Thursday, August 25, 2016

See You at Shadyside: The Art Festival on Walnut Street?

Here's a sneak peek at one of the walls in my booth at the Shadyside Art Festival in Pittsburgh this weekend, August 27 & 28

I'll be in Booth #80 on Walnut Street.  Hope to see you there!
Shadyside: The Art Festival on Walnut Street in Pittsburgh PA.
Saturday, August 27, 10am to 7pm
Sunday, August 28, 10am to 5pm

More for Shadyside
Register for Classes taught through the Arts of Great Falls in Virginia
Get more info on classes with a link to register for each class below.
Evening Paint -- Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm -- starts September 20
Still Life Plus -- Tuesdays, 10:30am to 1:30pm
-- starts September 20 
Painting the Plein Air Landscape -- Thursdays, 9:30am to 2:00pm, starts September 22. Classes are held in various locations throughout Northern Virginia.

Paint Great Falls Plein Air Competition -- September 7-10

The Arts of Great Falls is also sponsoring Paint Great Falls -- a Plein Air Painting Competition -- September 7-10 with two receptions: Friday Art Walk, 6-9pm on September 9 and the Awards Reception on Saturday, September 10, 6:30-8:30pm.  Participants need to register  ($30).  I'm the judge this year and am looking forward to seeing all the entries. First place is $500 plus awards will be given for 2nd, 3rd and People's Choice. Get more info on the event here.  Calling all collectors, too. The gallery will be filled with works fresh off the easel depicting Great Falls on September 9 and September 10.

Free Plein Air Painting Demonstration -- Saturday, September 10, Noon-3pm

And, I'll be giving a free plein air painting demonstration on Saturday, September 10, noon to 3pm. RSVP to jill@jillbanks.com if you think you'll be able to make that event. Weather permitting, that demo will take place outside near the school at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA 22066.

More at Shadyside

Lots of Art Events and News
Right around the bend...

August 27-28: Shadyside: the Art Festival on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA
September 9-October 24: "Island Life" Exhibition of work by artists juried to paint in the inaugural Long Beach Island Plein Air competition, Long Beach Island Foundation, Loveladies, NJ. (Those paintings are "under wraps" until submitted to the exhibition. Shhhhh. Except for four extras...)
September 17-18: King Street Art Festival, Alexandria, VA
September 24-25: Armonk 55th Annual Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, NY
September 30-October 29: Oil Painters of America Salon Show, Castle Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana. "Janssen's Market" selected for this prestigious show.
Sunday, October 2: McLean MPA Artfest, McLean Community Park, McLean, VA
October 14-16: Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, Great Falls, VA
 
Featured Artist for the Month of August: FineArtVirginia.com
Wonderful article spotlighting my work and inspiration just up until the end of August.To see the Featured Artist section, go to www.fineartvirginia.com ... and click on Featured Artist on the top navigation bar OR you can access it directly here. The Month's almost over ... take a look if you haven't already.

Thanks for reading!

Jill

Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com
(Please like that page if you like it...)

Monday, August 22, 2016

"Evening By the Lake" Plein Air Painting

"Evening By The Lake," oil, 12"h x 16"w, ©2016 Jill Banks -- painted 8/22/16
Gorgeous day with a few hours spent capturing fountain and folks at Lake Anne in Reston, Virginia. I plan on painting a large piece capturing some of the magic seen here recently. While this is a painting in itself (I like it ... do you?), it is also part of my pondering process. Let's see where this goes.

Classes are starting to fill ... have you signed up?
Register for Fall Classes -- Still Life, Evening Paint and The Plein Air Landscape
I'll be offering three classes this Fall taught through the Arts of Great Falls School (Great Falls, VA.) Information is up and registration live on all three classes. Email me with any questions at jill@jillbanks.com.
Tuesdays, 10:30am to 1:30pm
Starting September 20
Tuesdays, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Starting September 20
Thursdays, 9:30am to 2:00pm (although times will vary a little)
Starting September 22 -- One half hour longer to allow for more instruction, critiques each class.
Classes fill quickly.
All levels welcome. Media: oils. Is this your time to take a class?
Call for Artists:
September 7-10, 2016: Paint Great Falls Plein Air Competition, Great Falls, VA. Sign up now -- follow the link. I'll be judging the competition this year and hope you'll sign up and show me your work.  Participants will also have the chance to exhibit a piece in the gallery for our popular First Friday Art Walk in the Village reception on September 9, 6-9pm. 40 artists accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Top prize: $500.

