To raise funds for Rockville’s Historic Parker through-truss bridge, plein air artists will capture the landscape of Rockville and Grafton as well as the Historic Rockville Bridge in oil, watercolor, and pastel April 27–29. Susan Bingham, co-founder of the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts in Mt. Carmel, will present a free lecture April 28 at 7 p.m. in the Historic Rockville Church, located at 43 East Main Street. The artist and collector reception is at 6 p.m. on 29 at the Historic Rockville Schoolhouse, located at 38 E Main St. The wet paint sale will be across the street in the Rockville Community Center at 7 p.m. Admission is $20 at bridgepleinair.eventbrite.com or $25 the day of the event.
Participating artists include Doug Braithwaite, Eileen Guernsey Brown, Royden Card, Bruce Gomez, Ken Harris, Brad Holt, Lisa Huber, Mary Jabens, Rick Kinateder, Roland Lee, Nancy Lewis, Bonnie McGee, Valerie Orlemann, Rachel Pettit, Stephen Stauffer, and Gregory Stocks.
“If you simply view the Rockville Bridge, you see that it is in a state of disrepair, its metal beams, nuts, and bolts turning to rust,” Huber said. “If you take a moment to study the bridge from an artistic side, the structure, although geometric, blends in well with the growth of trees, brush, and grasses that surround it. In addition, the bridge takes you back to a simpler time. Progress is good, but what a great opportunity to help the town of Rockville preserve this piece of history.”