Area artists will be at work during Pioneer Festival

Scenes at this year's Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival will be interpreted by area artists, who will be painting "en plein air" on Saturday, Sept. 28, the first day of the festival.

Paintings created by those artists can be purchased by the public in a silent auction to be held on the festival grounds on Sunday, Sept. 29.

Additional artists who want to spend the day painting, sketching and drawing festival scenes may sign up by contacting festival Chairman Jennifer Scalf at 519-0122 or The festival will provide the canvas for artists registering by Tuesday, Sept. 17.

"En plein air" is a French term meaning "in the open air," a style of painting outdoors in natural light. While artists have always painted outdoors, the technique was extremely popular during the 1870s.

Artists at the festival will be working "en plein air" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 28.

Artists may, but are not required to, place their works in a silent auction which will be held Sept. 29. Bids will be accepted until 2 p.m. that day, and the winning bidders will be announced on stage at 3 p.m.

Proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to the LaFontaine Arts Council.

The Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival is held at Hier's Park, in Huntington.