Brief: Karen Bateman Art Exhibit


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“Vivid Scene,” by Karen Bateman.

Virginia painter Karen Bateman is the featured guest artist at Katie’s Coffee House in Great Falls for the month of June in an exhibit entitled “Water Everywhere.” The artist creates oil paintings en plein air, a French expression for “in the open air.” This style of painting was popularized by the Impressionists in the late 1800s who set themselves apart from the academic realism taught in conventional enclosed, indoor artist studios.

Bateman began painting in 2007, intrigued by a sign on the side of the road offering outdoor painting classes at nearby Riverbend Park. Encouraged by her instructor, Jack Warden, two of her earliest paintings were juried into a local art show after just a few

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