How to go
American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists' Colony, prepared by the Reading Public Museum
Runs from March 7 through May 31 at the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton (directions).
- 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday
- 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday
- Extended hours on Thursdays until 8 p.m.
- $14 for adults
- $11 for seniors, students, active military and groups of 10 or more
- $6 for children ages 7-17
- Prices include admission to the exhibition and the museum's permanent collection, plus a $2 fee for building preservation and art conservation.
About the exhibit
Just in time for spring, the Dayton Art Institute's current special exhibit will drop you into a world of sunny pastures, soft flowing rivers and lush foliage.
Impressionism is a term you might remember from your freshman year art history class, and probably brings to mind Monet's floating lilies or Degas' dancers. But the Dayton Art Institute's special exhibit is pure American, with 100 paintings that offer a glimpse at the life of these early 20th century painters who traveled to Europe to learn the techniques of the French masters and then formed summer colonies where they made their living teaching their craft.
The exhibit's pieces come from the Reading Public Museum's permanent collection in Pennsylvania, and flow geographically to represent communes from Connecticut to California. Aimee Marcereau DeGalan, DAI curator of collections and exhibits, calls them emotional and escapist.
"They're distinctly American, and take us away from the daily life to places where people are herding sheep, and I think people like that," she said.
Here's a few that will sweep you up into dreams of long balmy nights and pastoral pastimes.