JACKSON HOLE, WYO \u2013 The National Elk Refuge will welcome back members of the Teton Plein Air Painters to the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center on Tuesday, May 30. The painters will use the wetlands site as artistic inspiration while sharing their craft with others.\r\n\r\nThe painting session is scheduled from 9 am\u00a0to 12 pm,\u00a0allowing the artists to paint when natural light is best. Visitors are encouraged to observe and ask questions of the artists while they create their artwork.\r\n\r\nEn plein air\u00a0is a French expression meaning \u201cin the open air\u201d and is used to describe painting done in an outdoor setting. The artists paint in a natural light setting, using color to define form. Depending on the light and weather, plein air paintings are generally done in one session. Artists may add final touches to their work once they\u2019re back in the studio.\r\n\r\nThe Teton Plein Air Painters have used the backdrop of the National Elk Refuge for several years, including sessions at both the Visitor Center and the historic Miller House. Typically, 10 to 14 people are on-site to paint during the Refuge outings. Art mediums include oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pen and ink.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe always enjoy our opportunities to paint on the National Elk Refuge,\u201d said Bobbi Miller, co-facilitator for the group. \u201cThe Visitor Center is a very casual setting where it\u2019s easy for guests come outside and visit with us while we paint,\u201d she added.\r\n\r\nTeton Plein Air Painters is comprised of a group of artists who meet once a week from May through October in the Jackson Hole area. Starting with two people during the summer of 2012, the group now has a membership of over 170 artists and has merged with the Art Association of Jackson Hole to facilitate communication and growing interest in the organization.