Be part of Paint Downtown Danville’s Arts Festival Aug. 12

By Alice McColgin, APR

Shop the Saturday morning farmers market and watch artists of all ages from across central Indiana drawing and painting their plein air versions of local buildings and landscapes based on the available natural light, Saturday, Aug. 12 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Plein air is French for ‘out of doors.’ Artists create images by painting or drawing outside with acrylics, pastels or watercolors.

Sponsored by the Gallery on the Square and Downtown Danville, this will be the sixth-year non-professional and professional painters set up their easels all over Danville to create impressionist scenes of local businesses, the courthouse square, neighborhoods and public spaces.

Artist painting a plein air version of local buildings (Submitted photo)

Arts festival activities for the public will include opportunities to “chalk-the-walk” around the square, face painting, make-and-take art and at 2 p.m. the grand opening of the new outdoor mural in the alley on the courthouse square’s Southside.

Stay for the 4 p.m. awards presentations at the same location where over $2,500 in prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories.

Learn more about the event and artists’ registration online at  Or by calling or stopping in at the Gallery on the Square 51 South Washington Street Danville, IN, (317) 386-3111 during business hours, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday.