Join Riverfront Times Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Watery Portraits 

The plein air style of painting derives from the French expression en plein air, meaning "in the open air." Artists have painted outdoors for a long, long time, but the method took on particular importance to the Impressionists in the nineteenth century and it's still going strong in the early years of the 21st -- especially here locally, with our abundance of beautiful landscapes and rivers and painters talented enough to render them on canvas. It's the rivers specifically that Kodner Gallery (9650 Clayton Road, Ladue; 314-993-4477 or celebrates in a new exhibit called Our Great Waterways: The Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois Rivers, with a free opening reception from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 8. The show features a Chinese plein air master, Yingxue Zuo, who now lives and teaches in St. Louis, along with the hand-selected work of other celebrated outdoor painters such as Billyo O'Donnell, Bryan Haynes, Joseph Orr, Catherine Mahoney and several more prominent figures in the plein air school. Our Great Waterways remains on display through Monday, August 1, and the gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday. Portions of the proceeds from the sale of the featured artworks will go to a vital advocate for local waterways, the St. Louis Confluence Riverkeeper organization.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: July 8. Continues through Aug. 1, 2011

Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.

Latest in Night & Day

More by Alex Weir

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 30, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2020 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation