"In Conversations with Nature," a solo exhibit of plein air landscapes by Syracuse artist Nikolay Mikushkin, will be on display at the Schweinfurth Art Center from Aug. 27 to Oct. 16, 2022. Mikushkin is a Kazakhstan native who studied art in Russia and emigrated to the United States in 1996.

“I consider myself a plein air landscape artist, with my work unified from this special and original dialogue that I have with nature,” Mikushkin says in his artist’s statement. “I have always been driven and fascinated by the rural environment. From searching for the perfect location for my paintings, to the rush of adrenaline when the weather shifts, I have not stopped painting the outdoors for the past 40 years.”

An opening reception will be held 5 to 7:30 pm Aug. 27 at the Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn. The event is free.

The galleries are open 10am to 5pm Wednesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5pm Sundays. Regular admission costs $10 per person, and $15 per person for a joint admission ticket for the Schweinfurth and the Cayuga Museum of History & Art next door.