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Plein-air works on display

Special to The Hays Daily News

LOGAN -- Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum will present "American Legacy: Our National Parks," which opened Friday and will run through June 16. In the exhibit, 38 members and guests of Plein-Air Painters of America set up their easels in national sites across the country. The artists are among the country's most respected plein-air painters. The adjective plein-air refers to the philosophical belief that creating art on-location, challenging as it might be, is crucial to successfully documenting a visual and emotional point in time and place.

Each artist selected a favorite park to document. More than 50 paintings depict sites from coast to coast, border to border, and from the earliest park designation to one of the most recent. The exhibition is a "field journal" experience that draws viewers into seasonal and daily experiences of color and light rendered in pigment on paper or canvas. In some instances, the field studies were used to create larger, studio paintings.

The museum's April Artist of the Month is Barbara Morton, WaKeeney, who has quilt pieces and crocheted afghans on display.