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Visual Arts Lecturer Exhibits 'Plein Air' Landscapes

Written by Arielle Cotoia

Muriel Miller Lancrigg landscape.jpg

Miller's acrylic painting of Lancrigg, an inn in Grasmere, Lake District, England.

Willimantic, Conn. - Muriel Miller, visual arts lecturer at Eastern Connecticut State University, will showcase "Landscapes in Plein Air," Aug. 7-24 at the Vanilla Bean Café in Pomfret. The opening reception is from 4-6 p.m. on Aug. 7.

            The theme of her show is painting in 'plein air,' which refers to painting outside in open air or on site, as Miller's acrylic paintings are landscapes. "One sees the colors and the atmospheric sense of place at that particular time of day or season," said Miller. "I am attracted to the colors and the effects of shadow and light. These qualities aren't possible with using photographs."

Miller's choices of subjects reflect a combination of the familiar and unfamiliar. Her paintings include landscapes of familiar Connecticut surroundings and unfamiliar landscapes of foreign countries. Her show will feature landscapes from her recent trip with art students from Eastern, Central and the University of Hartford, to Ireland, England and Wales. She added, "I am visually stimulated by landscapes that I have never seen before, and I try to capture the uniqueness and spirit of a place."

Vanilla Bean Café is located at 350 Deerfield Rd. in Pomfret and is open Mondays and Tuesdays 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Fridays 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information about "Landscapes in Plein Air," contact Muriel Miller at


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