Some of America’s most important living painters will exhibit their work in Shelby County when Airstream hosts a Fine Art Invitational from May 31 to June 5 at its headquarters in Jackson Center, Ohio.
Jackson Center artist Dan Knepper, an Amherst native, has assisted in identifying painters whose work is appropriate for this year’s show.
“Dan has been a huge help in getting the thing off the ground,” said Airstream marketing coordinator Brittany Fullenkamp. “We’re hoping to do it every year and expand it — maybe have two shows, an invitational and a juried show focused on Airstream.”
Fifty artists were invited to participate this year, Knepper among them. To date, 19 have committed to exhibiting one work each.
Collectors and art enthusiasts are expected to attend from other states as well as from throughout Ohio.
“People are just beginning to understand the weight of this collection,” Knepper said. “It would be like living in the time of Rembrandt and seeing work that he just did. These are the artists that will be the remembered artists of our time. Some of them are living legends. Art teachers might want to think about bringing their classes through (the exhibit). It is a great honor to show my work with these legends.”
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