Plein Air Paint Out draws large crowds

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


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The fifth annual Harvey Dunn Plein Air Paint Out Aug. 9-11 brought nearly 50 registered participants to De Smet to paint outdoors and connect with other artists.


Susan Purintun, a coordinator for the event, said 37 of the registered participants were actually out in the field producing art. Others were helping in another capacity or observing. She said the paint out draws more people every year.


Seventeen South Dakota communities were represented and 14 out-of-state artists participated.


An artist from Milan, Italy, attended. Paola Baccigalupo is a summer intern at the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings.


Honored guests were Harvey Dunn’s granddaughter, Diana Rutherford of Ft. Myers, Fla., writer Bill Anderson of Lapeer, Mich., writer John Miller of Brookings and Ellen Larson Halter of rural Huron who shared childhood memories of Harvey Dunn.


Many of the artists attend other plein air events throughout the year and commented about how impressed they are with the event in De Smet.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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