Vicki French Smith, a local artist and Darien Arts Center instructor, is displaying her plein air paintings at the Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road, through Oct. 21.

Smith, who is an award-winning oil painter and watercolorist, has studied at the Yard School of Art, Ducret University, Center for Visual Arts and Silvermine School of Art, and is one of the Wilson Avenue Loft Artists.

Smith creates plein air landscapes and seascapes in watercolor, oil and monotypes. Her work has been viewed in boutiques along the New Jersey Shore, libraries, private collections and various galleries. She is co-president of Fairfield Plein Air Painters, a member of the Rowayton Arts Center and has served on the board of Silvermine Arts Center.

Her latest studies of landscapes have been in the Loire Valley, Provence and Normandy, France, and Lake Como and Tuscany, Italy. She also has a PBS series called "Landscape through Time with David Dunlop."

Since she moved to Darien 16 years ago, she has been teaching children, high school students and adults.

"Painting and photography has opened a new world to me," she said. "I see things through new eyes. Photography captures the memory and painting lets me relive the experiences of my travels through recreating, reinterpreting and reinventing all the places I love. My hope is to pass these rewards of inspiration on to others."

Smith is teaching "Fresh Applications of Traditional Techniques" on Tuesday mornings at the DAC, where contemporary and traditional techniques will overlap, using oil, acrylic and watercolor. Demonstrations will encompass the development of landscape painting for all levels of adult students using their choice of medium.

Smith will also be teaching several workshops, including "Modern Day Abstract Expressionist Painting," "Paint with Your Mom" and on Friday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. "Pizza and Painting," a family night for ages 8 and up. Family members will enjoy pizza while learning skills of master painters.

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