Lots of Art Events and News
Right around the bend...
August 27-28: Shadyside: the Art Festival on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA
September 9-October 24: "Island Life" Exhibition of work by artists juried to paint in the inaugural Long Beach Island Plein Air competition, Long Beach Island Foundation, Loveladies, NJ. (Those paintings are "under wraps" until submitted to the exhibition. Shhhhh. Except for four extras...)
September 17-18: King Street Art Festival, Alexandria, VA
September 24-25: Armonk 55th Annual Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, NY
September 30-October 29: Oil Painters of America Salon Show, Castle Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana. "Janssen's Market" selected for this prestigious show.
Sunday, October 2: McLean MPA Artfest, McLean Community Park, McLean, VA
October 14-16: Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, Great Falls, VA
 
Featured Artist for the Month of August: FineArtVirginia.com
Wonderful article spotlighting my work and inspiration just up until the end of August.To see the Featured Artist section, go to www.fineartvirginia.com ... and click on Featured Artist on the top navigation bar OR you can access it directly here.

Thanks for reading!

Jill

Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com
(Please like that page if you like it...)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

"Cantaloupes and Cow" New Still Life plus Fall Classes and Paint Great Falls

"Cantaloupes and Cow," oil, 20"h x 16"w, ©2016 Jill Banks
Hopefully, I'll quickly be packing in a bunch of info on this post.

"Cantaloupes and Cow" was what occupied my easel and windowsill at the Artists' Atelier today (756 Walker Road, Great Falls VA) during open hours and well beyond.  It took me about one-and-a-half-hours before finalizing the setup. I think there's some odd story lurking.

Great day. I enjoyed a diversion from landscape to still life. Loved the comraderie of several studiomates. Cool air conditioning and a really enjoyable late lunch break from painting with Randy where I soaked up some scenery that will be inspiration for at least one painting to come. Can't ask for more than that.

Call for Artists:
September 7-10, 2016: Paint Great Falls Plein Air Competition, Great Falls, VA. Sign up now -- follow the link. I'll be judging the competition this year and hope you'll sign up and show me your work.  Participants will also have the chance to exhibit a piece in the gallery for our popular First Friday Art Walk in the Village reception on September 9, 6-9pm. 40 artists accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Top prize: $500.

Lots of Art Events and News
Right around the bend...
August 27-28: Shadyside: the Art Festival on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA
September 9-October 24: "Island Life" Exhibition of work by artists juried to paint in the inaugural Long Beach Island Plein Air competition, Long Beach Island Foundation, Loveladies, NJ. (Those paintings are "under wraps" until submitted to the exhibition. Shhhhh. Except for four extras...)
September 17-18: King Street Art Festival, Alexandria, VA
September 24-25: Armonk 55th Annual Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, NY
September 30-October 29: Oil Painters of America Salon Show, Castle Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana. "Janssen's Market" selected for this prestigious show.
Sunday, October 2: McLean MPA Artfest, McLean Community Park, McLean, VA
October 14-16: Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, Great Falls, VA

Register for Fall Classes -- Still Life, Evening Paint and The Plein Air Landscape
I'll be offering three classes this Fall taught through the Arts of Great Falls School (Great Falls, VA.) Information is up and registration live on all three classes. Email me with any questions at jill@jillbanks.com.
Tuesdays, 10:30am to 1:30pm
Starting September 20
Tuesdays, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Starting September 20
Thursdays, 9:30am to 2:00pm (although times will vary a little)
Starting September 22 -- One half hour longer to allow for more instruction, critiques each class.
Classes fill quickly.
All levels welcome. Media: oils. Is this your time to take a class?


Featured Artist for the Month of August: FineArtVirginia.com
Wonderful article spotlighting my work and inspiration just up until the end of August.To see the Featured Artist section, go to www.fineartvirginia.com ... and click on Featured Artist on the top navigation bar OR you can access it directly here.

