Market Maven Musings: Plein Air Pretty

By Heather Brown | 24 Jul, 2012

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, one of the unique aspects of Pearl Market is that urban feel – a farmers’ market that springs up each week in to the heart of downtown. The bustlin’ traffic, the cement facades and the metal fire escapes make for an interesting backdrop to the amazing colors our farmers provide with their goods. And it’s all about to get a lot more colorful thanks to The Central Ohio Plein Air Society.

Pop-up paintings, small in size but powerful in content, are being painted on the side of buildings, all in an effort to give Downtown Columbus a boost of hue. Twenty-four are scheduled in all, with sites scattered around the High, Long, Broad and Pearl Alley areas. The Plein Air artists have been asked to create their portraits from the vantage point of where their piece is painted. Look for one of these paintings in Pearl Alley on the south wall across from Ringside Cafe, a much welcomed tapestry to our back street. More pop-up painting locations can be found here.

I can’t say enough about the quality of produce our farmers are representing these days, especially the tomatoes. One of my favorite summertime dishes to serve is Slow-Roasted Balsamic Tomatoes. Just slice or quarter these vine-ripened beauties, drizzle with a good quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar, sprinkle with sea salt and let them roast in the oven at 250 degrees for three to four hours. They come out sweet and soft with a bit of tang from the balsamic. Plate up with some goat cheese and fresh herbs, both of which can also be found at Pearl Market, and enjoy! 

Take some time out of your busy schedule this week to stroll around and enjoy some new art. The city is now your gallery, and as always, Get Downtown!