Carmel artist Hewook Lee among featured plein air painters at Indiana Landmarks Center exhibit

A painting by Hewook Lee.
A painting by Hewook Lee.

By Audrey Bailey

Local art enthusiasts are invited to view and purchase the works of 15 Indiana plein air artists – including Hewook Lee of Carmel – from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Rapp Family Gallery at Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave. in Indianapolis.

At the exhibit on Friday, smaller, less expensive plein air works will be displayed for sale, which will include oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor paintings, as well as note cards and wearable art.

Lee has been painting for around three years.

“They asked me to bring some smaller works that are reasonably priced, so I’m going to try to bring some small ones, 6 by 8, 8 by 10, that can make a nice gift item,” Lee said.

The building showcasing these paintings is a historic venue that was restored and opened about four and a half years ago, said Mark Szobody, director of special events for Indiana Landmarks.

“Our lower level is a nice big room with good walls, and so we decided to make an art gallery out of it,” Szobody said. “So, each month we open up a new show on the first Friday of the month.

The Indiana Rapp Family Gallery will not be the only venue open that evening. Art galleries around Indianapolis will have their doors open for people to freely walk in and check out.

“We’re part of the IDADA (Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association), first Friday gallery tour,” Szobody said. “Each first Friday of the month, everyone opens from 6 to 9 p.m. with a new show, and it’s open to the public, and it’s free. And, like most everybody and like us, we have beverages and hors d’oeuvres for people who come.”

Overall, Lee hopes the evening will bring more attention and appreciation for local artists across Indiana, along with the works they create.

“I would love to see our community supporting these plein air painters, because it’s hard work,” Lee said. “I am thankful to be able to do it. I want to depict beautiful nature that God’s created and I want to represent it the best way I can.”

The French phrase en plein air, or “open (in full) air” is a painting technique that most often involves painting outside in an uncontrolled and natural environment.

To learn more about Lee’s paintings, visit


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