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Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Plein-air artist Silvio Silvestri will exhibit and talk about his work this weekend at Tahoe Country in Heavenly Village.
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Artist Silvio Silvestri will bring his award-winning California landscapes to Tahoe Country in Heavenly Village from noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

While Silvestri maintains a display of his work at Tahoe Country, he will be bringing a larger selection of work in varied sizes and covering a broader range of subjects for this weekend’s show.

Silvestri combines impressionism with traditional fine art to produce a warmth and freedom that excites and captivates the viewer’s attention. He is a plein- air artist whose paintings, created live on location, are filled with such lush colors and confident strokes they often reveal a subject matter more real than what one might see with a camera.

The plein-air method of painting originated with the French impressionists shortly after the invention of the portable paint tube during the late 1860s. Claude Monet in particular was intrigued with effects of light and atmosphere, unusual color application, and various seasons of the year. Early California artists followed this trend and visited Europe to better understand this movement. Such loose and colorful style blossomed in the 1930s and ’40s. It is these influences that sparked Silvio’s involvement with plein air painting and collectors are now purchasing Silvestri paintings to hang next to those of early California landscape impressionists such as Edgar Payne.

Unlike some artists, Silvestri does not use photographs or overhead projectors in the creation of his original artwork. He can be seen in the Sierra and along the California coastline in snow, rain, heat and cold, setting up a canvas and paints to capture a quick impression of a scene before a change of light.

Though Silvestri also paints still lifes and figures, it is landscape painting that continues to be his major inspiration. “Mother Nature is a wonderful teacher. By discarding preconceived ideas about the subject matter, I continually see new colors or light effects I never could imagine. This is the difference between a studio painter and me,” he said.

For further information contact Tahoe Country at (530) 544-6600.


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