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The Fort Mandan Visitor Center at Washburn will be displaying artwork by the Prairie Plein Air Artists beginning Saturday.

Plein air painting is French for “open air." Artists are outside and paint a subject or scenery in roughly two hours, to avoid natural light changing the the look of the subject.

The Prairie Plein Air Artists formed in 2013 when a group of Dakota artists came together to begin painting outdoors. The artists travel around the state.

The artwork going on display at Fort Mandan was created on site and captures its unique features, including the fort, tepee and surrounding area. The exhibit will remain on display for the rest of the summer. The artwork is available for purchase.

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