Sue Hand to exhibit plein air paintings of Harveys Lake over Labor Day weekend

Sue Hand paints on location at Harveys Lake this summer. - Submitted photo

DALLAS — Dallas artist Sue Hand has been creating a large series of plein air paintings of Harveys Lake for the past four years and will exhibit the third part of her collection this Labor Day weekend.

The exhibit will consist of artworks created since last Labor Day. The entire series, titled “8.3 – A Journey Around Harveys Lake,” began in fall 2014 when Hand spent several weeks painting scenes which included the historic buildings at Hansen’s, Pole 150, which were razed that November.

Those autumn afternoon paint-outs inspired her quest to create plein air paintings “from or of” all 311 poles located around the lake’s perimeter. In addition to the first and second group of paintings exhibited Labor Day weekends 2016 and 2017, Hand will exhibit about 75 new works which she has completed on location this past year. She hopes to complete the entire project before winter of this year.

The public is invited to view the exhibit during Labor Day weekend: Sunday, Sept. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sue Hand’s Imagery, 35 Main St.

The plein air paintings will be arranged in order around Hand’s art studio as though one is entering Harveys Lake from Route 415 and driving around Lakeside Drive in a counterclockwise manner. All paintings will be labeled with the numbers of the poles they are painted “of” or “from.” All the scenes have been created on location from alongside the roadway or, with permission, from private docks.

Hand will be joined by fellow plein air artist Charles “Woody” Woodworth, of Hunlock Creek, who has accompanied her on some of the paint-outs. Woodworth, who will celebrate his 80th birthday in November, will exhibit his colored pencil and mixed media sketches of the area. Hand will continue to paint on location at Harveys Lake for several more weeks to complete the series.

For more information, call 570-675-5094.

Sue Hand paints on location at Harveys Lake this summer. Hand paints on location at Harveys Lake this summer. Submitted photo