6/19: Color Me Cleveland

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If you want to be fancy when you talk about painting outdoors, you could use the French “en plein air” — famous 19th-century impressionists like Monet and Renoir referred to it that way. But here in Cleveland, you’ll probably just refer to it as “in plain air.” This weekend, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve sends 37 local artists into the city to paint and use other media to create works inspired by what they see. Some of the artists are well known; others are just beginning their careers. Locations range from the bucolic to the gritty — including Mall C, West Side Market, Whiskey Island, Tremont’s Lincoln Park, Lake View Cemetery, PlayhouseSquare, Public Square and Edgewater Park. The painting starts today and continues through Sunday. It’s free to watch all the artists in action, but Lolly the Trolly (216.771.4484) is offering tours of the stops for $15. On Monday, all of the work will be put up for sale in a silent auction at the AAWR Gallery. The whole thing winds up with a gala celebration on Friday, June 26, featuring a live auction, food and music at 7 p.m. at AAWR (1834 E. 123rd St., 216.721.9020). Tickets: $75. — Michael Gill

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