Weir Farm Artist Collective

Artist Leslie Carone holds up artwork, painting of Weir Pond by Leslie Carone, Artist Bobbi Eike Mullen at field easel, painting of Weir Farm meadow and stone wall by Bobbi Eike Mullen
Artists Leslie Carone and Bobbi Eike Mullen - co-facilitators of the Weir Farm Artist Collective

What is the Weir Farm Artists Collective?

The Weir Farm Artist Collective is a collaboration of independent artists following the tradition of creativity within the Weir Farm landscape. Its purpose is to inform, support, encourage and engage accomplished artists of all mediums to share ideas, opportunities and technical solutions.

Who should attend and what happens during the monthly meetings?
The Park is offering a new opportunity for local artists to connect and share during monthly gatherings, led by artists, for artists. The program will start with an open forum group discussion facilitated by local artists and Weir Farm instructors Leslie Carone and Bobbi Eike Mullen. Each month there will be a new topic and a new opportunity to share with each other and get to know other artists. After the informal group discussion, artists may choose to stay and paint together or continue conversations. Coffee and tea are provided by Friends of Weir Farm. Stop by for coffee and refreshments, discussion with your peers, and feel free to bring a work of Weir Farm art to share with the group, and maybe even bring your art supplies to stick around and create with your peers!

The target audience for the Weir Farm Artist Collective includes artists of all skill levels that come to the Park for inspiration - for example there are many plein air painters that come to the Park regularly - this is an opportunity for artists to connect with other Weir Farm artists.

Topics may include sharing resources in the community for local artists, discussion on exhbiting your work and entering juried shows, providing feedback to Weir Farm on how it can best serve the local artist communiy, opportunites to meet the Weir Farm Artists-in-Residence, sharing of successes and challenges you face as an artist, ideas to spark your creativity, and more! We anticipate the topics will evolve to meet the needs of the group as it begins to form in this pilot year.

When does the collective meet? What are the upcoming topics?
The Park is hosting one meeting per month, May to October, 2023:

  • Thursday May 18 from 10:00 to 11:30 am - Kick-off meeting. After a meet and greet discussion, the group will have the opportunity to meet the May Artist-in-Residence and get a peek into the AIR Studio!
  • Thursday June 8 from 10:00 to 11:30 am - Plein Air Setups, Tips, and Tricks. June's gathering will focus on the plein air artists' setup. Artists are encouraged to bring their outdoor painting gear, field easels, and supplies and to share tips and hacks for plein air painting, and to stick around and paint after the morning discussion. Don't have a field setup? No worries, the Collective is open to all types of artists and bringing supplies is not a requirement. The morning will begin with introductions and a short discussion, followed by learning more about plein air setups, tools, and tricks.
  • Thursday July 20 from 10:00 to 11:30 am - Topic TBD
  • Thursday August 17 from 10:00 to 11:30 am - Topic TBD
  • Thursday September 14 from 10:00 to 11:30 am - Topic TBD
  • Thursday October 26 from 10:00 to 11:30 am - Topic TBD

Last updated: June 1, 2023

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