During her lecture, Elizabeth Pollie will discuss how painting in nature and the nature of painting have been expressed around the world. Plein air – French for painting in the open air – found its full expression during the Age of Impressionism. This practice of plein air painting spread far and wide and was shaped by different influences as it took the art world by storm. Following this movement that found popularity in the 19th century, Pollie will share her expertise and knowledge of plein air painting, as well as explore its re-emergence around the world in recent years, with lecture attendees. Pollie will also include highlights from CTAC's own inaugural Paint Grand Traverse Plein Air Festival.
Elizabeth Pollie’s exposure to the arts came at an early age. Taken to museums, enrolled in classes by her parents, and influenced by her father’s love and practice of art and architecture, she was always clear about her path in life. “Working within the field of visual arts never seemed like a choice, but rather a place of true belonging,” said Pollie. She enrolled in college art classes while still in high school and went on to receive an education at a formal art school. She earned her BFA at The College For Creative Studies where she later taught. Pollie worked as a freelance illustrator and had her illustrations published in three Communication Arts Illustration Annuals as well as Booth Clibborn’s American Illustration. She left the field of editorial illustration to pursue a full-time painting career. Pollie’s artwork resides in both public and private collections, stateside and abroad, garnering much recognition. She is also a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America.
Coffee @ Ten is our free monthly lecture series. Enjoy complimentary baked goods and coffee generously sponsored by Roast & Toast Coffee and Cafe.