Thanks for reading!

Jill

Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com
(Please like that page if you like it...)

Monday, August 15, 2016

"Late Night Ice Cream Run" Summer Nostalgia

"Late Night Ice Cream Run," oil, 16"h x 12"w, ©2016 Jill Banks

All through painting "Late Night Ice Cream Run," I thought about participating in just such a scene ... so many times with our kids. It's summer.

Where does this painting take you?

Call for Artists:
September 7-10, 2016: Paint Great Falls Plein Air Competition, Great Falls, VA. Sign up now -- follow the link.
Lots of Art Events and News

August 27-28: Shadyside: the Art Festival on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA
September 9-October 24: "Island Life" Exhibition of work by artists juried to paint in the inaugural Long Beach Island Plein Air competition, Long Beach Island Foundation, Loveladies, NJ. (Those paintings are "under wraps" until submitted to the exhibition. Shhhhh. Except for four extras...)
September 17-18: King Street Art Festival, Alexandria, VA
September 24-25: Armonk 55th Annual Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, NY
September 30-October 29: Oil Painters of America Salon Show, Castle Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana. "Janssen's Market" selected for this prestigious show.
Sunday, October 2: McLean MPA Artfest, McLean Community Park, McLean, VA
October 14-16: Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, Great Falls, VA
Register for Fall Classes
I'll be offering three classes this Fall taught through the Arts of Great Falls School (Great Falls, VA.) Information is up and registration live on my two Tuesday classes. Check my classes page in the next week or email me at jill@jillbanks.com if interested in my Thursday daytime class. (More info to come on that shortly.)
Tuesdays, 10:30am to 1:30pm
Starting September 20
Tuesdays, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Starting September 20
Classes fill quickly.
All levels welcome. Media: oils. Is this your time to take a class?
Featured Artist for the Month of August: FineArtVirginia.com
Wonderful article spotlighting my work and inspiration just up until the end of August.To see the Featured Artist section, go to www.fineartvirginia.com ... and click on Featured Artist on the top navigation bar OR you can access it directly here.
Thanks for reading!
Jill
Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com
(Please like that page if you like it...)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

One from Long Beach Island NJ

"Water Watchers," oil, 16"h x 12"w, ©2016 Jill Banks
I'd mentioned that it would be awhile before posting any of my paintings created on Long Beach Island NJ for the Plein Air Plus painting competition that will culminate in an "Island Life" exhibition at the Long Beach Island Foundation. Well, despite lots of long hours painting on one of the Island's beaches, this one needed some help post-Plein Air and won't be one of my four submissions to the exhibition.  So -- I get to show it to you here. Yea!

I painted it on Thursday there. It was a balancing act -- hot weather, talking, painting and painting and painting.  The guard's umbrella has definitely seen better days. Multiple ice cream trucks made stops at the beach every five minutes (it seemed). The day was breezy. A challenge for my easel but a welcome reprieve from just heat.

My last painting created on this second trip of the Summer offered a happy surprise when pulled out  from my wet canvas carrier today. By the time I'd finished ... my eyes were worn out. I hoped it would be a keeper and thankfully it is.  Phew. I've got four paintings that will be happily submitted come September. "Water Watchers" will join three other extras to be rolled out on my blog and web site separate from "Island Life." Can't wait to show them to you.

"Seven Swans," oil, 30"h x 24"w, ©2016 Jill Banks
With the help of one ballerina and her mom, I also finally completed "Seven Swans." Really happy with that, too. Quite a day.

Lots of Art Events and News

June 16-August 15: "Fresh Fare" Solo Exhibit of still life paintings, Great Falls, VA. Click on this link to see the 14 paintings in my "Fresh Fare" solo exhibit on view through August 15, 2016 at Triny's Tex-Mex Grill at 9835 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls, VA.

August 27-28: Shadyside: the Art Festival on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA

September 9-October 24: "Island Life" Exhibition of work by artists juried to paint in the inaugural Long Beach Island Plein Air competition, Long Beach Island Foundation, Loveladies, NJ. (Those paintings are "under wraps" until submitted to the exhibition. Shhhhh. Except for four extras...)

