-4573700, ext. 226 to express an interest in participating and to receive an assigned exhibit location. As the exhibit locations are filling up fast, artists are encouraged to contact Stemple soon.

“We hope to see lots of people downtown Philippi for this annual event. Last year’s Stroll broke our 10-year attendance record which tells us the annual Art Stroll is an enjoyable event for many of our local citizens along with visitors from throughout the region,” said one of the Art Stroll committee members.