Local Artist Participates in Meridian Art Week for Fourth Year
Bonnie Zahn Griffith Looks Forward to Painting and Teaching During This Year’s Art Week
By Veronica LeMaster
Meridian Art Week is quickly approaching, and we can’t wait to celebrate the arts for an entire week. From September 3-7, several businesses in downtown Meridian will be filled with art from local artists, as well as art activities, demonstrations, and instructors. The event is organized by Meridian Arts Commission Members and former Arts Commission Members. Out of the many Arts Commission Members participating in Meridian Art week, Bonnie Zahn Griffith will be partaking in her fourth year as a commissioner and an artist.
Bonnie Zahn Griffith is a local artist at Crooked Creek Studio in Meridian and specializes in “en plein air” painting, working in oils and pastels. “En plein air” is the term used for the act of painting outdoors. Griffith most often completes the painting in one sitting, which is known as alla prima.
“[En plein air is] a manner or a style of painting developed chiefly in France in the mid-19th century using natural light and atmosphere as opposed to the production of art in a studio using artificial light and photos,” Griffith said.
Griffith will be painting en plein air during the evenings of Art Week with other local artists. She will also be teaching basic techniques using alcohol-based inks on Saturday.
Being a member of the Events and Outreach committee of the Commission, Griffith also helps organize the week’s activities and will be participating in the “Art Drop” as an artist. The “Art Drop” is small 2D or 3D works of art hidden by artist in the downtown Meridian area for the community to find and claim.
While Griffith is excited to paint and instruct the community, she also can’t wait for all the fun activities that take place during Art Week. The week will be filled with fun interactive art related activities for kids and adults throughout the week. On Saturday, kids and adults alike can compete in the chalk art competition. Another fun activity, “Meridian Paints,” allows participants to select a part of a photo of the city and then paint that square in the corresponding square of a large panel. Once complete, the painting of the individual square will complete the image from the photo and be displayed in the Initial Point Gallery at City Hall.
“There is so much more planned with the Children’s Theater and possible dance activities, as well as written arts such as a song writing workshop,” Griffith said.
As an artist and a member of the community, Griffith believes it’s important to be involved in Meridian Art Week.
“For me personally, as an advocate of arts and art education, I am happy to be a member of the Meridian Arts Commission and be able to share my craft with the general public as well as champion other genres of the arts for community enrichment and education,” Griffith said.