Sunday, September 07, 2008


"Transmodernocean," curated by my good friend J.W. Mahoney opened last week in Norfolk's Mayer Fine Art and will host an artists and curator reception on Sept. 13, from 6-9PM. The exhibition runs through Sept. 22.

Mahoney has selected work by Ian Chase, Sheila Giolitti, Betsy Packard, Jeffry Smith, Champneys Taylor, Paul Thomas, Charles Winstead and himself.

Paint Annapolis

You may recall how excited I was about Plein Air Easton earlier this summer (where I was a featured speaker), and I've now just found out about the Seventh Annual "Paint Annapolis," an event taking place the weekend of 18-21 in Annapolis, MD.

Included in Paint Annapolis is "Dueling Brushes," a Saturday morning open air painting competition which brings more than 75 artists to downtown Annapolis to paint from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 20. Right after they are finished and framed, judging starts at noon at Susan Campbell Park at City Dock, where artwork will be for sale right off the artists' easels and if my Easton experiences repeat here, most of them will fly off the easels. The juror is Mark Karnes, a professor at Maryland Institute College of Art for almost 30 years. If you want to register for this event, the deadline is Sept. 19 and details are here.

All through the weekend, members of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and area high school art students will join the 30 juried artists in this event and all of them will paint throughout the weekend and then hang their wet and framed canvases at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts for exhibition, judging and sales on Sept. 21.

On that day, a ticketed VIP "Collectors' Preview" champagne reception will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Chaney Gallery. At 4PM the general public gets a crack at the paintings and they can cast their vote for the "People's Choice" award and attend the public reception, which is free, from 4 to 6 p.m.

An information tent will be located by the Market House, and schedule updates can be found at

If you want to get a taste of plein air panting, check out the below video from the similar plein air event in beautiful Easton, Maryland earlier this summer.