College and International Plein Air Painters (IPAP) Sponsoring Event on Newburgh Campus

NEWBURGH, N.Y. – SUNY Orange will host some of the area’s most talented outdoor painters on its Newburgh campus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10 as part of the ninth annual worldwide “Paint Out” sponsored by the International Plein Air Painters (IPAP).

Visitors to the Newburgh campus that day will be able to watch the individual artists work and will be free to move from painter to painter throughout the event. A drumming circle will be held from Noon to 1 p.m., allowing the participating artists to show their day’s work while they picnic on the plaza adjacent to Kaplan Hall. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held at the same time on Sunday, Sept. 11.

Plein air artists seek the quality of natural light and atmosphere outdoors. Their art work is in direct response to the beauty they find in nature, and they utilize a variety of media, from oils through watercolors and pastels. Plein air painting developed in France in the mid-19th century and is becoming increasingly popular.

This year’s Newburgh event is coordinated by SUNY Orange adjunct art instructor, and regional ambassador for IPAP, Linda Richichi, as well as Dr. Nicole Shea, cultural affairs coordinator at the Newburgh campus.

“There is a joy about paintings outdoors, and this is a chance for people to see professional artists at work, developing their paintings in response to the beauty in nature,” Richichi said.

IPAP, with members residing throughout the world, is the blanket organization for individual plein air groups and was created for the sole purpose of advancing the execution and enjoyment of plein air painting. This October IPAP will celebrate its 10th anniversary. “Paint Out” events will be held simultaneously at international locations around the globe, including Brazil, Canada, and Trinidad & Tobago.

To learn more about IPAP, visit For additional information on the Newburgh campus event, contact Shea at (845) 341-9386.

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