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Plein Air Painters Enjoy Chanticleer's Beauty

Last week artists from around the region painted colorful garden vignettes in Chanticleer's beautiful gardens.

The artists that elected to take outdoor painting instruction at Chanticleer last week were fortunate in many ways. Not only was the weather outstanding with temperatures in the low 80s and low humidity, but they set up their easles and painted "en plein air" for several days at one of the most beautiful gardens in our region.

Landscape painting master Joseph Sweeney instructed several students in landscape oil painting techniques. Sweeney teaches at the University of the Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Wayne Art Center. The students participated in his course on "Landscape Painting," through the University of the Arts' Continuing Studies program (Professional Institute for Educators, known as P.I.E.). Art teachers around the area enhance both their painting and teaching skills through the P.I.E. programs.

Sweeney received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) and his Master of Fine Arts from Penn State. Sweeney, an Ardmore-based landscape artist, has received numerous awards throughout the years including "Best Landscape" award from the Philadelphia Sketch Club, at the 147th Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings this year. Visit his website web.mac.com/joesweeney for more information.

Sweeney will be teaching more classes through University of the Arts this summer including landscaping painting in Jim Thorpe, PA and at Daniel Boone's homestead near Reading, PA.

Various area artists who enjoyed painting en plein air last week at Chanticleer included: Ruth McGee of Philadelphia, Tina Davis of New Jersey, Bonnie Mettler of Wayne, Beverly Ann Kratzel of West Chester, and Trish Siembora.

Artist Bonnie Mettler teaches at both the Wayne Art Center and Main Line Art Center. Mettler, who holds a BFA from Moore College of Art & Design and has studied at PAFA, will be offering various adult drawing and painting classes at both locations this summer.

Visitors can enjoy more classes in the arts at Chanticleer this summer including the upcoming: "A Summer Photography Weekend Workshop," by Allen Rokach, July 22-24.

Also, classes are taught by artists from the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators at Chanticleer throughout the year.

Anyone is allowed to paint at during Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during open hours.

Also, don't forget the 11:00 am guided tours of Chanticleer House and an introduction to the gardens on the first Friday and first Saturday of every month. Advance reservations are recommended.

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