Artist Joan Vienot debuts solo exhibit

Published: Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 09:13 AM.

"I love to paint anything, but prefer landscapes," she said. "I'm not good at houses because I'm not good at straight lines. Painting en plein air is fast and furious as you are trying to beat moving shadows and changes. It's a challenge to get the essence down. I could get more detailed, but right now I'm working on accuracy and speed."

The group varies where they meet to paint each week and has gone to Destin harbor, Nick's on the Bay, Eden Gardens , and Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet.

Cheri Peebles, proprietor of Grayt Grounds, and artistic director Eileen West took note of Vienot's work and asked her to do a solo show at Grayt Grounds.

West said they chose Vienot when they learned that she had set a clear path for furthering her painting career.

"She has spent the past few years learning her craft and developing her body of work. The next step is to market it, so we were happy to offer her a venue for her professional debut," said West.

"The Present Moment," an exhibit of oil paintings by Joan Vienot, opened Nov. 2 at Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet. The exhibit of 50 paintings, most done en plein air, will be up through Nov. 17.

"I was surprised when they invited me. I am ahead of my schedule and it's exciting," said Vienot.

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