Photo by Dave Warner – Deborah Kaufman works on a painting in her studio/office.

The Little Falls Public Library, with funding from the Central New York Arts Council, will offer its second En Plein Air workshop, instructed by local artist Deborah Kaufman, on Saturday, October 8th, at 9 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the workshop will be held on Saturday, October 22nd, at 9 a.m.

Ms. Kaufamn, a native of Little Falls who returned to the area following a lengthy career as a high-tech executive in Texas, is a self-taught landscape artist whose artistic career began with work in architectural glass. Instructed by master craftsmen, she developed the technical skill that, when combined with an uncanny design sensibility, challenged the concept of what could be created in contemporary stained glass. Her innovative installations are evident in homes in both Galveston and Houston.

Ms. Kaufman’s infatuation with color and lighting, honed in her stained glass work, evolved into her current work, landscape painting renowned for its ability to capture the unique qualities of the Adirondacks and the Mohawk Valley, areas that, as she states, are “eye candy for the soul.”

Creating mood, intimacy, and vibrancy of color are important aspects of Ms. Kaufman’s work and are inspired both by the regional scenery and 19th century and contemporary impressionist artists. Her work will be part of the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts Holiday Show from December 1st through 24th.

The workshop will include an instructional presentation on the history, tools, and techniques of En Plein Air painting and a guided painting session in Eastern Park.

All materials will be provided, though participants may want to bring a small tray table. The workshop is free of charge and made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Participation is limited, and pre-registration is required. To register, or to obtain further information, contact the library at 10 Waverly Place, Little Falls, (315) 823-1542.