September 7-10, 2016: Paint Great Falls Plein Air Competition, Great Falls, VA

September 17-18: King Street Art Festival, Alexandria, VA

September 24-25: Armonk 55th Annual Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, NY

September 30-October 29: Oil Painters of America Salon Show, Castle Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana. "Janssen's Market" selected for this prestigious show.

Sunday, October 2: McLean MPA Artfest, McLean Community Park, McLean, VA

October 14-16: Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, Great Falls, VA

Register for Fall Classes
I'll be offering three classes this Fall taught through the Arts of Great Falls School (Great Falls, VA.) Information is up and registration live on my two Tuesday classes. Check my classes page in the next week or email me at jill@jillbanks.com if interested in my Thursday daytime class.

Tuesdays, 10:30am to 1:30pm
Starting September 20

Tuesdays, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Starting September 20

Classes fill quickly.
All levels welcome. Media: oils. Is this your time to take a class?

Featured Artist for the Month of August: FineArtVirginia.com
Wonderful article spotlighting my work and inspiration just up until the end of August.To see the Featured Artist section, go to www.fineartvirginia.com ... and click on Featured Artist on the top navigation bar OR you can access it directly here.

Thanks for reading!

Jill

Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com

(Please like that page if you like it...)



Saturday, August 6, 2016

Late Afternoon at "Open Life"

"Open Life" work in progress, oil, 20"h x 16"w, ©2016 Jill Banks
Attending an orientation meeting for the MPAartfest in McLean VA today reminded me that it's a Saturday and -- lo and behold --I am free for the long pose open life.

Yea!

It's a work in progress because I'd like to work on some of the background elements and floor. No model needed for those.

Fun day. First Friday was great. You never know in a summer month in what sometimes seems like a ghost town. Thanks so much to all of you who visited! Please come again.

Fall Classes
Registration and info is up for two of three Fall classes I'm offering at the Arts of Great Falls School in Great Falls, VA.  Take a look here:

Classes fill quickly.
All levels welcome. Media: oils. 
Is this your time to take a class?
The August Email Newsletter
Did you get it? If not, you can subscribe on my website at:  www.JillBanks.com and I'd be glad to send you a copy of the latest if you email me.
Thanks for reading!

Jill

Phone: 703.403.7435
Email: jill@jillbanks.com
Web: www.JillBanks.com
Blog: jillbanks.blogspot.com

EVENTS
September 9  Friday Art Walk in the Village, 6-9pm, Artists' Atelier, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA. The Atelier is also open on Wednesdays, noon to 4pm and Saturdays, 10am to 2pm (or whenever an artist is in there working.) The Art Walk is usually held the First Friday of every month. September is an exception.
June 21-August 15: "Fresh Fare: the Still Life Show" Solo Exhibit, Triny's, Great Falls, VA.  14 of my original still life oil paintings on exhibit at Triny's Tex-Mex Grill in Great Falls.
August 27-28: Shadyside: the Art Festival on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA
September 17-18: King Street Art Festival, Alexandria, VA
September 24-25: Armonk 55th Annual Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, NY
Featured Artist of the Month for August at www.FineArtVirginia.com: Read the Article here


Thursday, August 4, 2016

First Friday Art Walk in the Village, August 5, 6-9pm in Great Falls, VA

See you Friday night?

You're Invited
Friday, August 5, 6-9pm
3 Studios, 27 artists
I'll be at the Artists' Atelier, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA
"First Friday Flowers," oil, 20"h x 16"w, ©2016 Jill Banks will be at First Friday. Will you?
Plus registration and info is up for two of three Fall classes I'm offering at the Arts of Great Falls School in Great Falls, VA.  Take a look here:
Classes fill quickly.
All levels welcome. Media: oils. 

Is this your time to take a class?

The August Email Newsletter
Did you get it? If not, you can subscribe on my website at:  www.JillBanks.com and I'd be glad to send you a copy of the latest if you email me.

Thanks for reading!

