Nature Center features unique art exhibit

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center will feature Plein Air artists, Pamela Ruschman and Lynn Rix at an art exhibit on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Center.
In French, ‘en plein air’ translates to ‘in the open air.’ The exhibit will feature more than 80 paintings completed by the two artists in plain air on the grounds of Schlitz Audobon Nature Center over the course of the year.
“We find that working directly from life brings honesty and rawness to our work,” Ruschman said. “You are able to see colors that are impossible to see working from photographs.”
The two artists spent time painting outdoors at the nature center year-round. They were able to capture all the seasons in their plein air paintings.
Rix was introduced to the Nature Center over a decade ago, and Ruschman’s four-year-old son attends preschool at the Center.
“Painting on the property has given me a chance to grow and explore as an artist, while also experiencing the incredible solitude of the land,” Rix said.
Ruschman and Rix will donate 40 percent of each sale of a painting to support the environmental education efforts at Schlitz Audobon Nature Center. Audubon Preschool Teacher Liesl Schultz will also showcase her photography exhibit, Little Hands, Big Discoveries.
The exhibit will remain on display Friday, Sept.16 from 9 to 11 a.m. Pre-registration for this event is strongly encouraged. Call 414-352-2880 ext. 0 to RSVP.

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