In association with its new exhibition, Bluebonnets and Beyond: Julian Onderdonk, American Impressionist, the Stark Museum of Art has teamed with Lamar State College-Orange to offer Painting in the Landscape, a free continuing education workshop to be offered in the spring 2009 semester.

Both beginning and practiced artists are invited to participate in the workshop, which will be held 2-4:30 p.m., every Saturday from Feb. 28 through March 21, with scheduled participation on March 28. The workshop will begin with a tour and discussion of Bluebonnets and Beyond: Julian Onderdonk, American Impressionist. Workshop participants will paint outdoors in selected locations during the next three Saturday sessions. The workshop concludes with Art in the Park on Saturday, March 28, when participants will display their paintings with fellow local artists.

Painting in the Landscape will be led by instructor Amelia Wiggins, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and currently works as educator for public programs at the Stark Museum of Art. Wiggins encourages interested locals to sign up for the painting workshop, saying, “I hope that area painters will take inspiration from the work of Julian Onderdonk and gather to make art together in the fresh air.”

Registration information can be found on the Lamar State College-Orange website,, or by calling 409.882.3321. Participants will be responsible for providing their own supplies. A list of suggested materials is available upon request.

The Onderdonk exhibit is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and is on view at the Stark Museum of Art Feb. 10 through May 24.  Onderdonk (1882-1922) is primarily known for his portrayal of the Texas bluebonnet, though he explored various landscape scenes throughout his career. He traveled to New York to study art with the revered American artist and teacher William Merritt Chase before returning home to Texas to continue painting.

The exhibit includes works Onderdonk painted while attending Chase’s summer school in Long Island as well as other scenes he experienced during his life in New York and Texas. Also on view will be works by Chase, and a portrait of Onderdonk by his father, Robert Jenkins Onderdonk, who also studied under Chase and imparted some of his knowledge to Julian Onderdonk’s early childhood studies.

Located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, the Stark Museum of Art is open to the public at no charge Tuesday through Saturday. Hours are from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Group tours are available by appointment. For more information call 409.886.ARTS (2787) or visit