Jill

Phone: 703.403.7435
Email: jill@jillbanks.com
Web: www.JillBanks.com
Blog: jillbanks.blogspot.com

EVENTS
COMING UP THIS FRIDAY: August 5:  First Friday Art Walk, 6-9pm, Artists' Atelier, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA. The Atelier is also open on Wednesdays, noon to 4pm and Saturdays, 10am to 2pm (or whenever an artist is in there working.)
June 21-August 15: "Fresh Fare: the Still Life Show" Solo Exhibit, Triny's, Great Falls, VA.  14 of my original still life oil paintings on exhibit at Triny's Tex-Mex Grill in Great Falls.
August 27-28: Shadyside: the Art Festival on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA
September 17-18: King Street Art Festival, Alexandria, VA
September 24-25: Armonk 55th Annual Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, NY
 
Featured Artist of the Month for August at www.FineArtVirginia.com: Read the Article here

Monday, August 1, 2016

Featured Artist of the Month at FineArtVirginia.com

The August Home Page of www.FineArtVirginia.com features a close-up of my painting "Sun and Sea." Scroll down on the home page to access an article featuring my work in the Up Close section.  Only there for one month...

Can't tell you how excited I am about the write-up and images now up in the Up Close Featured Artist section of FineArtVirginia.com, the online home of the Fine Art Professionals of Northern Virginia group. Just two months ago, artist Jill Poyerd unveiled a newly designed web site including some new features like Hot New Art! and the Up Close section to spotlight one artist a month.  She asked in one of the many surveys of the group to launch the new site who would be interested in being featured. I said yes ... happily. It was a lot of work to put together the text -- on my Area of Expertise (what I'm known for), introduce myself and give a peek into my life as an artist. Really, not easy.

I'm curious what you think. Did I capture what differentiates my work from others? Any surprises?

The artists that make up this group are outstanding. So, enjoy exploring the whole site.

To see the Up Close section, go to www.fineartvirginia.com ... then scroll down to see Up Close, click on it and you'll go to the article or you can access it directly here.

Getting ready for this feature article also involved a learning curve. While having been a blogger for many years (8?), I've been reluctant to delve into other social media much. I couldn't even figure out how to send you to any of my pages.


FACEBOOK Fan Page: Please LIKE it if you actually LIKE it.

LINKED IN

INSTAGRAM (Brand New -- Could get interesting)

Life in the Studio Isn't Always Smooth Sailing
Today I decided to paint my studio carpet -- dragging all around Permanent Green Light that was stuck to my shoes -- instead of keeping the paint where it belonged ... on the canvas. Oh boy. It doesn't look good.
Painting in my studio yesterday ... before decorating the carpet with green.
 Thanks for reading!

Jill

Phone: 703.403.7435
Email: jill@jillbanks.com
Web: www.JillBanks.com
Blog: jillbanks.blogspot.com

EVENTS
COMING UP THIS FRIDAY: May through December:  First Friday Art Walk, 6-9pm, Artists' Atelier, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA. The Atelier is also open on Wednesdays, noon to 4pm and Saturdays, 10am to 2pm (or whenever an artist is in there working.)
June 21-August 15: "Fresh Fare: the Still Life Show" Solo Exhibit, Triny's, Great Falls, VA.  14 of my original still life oil paintings on exhibit at Triny's Tex-Mex Grill in Great Falls.
August 27-28: Shadyside: the Art Festival on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA
September 17-18: King Street Art Festival, Alexandria, VA
September 24-25: Armonk 55th Annual Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, NY
 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Granddaughter Emma at Four Months: Baby Portrait

"Emma at Four Months," oil, 8"h x 8"w, ©2016 Jill Banks. Such a sweet girl!
And I'm not biased at all. (Sure.)

To see her three month portrait and that blog post, click here.

More words next time.

Thanks for reading!

