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Plein Air Painters to work on Hardman Farm in Helen
Artists to use historic landmark as inspiration today
Gayle Murdock will conduct demonstrations and share tips during the Northeast Georgia Plein Air Painters event from 1-4 p.m. today at the historic Hardman Farm at 143 Ga. 17 in Sautee Nacoochee

The historic Hardman Farm and the highly recognizable Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound are pretty enough for a picture. And several painters will turn that statement into reality.

The Northeast Georgia Plein Air Painters will set up their easels in prime locations on the Hardman property at 143 Ga. 17 in Sautee Nacoochee to paint individual perspectives of a choice of scenes. The scenes may include the Indian Mound across the road, the house, which was a home of Dr. Lamartine Hardman, Georgia’s governor from 1927-1931, and its surrounding buildings.

The painters’ group based out of the Helen Arts & Heritage Center will meet at the property from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, April 28, to glean some inspiration and paint their hearts desire. All interested painters are invited to join the group at no charge and enjoy painting outdoors in the natural and very scenic environment. Participants should meet at the Hardman Farm visitor center at 12:45 p.m.

Coordinated by Gayle Murdock, the painter’s group is in its third year and is open to any experienced plein air painter or a painter who wishes to gain more exposure and hands-on experience. Membership is free.

“Murdock is a talented artist and an excellent teacher,” Helen Arts & Heritage Center president Nancy Ackerman said. “Through her demonstrations and sharing of helpful tips, (she) makes for an overall enjoyable and educational experience.”

The Hardman Farm is not only open to the painters, it is open to visitors who wish to interact with the artists and watch them capture the various views from the property.

For more information, call Gayle Murdock at 850-830-8847.

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