Plein Air 2023 (Part 1)

“My approach to Plein Air is to find a simple location and to anticipate how the light will move throughout the morning. Next I do a quick sketch showing lights and darks (known as a Notan), block in color on the canvas, and try to use lots of paint to give texture to the end piece.”

Plein Air in Clifton Springs

The 3rd annual Plein Air in Clifton Springs event will feature artists painting in the historic and picturesque village of Clifton Springs, a free art-making event for kids, and an […]

Urban Sketching Workshop

Seeing things from a new perspective Urban Sketching Workshop with Andy Reddout Join artist and educator Andy Reddout for this workshop and explore alternative points of view, identifying interesting subjects […]

Plein Air with Pastels

Plein Air with Pastels Join plein air painter Colette Savage for this introductory workshop on using pastels en plein air. To start, Colette will demonstrate her own pastel painting setup, […]

Meet Elizabeth Courtney

Artist Elizabeth Courtney

Elizabeth Courtney, artist in residence at Main Street Arts during the month of May 2019, is working in one of our two studio spaces on our second floor. We asked Elizabeth […]

Phyllis Bryce Ely: A Landscape Revisited

A Landscape Revisited: Onaping Falls, Canada For this “Fifty Landscapes” blog I’ve chosen to share my experience painting “Onaping Falls, Canada” included in this exhibit. This oil painting is an […]

Kari Ganoung Ruiz: Small Bits

I’m back! Thank you Main Street Arts for inviting me to offer my thoughts in another blog entry; this one corresponding with the opening of the Fifty Landscapes exhibit which includes […]

Phyllis Bryce Ely: Look Out the Window

Painting at Durand Eastman Park

“Look out the window.” My mother said that to me again and again. If I was bored, she would say, “Look out the window, what do you see? Make something […]

Closed 7/28 through 8/3:

We will be closed to the public Friday, July 28 through Thursday, August 4 as we install our next exhibition, Inspired By Nature. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, August 4 from 5 to 8pm!