Today, our guest post is by Intern Emma, who recently visited the 2nd Annual Gathering of Plein Air Painters at the Birdie Gallery in Noblesville. Read all about her fun experience - and check out a couple of the cool images Emma captured:

Beginning on June 3, painters from across Hamilton County and surrounding states gathered in Noblesville to take part in the 2nd Annual Gathering of Plein-Air Painters put on by the Hamilton County Artists' Association. At this gathering of artists, painters and artists working in other mediums create a piece over about two and a half days. The artists usually work outside while studying the subject matter for their piece. This piece is then judged at the end of the gathering and prizes are awarded. I was fortunate enough to see the products of these artists' labor on the final day of the gathering. The Birdie Gallery in downtown Noblesville was filled to the brim with art ranging from an oil painting of a fish to a vibrant orange and red fused glass bowl. I was surprised to see such a variety of works from so many local talented artists. Also I was very impressed that all of these works had been created in such a short time frame- just one weekend! Despite the unfortunate rain, people showed up to see the art for sale as well. Housed in a tent as apposed to the street as originally planned, the public freely browsed the selection while a guitar player strummed in the background. There were several wonderful representations of the Noblesville Courthouse, and those are always pleasing to the eye. I was also able to meet some of the artists and it is always a pleasure to see who is behind creating such wonderful works of art!