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The 100 block of North Prince Street where artists will be working in front of galleries during Saturday's plein air showcase. (Photo from the 2018 event.)

Painting ‘en plein air’ - in the open air or outside - means different things to different artists.

For some it’s a lesson in discipline. Capturing the light before it changes, or just battling the heat or fatigue while staying the course.

For others, it’s a privilege, an almost spiritual oneness with the landscape.

And for others it’s something in between the two extremes.

But for the rest of us - the ones who are NOT behind the canvas - it’s generally a source of a great deal of interest.

Just what is that artist painting? It’s almost impossible to keep from trying to sneak a peak.

Getting a glimpse of the creative process will be easy in downtown Lancaster Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the second En Plein Air event hosted by Lancaster City Art Galleries & Museums.

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Liz Hess paints during the 2018 En Plein Air event downtown.

The list of galleries hosting an artist painting outdoors is not yet complete, but a walk downtown is sure to lead you to some artists souls willing to brave the heat.

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If you’re more interested in doing than watching, you might want to check out the Plein Air event happening at the Lancaster County Central Park on Saturday morning.

Participants will have a brief introduction to Impressionism, create color wheels and use the park’s natural beauty as inspiration to paint.

That event happens from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and reservations are required by Friday noon. Admission is $3. Call 717-295-2055 to register or visit