UNION — Join local artist Betsy Skipper this Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for a watercolor presentation and live demonstration of plein air painting at Piedmont Physic Garden (PPG).
Plein air is a term derived from the French phrase “en plein air,” which literally means “in the open air.” It’s a familiar concept today, but in the 1800s when impressionist painters ventured out of their studios into nature to capture the effects of sunlight, it was considered quite revolutionary.
Skipper has been painting en plein air for years. She has been both a student and a teacher of plein air techniques for many years as well. Her love of plants and flowers fuels Skipper’s interest in plein air painting, and she credits both of her grandmothers who were active gardeners. Her great grandmother, who she was named for, was an “herb doctor” in Eastern North Carolina.
Skipper will give a brief presentation of her watercolor paintings of plants while discussing their medicinal uses. She will also give a live demonstration of watercolor painting in the garden and provide tips for participants as they begin their own paintings. She will be painting in watercolor, but this workshop is open to artists in any medium. Participants should plan to bring their own art supplies.
The workshop costs $20 per person and will be held at PPG at 301 East South St. To register, please call 864-427-2556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also register online at https://piedmont-physic-garden.networkforgood.com/events/384-plein-air-painting-with-betsy-skipper
The Piedmont Physic Garden
Located on four contiguous lots stretching from 301 E. South Street to 217 S. Mountain St. in Union, the Piedmont Physic Garden is inspired by the Chelsea Physic Garden, a small botanical garden located in London, England. Plans are for the garden to eventually include an apothecary garden that will feature plants with historical medicinal uses, many of them native to the Piedmont as well as the southern Appalachian corridor. In the long-term, the properties will be converted into a campus that will house several ornamental garden areas, and the existing homes used for housing interns and visiting faculty.
The lots for the Piedmont Physic Garden were donated by the families of Dr. and Mrs. Paul Switzer and the Honorable and Mrs. Jack Flynn. PPG Founder Toccoa W. Switzer said that is it hoped that the garden will become a resource for the community as well as a tourism destination that is pleasing to the spirit.
to exhibit and promote the medicinal, economic, cultural and environmental importance of plants to the people of Union County and the surrounding Piedmont region of South Carolina.
PPG is a 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to exhibit and promote the medicinal, economic, cultural and environmental importance of plants to the children, teens, and adults of Union County and the surrounding Piedmont region of South Carolina.
This story was submitted by the Piedmont Physic Garden.