Enjoy De Smet’s Plein Air events on Facebook


Although the 12th annual Harvey Dunn Plein Air “Paint Out” has gone virtual this year, everyone can enjoy the “Painting on the Prairie” artwork this weekend, Aug. 7 – 9, by “liking” the Harvey Dunn Facebook page. Artists still have time to register to be included in Zoom workshops, post their artwork, chat with other artists and have the opportunity to sell their artwork.

The Harvey Dunn Society Facebook Page will be the focal point for the event. Everyone can use the Page during the event to follow the artists and view their artwork, add comments, message the host and share with family and friends. A photo gallery for participating artists is provided for public viewing of artist’s work. Online voting for People’s Choice awards will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday and conclude at 2 p.m. A link for voting will be published after 5 p.m. Saturday.

Artists participating will also use the Facebook Page to post pictures of themselves and their artwork during the event, along with providing comments and sharing with family and friends. If artists are not on Facebook, they may contact Steve Randall at srandall@me.com to make other arrangements for participating.

ºAll artists, beginner to experienced, are invited to take part, paint outdoors and join the fun. There will be online adult and children’s workshops and demonstrations, as well as opportunities throughout the three days to chat online. Awards of $200 will be given to the Artists’ Choice and People’s Choice winners. Paintings will be available online for purchase.

There is no charge, and you do not have to be an artist to participate. Registration is required to receive the links to Zoom sessions and art classes. This is available by going to the Harvey Dunn Society Facebook page to access the form that may be filled out online.

The Plein Air event begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7 with a Zoom chat and welcoming remarks. Artists can begin painting at this time. It includes time for the artists to connect online all day. Friday’s activities continue with the Children’s Workshop taking place from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by a Plein Air painting video and Zoom chat with guest artist Steve Randall from Sioux Falls, S.D. from 3 to 4 p.m. A virtual social hour takes place from 5 to 6 p.m.

Saturday events include a Zoom chat from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Jessie Rasche will be present for an oil painting video and zoom chat from 10:30 a.m. to noon. James Pollock’s watercolor painting class and zoom chat will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m., followed by a social hour from 5 to 6 p.m. The deadline for artists to send paintings to Brookings Arts Council for publication is Saturday at 5 p.m.

Sunday includes Zoom chats from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and awards will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The Plein Air “Painting on the Prairie” is sponsored and co-hosted by the Harvey Dunn Society, South Dakota Art Museum and the Brookings Arts Council.

For a schedule of events and more information, go to the Harvey Dunn Society Facebook page or the Facebook event page “Painting on the Prairie – a virtual Harvey Dunn Paint Out” page at www.desmetsd.com, or contact Rita Anderson, 605-203-0216, rita@desmetsouthdakota.org or Dianne Larson, dianne@ingallshomestead.com, 605-203-0896.


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