Date(s) - 09/07/2022
Schweinfurth Art Center
“In Conversations with Nature” is a solo exhibit of plein air oil paintings made by award-winning artist Nikolay Mikushkin, a Kazakhstan native who studied art in Russia and emigrated to the United States in 1996. The exhibit will be on display from Aug. 27 through Oct. 16, 2022 at the Schweinfurth Art Center.
“I consider myself a plein air landscape artist, with my work unified from this special and original dialogue that I have with nature,” Mikushkin says in his artist’s statement. “I have always been driven and fascinated by the rural environment. From searching for the perfect location for my paintings, to the rush of adrenaline when the weather shifts, I have not stopped painting the outdoors for the past 40 years.”
Mikushkin is a plein air artist, a French phrase that translates to open air. He goes outdoors to create his paintings, battling against the ever-changing light to capture a moment in time and space. “In Conversations with Nature,” his solo exhibit at the Schweinfurth Art Center that runs through Oct. 16, 2022, comprises 21 of his plein air landscapes.
The landscapes depict familiar scenes: trees, meadows, farms and snow. Many of the paintings are scenes from Williamstown, a rural town on the eastern edge of Oswego County that lies on the western side of the Tug Hill Plateau. In 2019, he purchased six acres of land to have an uninterrupted location to paint.
The galleries are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Admission to the Schweinfurth is $10 per person, or $15 per person for admission to the Schweinfurth and the Cayuga Museum of History & Art next door. Note: The Cayuga Museum is not open on Sundays. Schweinfurth members, participating artists, and children 12 and under are always free.