Coner O'Brien

Coner O'Brien

The Mountain Valley Arts Council’s exhibiting artist in October is Conor O’Brien.

O’Brien does impressive plein air work and has also perfected the wooden pallet. All of his Shamrock(TM) Palette Boxes are very light-weight, yet strongly-built, weighing from a little over a pound to a little over four pounds empty. Depending upon the box size and camera tripod, the entire kit weighs from about 5 to 10 pounds. He can be set up and ready to paint in three minutes or less.

O’Brien’s plein air canvases are mostly about  orthern Alabama and southern Tennessee.

“It’s a little difficult to say why I paint about a particular place. For me, the aesthetic considerations when experiencing a location involve more than any 'traditional' sense of beauty, he said. "The abstract shapes of the land and the angles formed by perspective and their juxtaposition to one another interest me. And, there is often some other element about the scene that draws me to it which I can’t explain. To me, there is beauty and interest in every place and thing.” 

They are shown in various regional museums, galleries and in a number of private collections around the country. You can view his boxes at: and his art work at:

The reception will be held on Tuesday, October 8, from 5 until 7 p.m and is free and open to the public. We hope you can join us at the reception and throughout the month to view Mr. O’Brien’s beautiful plein air canvases and wooden palette boxes.

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