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"Art adds to a community, attracts a core of people who are intelligent, creative and bring new ideas. They have a lot of energy, which is a really wonderful thing for a community to have."

Landscape painters will invade Mentone September 11, 2014.  Some of the area's most talented outdoor painters will bring their paint boxes and easels to Mentone, well known for its historically significant buildings and other items of local interest.

This remarkable 12th Annual event  Paint Mentone 2014 is happening with the support of International Plein Air Painters and will gather at Kamama Art Gallery, Artists are expected to converge on Thursday, September 11  to paint outdoors throughout the town.

Plein air artists seek the quality of natural light and atmosphere outdoors.  Their art work is in direct response to the beauty they find in nature.  They use a variety of media, from oils, through watercolors and pastels. The public will be able to join in the fun by watching individual artists work and moving from painter to painter 9am-4:00pm throughout the day.

In the evening, there will be an exhibit of the day's work Outside Kamama Art Gallery. The public is invited to come view the art and meet the artists. Event organizer, Caroline Homes Nuckolls says there is a joy about paintings outdoors and this is a chance for people to see professional artists at work, developing their paintings in response to the beauty in nature.

Plein air painting developed in France in the mid 19th century and is becoming increasingly popular. Last year's event drew artists from all over the Globe. Many new plein air painting groups were formed directly from this event.

International Plein Air Painters, who has members who reside throughout the World, is the blanket organization for individual plein air groups and was created for the sole purpose of advancing the execution and enjoyment of plein air painting without limitations of borders or regions.

IPAP's members are the quiet activists in the ongoing environmental struggle. They call attention to the threatened urban scene and the vanishing farmland for history. Its members share inspiration and encouragement both on the Internet and at "paint outs". They encourage other artists to get out and do it, to paint with other artists and share ideas.

This event is happening simultaneously in international locations and Mentone is part of this 12th WORLDWIDE group event hosted by International Plein Air Painters. You can join or show your support for  IPAP or learn more about the group and see some of the many events happening posted on the  website      www.i-p-a-p.com

2014 marks the 13th Anniversary of International Plein Air Painters

IPAP  makes  the Paint Out a yearly event.