Artist to demonstrate landscape painting along Fox River in Elgin

The Conservation Foundation’s artist-in-residence will set up his easel along the Fox River from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in a demonstration of plein air painting at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, according to a news release from the foundation.

Joel Sheesley is creating dozens of paintings of the river throughout the seasons for an exhibit in fall 2018 when the works will be available for sale as well as a coffee-table book “A Fox River Testimony” of his paintings and writings, the release said.

Painting “en plein air,” French for outside, has been embraced by artists, including Monet and Gauguin, who took advantage of the ever-changing outdoor lighting to create their masterpieces.

People are invited to observe as Sheesley sets up on the west side of the library, 270 N Grove Ave, along the river. Following the painting session, Sheesley will present “A Fox River Testimony Through Art” at 7 p.m.

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