The Impressionists established a genre of art that recognized the value of painting the out-of doors while literally being there, capturing the essence of light and shadow on their canvases, thus giving the viewer the feeling of actually standing in a garden or landscape. Encouraging the viewer to think of the garden as art, Impressions d’un Jardin en Plein Air moves the modern day experience of seeing the Impressionists’ paintings from a static and sterile interior environment into the open, dynamic environment of the garden.
A series of frames focused on different angles of the garden will be suggestive of pictures. Some frames will have “canvases” where inspired visitors may actively engage and draw their impressions with the media provided. Impressions will be interactive where the two- dimensional artworks will be those of visitors as well as selected invited artists. Plein Air artistry will work as a subtle inducement of “visitors” to physically draw landscapes – an engagement with the strong psychological potential to modify persons from being garden appreciators to becoming active gardeners.