St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Hosts Lecture On Materials Used By Plein Air Painters


Rodney Reis, pictured working in his Peacham studio, will discuss the materials and techniques used by plein air oil painters during an Arts and Culture Series lecture at the Athenaeum on July 18th at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

St. Johnsbury --The paintings of the great masters utilized a variety of materials that were made by hand and composed of ingredients found from all parts of the globe. The secrets to the development and composition of the best materials used by today's oil painters have been handed down for generations.

As part of the Arts & Culture Series, the Athenaeum welcomes artist Rodney Reis as he discusses "Plein Air Painting -- Materials of the Masters" on Wednesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The discussion will highlight the materials and techniques used by the great oil painters during plein air painting. Plein air is defined as painting in open air using natural light. A demonstration of pigments, mediums, palette/canvas, field easels, techniques and the use of these materials will be included.

Reis has dedicated his life to landscape oil painting and fine arts instruction. His paintings reflect the delicate balance between nature and light and their relationship to the atmosphere. His painting and grinding mediums are specifically made according to traditional alchemist formulas handed down by generations of master oil painters.

He received his professional training at the Art Students League in New York City and his paintings have been represented by several distinguished art galleries throughout New England.

Reis serves as a fine arts instructor for St. Johnsbury Academy. He is also a volunteer firefighter for the Peacham Fire Department and a former trustee for St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. He currently serves on the Collections Committee at the Athenaeum. He lives in Peacham with his wife Mary Ellen and their two children.

For additional information and to review future Arts & Culture lectures, please contact the Athenaeum at 802-748-8291 or visit the website


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