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Regina artist enjoys the southwest; teaching classes

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For Regina artist Nikki Jacquin, there is nothing plain about her plein paint outs, especially in the Cypress Hills in southwest Saskatchewan.

Jacquin has hosted Plein Paint Outs in southwest Sask. all this week (Sept. 3-6) and will host one more Sept. 7 as she is offering tips on how to do different landscapes (conglomerate cliffs) from 10:30-12:30 p.m.
“Plein” is a french expression meaning “in the open air” and describes painting outdoors.
Jacquin has been an artist for a long time, but it wasn’t until recently she combined her artistry work with formal teaching. Her love of the picturesque scenery and the hiking trails inspired her to get involved.
“I’ve always loved coming here to Cypress Hills on vacation,” explains Jacquin. “I like to camp. I like to paint. How do I get involved?”
Through some contacts, she was able to stay in the artists’ cabin and did her first formal teaching last July and September.
“I’m excited to bring in art to people,” adds Jacquin. “It’s an affordable introduction to the plein painting and to learn about the flora and the landscape of the area ... this is a nice time.”
Jacquin taught fine arts classes to those in Regina who were home educators. She is also a portrait painter.
Her classes are relatively inexpensive ($10) due to the fact her work is subsidized by the Sask. Arts Board, Sask. Parks, Sask. Culture and Sask. Lotteries.
Those interested in the Sept. 7 event should meet at the art cabin just behind the visitors centre.
Phone 306-662-3629 for more information.

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