Regional artists collaborate to benefit children and youth
More than 35 professional artists from across the state will participate in the third annual Camp Fire USA Paint Out, an invitational outdoor painting event on October 14-17 at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. During the four-day event, artists will create original works of art throughout the 109-acre garden. The Paint Out is free and open to the public; proceeds from the sale of artwork benefit the children and youth programs of Camp Fire USA First Texas Council.
Event attendees will have many chances to see ‘plein air’ (or ‘open air’) painting, an outdoor art form popularized in the mid-19th century by French impressionists Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
- From Thursday, October 14 through Saturday, October 16, artists will paint from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the 109-acre garden; and new this year, artists will paint in the seven-acre Japanese Garden (within the Fort Worth Botanic Garden), which features koi ponds and pavilions, as well as a teahouse, pagoda and meditation garden.
- On Sunday, October 17 at 9 a.m., artists will participate in a quick draw event, with two and a half hours to create a new painting.
Other activities of the Paint Out include:
- A series of Children’s Plein Air Workshops on Saturday, October 16 led by local artists. The workshops are $10 per child, pre-registration is preferred; details at CampFireFW.org.
- A plein air painting station will be set up each day of the Paint Out. Free to the public, guests can try their own hands at creating a plein air work of art.
- An Artist Awards Champagne and Jazz Brunch on Sunday, October 17 at 12 p.m. in the Botanic Garden Center, where the artwork is for sale. Brunch tickets can be purchased online at CampFireFW.org or by contacting Maren Gibbs at 817-831-2111, ext. 167, or Maren@CampFireFW.org.
The 2010 Camp Fire USA Paint Out Co-Chairs are Sheila Hill and Beverly Stringer and Artists Liaison, Paula Kornye Tillman.
Camp Fire, one of Fort Worth’s oldest child and youth development agencies, serves more than 14,000 youth, adults and child care providers annually in Tarrant, Denton, Parker, Johnson, Hood and Wise counties. Council programs include child care, after school and summer programs, camping, outdoor education, training for child care professionals, service learning and truancy prevention.