The public is invited to the Harlow Gallery in downtown Hallowell on Thursday, May 12 at 7pm for an ArtTalk on an artist’s experience painting in France. Watercolor artist Diane Dubreuil, formerly of Lewiston and summer resident of Monmouth, will present a program on en plein air painting. Ms. Dubreuil’s multi-media presentation will highlight her experiences during a month-long art residency at the Musee de la Grande Vigne in Brittany, France. “I used to think of the creation of art as a solitary experience. The special joy that comes with plein air painting happens nearly every time I go out as a result of sharing time out-of-doors with friends and people I meet. Wherever I go, people are happy to watch what I’m doing, they ask questions and eagerly share their experiences with me.” Visit Ms. Dubreuil’s website at www.ddubreuil.com for more information about her work.
Monthly ArtTalks at the Harlow have been made possible by generous support from Savings Bank of Maine.
A life-long artist whose media of choice is transparent watercolor, Ms. Dubreuil has studied with well-respected watercolorists such as Frank Webb and Carlton Plummer. Over the last 20 years, she has been employed as a digital artist and Art Director, primarily for Children’s Author-Illustrator, Mercer Mayer. She is Chairman of the New Milford (CT) Commission on the Arts, a town funded organization dedicated to providing enriching arts and cultural experiences for the public. She belongs to the New England Watercolor Society, the Plein Air Painters of Maine, NH Plein Air, and the CT Plein Air Painters Society. Most recently, she became a signature member of the International Plein Air Painters. Last year she designed a plein air program for artists bringing attention to and supporting a local land trust. She says, ” It seemed ‘natural,’ pardon the pun. But, artists are always looking for beautiful places to paint and many of the properties being preserved need people to know and care about them. Artists are among the most respectful people of our natural environment.”