Dickson residents will tell you it’s a beautiful city. From the surrounding rural land and homes to its picturesque downtown, Dickson offers impressive visuals for both locals and visitors.
Award-winning artist Kimberly Daniel, of Dickson, wants to add an extra splash of color to the landscape.
“Let’s Paint the Town,” an outdoor painting event, will be held on Saturday, April 2, in and around the downtown area.
“I encourage everyone to come to Downtown Dickson and witness dozens of artists all over town, on sidewalks, in alley ways, and the city lakes and parks all creating in their own way,” Daniel said. “Then, please come to Holland Park [between] 4-6 p.m. for an amazing outdoor art show and wet paint sale.”
“In the last three years, I have begun to travel to locations that offer plein air PaintOut events,” Daniel said. “To my surprise, the closest one we have is in Clarksville.”
Daniel created this event to bring plein air painting a little closer to home.
Plein air, or the act of painting outdoors, features dozens of painters creating together in a large group.
“Artists intently watch as the sun rises in the east and moves towards the west, looking as shadows and colors transform,” Daniel said. “The plein air artist paints what they see in front of them at a particular moment in time, capturing these changing illuminations.”
Thirty professional artists have already committed to the event, including nationally known locals Jason Saunders of Leiper’s Fork, Lori Putnam of Charlotte, and Todd Saal of Nashville.
“We do not have a local gallery and trying to sell art has many challenges, with getting in a gallery one of the biggest. So, this event will give local artists a chance to get out of their studios and mingle with the public and showcase what they do,” Daniel said.
You don’t have to be a professional painter to participate.
“This is completely free, and I have no monies for awards. Perhaps by next year I will be able to have some sponsors,” Daniel said.
She hopes that this first-year event will set the stage for larger events in the future.
“Other cities that hold events such as this see anywhere from a dozen to a 100 artists come to paint, but often many more people come to sit and watch the artists, too,” Daniel said.
Daniel, who has an art education master’s degree and over 30 years experience teaching art in Middle Tennessee, said she hopes the event will also benefit the local economy.
“This event should evoke tourism and much support for our downtown business, as people will spend hours strolling throughout the downtown area,” Daniel said.
“We have so many new residents who may need to decorate the walls of their new homes,” Daniel added. “Well, here is an opportunity to meet some really fantastic people while doing it.”
Kimberly Daniel can be reached at 615-426-4555 or by email at [email protected]