Jill

Phone: 703.403.7435
Email: jill@jillbanks.com
Web: www.JillBanks.com
Blog: jillbanks.blogspot.com



EVENTS
May through December:  First Friday Art Walk, 6-9pm, Artists' Atelier, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA. The Atelier is also open on Wednesdays, noon to 4pm and Saturdays, 10am to 2pm (or whenever an artist is in there working.)
June 21-August 15: "Fresh Fare: the Still Life Show" Solo Exhibit, Triny's, Great Falls, VA.  14 of my original still life oil paintings on exhibit at Triny's Tex-Mex Grill in Great Falls.
August 27-28: Shadyside: the Art Festival on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA
September 17-18: King Street Art Festival, Alexandria, VA
September 24-25: Armonk 55th Annual Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, NY

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Almost a Week on Long Beach Island, New Jersey

"Dock Bound and Upside Down," oil, 8"h x 10"w, ©2016 Jill Banks stayed with my gracious hostess during the painting portion of my stay at Long Beach Island

I've been absent from posting for the last week and a half ... thanks to travel to Long Beach Island, New Jersey for the Loveladies Fine Art Festival there last weekend followed by three days of intensive painting for the Long Beach Island Foundation's Plein Air Plus juried competition ... before returning home. The Loveladies Fine Art Festival was hot, as in soaring temperatures, sweating artists, slim crowds braving the elements to look at the art. It was brutal. Those next three days of painting also almost wiped me out. I guess that's why most people enjoy those days actually at the beach ... in the water dressed in beach attire vs. standing at an easel all day.

Still, a couple went home with "Sitting with Statues" from the show ... a definite favorite of mine,
 "Sitting with Statues," oil, 30"h x 40"w, ©2014 Jill Banks found a new home this week.
now residing in their Italian room in Pennsylvania. Of the limited number of art shoppers braving the heat, many were looking for either or both their non-beach residences and island homes. Feedback was terrific and hopefully I've gained some new fans.

My three days of paintings produced five pieces including "Dock Bound and Upside Down." I will be going back -- sometime this month -- for another three days to paint to capture scenes there wasn't time for this trip. In September, I'll choose my four favorites for the "Island Life" exhibition being held there at the Long Beach Island Foundation. Until then, these works will be kept under wraps, unblogged about ... although I think you'll really like them.

Neat Visit Today
A couple came over to our temporarily neat and orderly house, hung carefully with art to get ideas for what they might like to see in a large commissioned painting for their home. The wife has been receiving my emails for a decade, loves my paintings and wants one of them to occupy a vast wall in their home. While she'd have been glad to see my work at the Atelier, I wanted her to have more to look at ... in a home environment, all different sized works to see what she was most drawn to.

Okay, I'm not doing that great with my photos ... but this is what part of the house looked like today pre-visit.
So this was sort of like my annual home show -- but without the list and holiday decorations -- just focused on the art. They went home with one painting for the week -- because they loved it -- to see how it feels. Later, I'll go to their home to join them in figuring out where to go from here.

For any of you regular readers, art shoppers who might like to see my house full of art, less one from today -- drop me an email at jill@jillbanks.com. Don't delay as we'll be back to upside down like my hostess's boat -- in no time.

Accepted into the Oil Painters of America Salon Show 2016
Okay. This IS a big deal. Oil Painters of America holds a National Exhibition, two regional exhibitions (I missed the deadline for the Eastern regional this year) and a Salon Show.  Getting accepted seemed like an impenetrable barrier ... the highest wall.  I kept getting no-tices as in no, no, no. Anyway, from September 30 to October 29,  my piece "Janssen's Market" will join other beautiful works that managed to make it into the yes column at the Castle Gallery Fine Art in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Pretty darn exciting. Since the piece must be available for purchase at the exhibition and the dates seem lightyears away, I won't tempt you with an image of "Janssen's Market." That will remain on the horizon.

Thanks for reading!

Jill

Phone: 703.403.7435
Email: jill@jillbanks.com
Web: www.JillBanks.com
Blog: jillbanks.blogspot.com




EVENTS
May through December:  First Friday Art Walk, 6-9pm, Artists' Atelier, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA. The Atelier is also open on Wednesdays, noon to 4pm and Saturdays, 10am to 2pm (or whenever an artist is in there working.)
June 21-August 15: "Fresh Fare: the Still Life Show" Solo Exhibit, Triny's, Great Falls, VA.  14 of my original still life oil paintings on exhibit at Triny's Tex-Mex Grill in Great Falls.
August 27-28: Shadyside: the Art Festival on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA
September 17-18: King Street Art Festival, Alexandria, VA
September 24-25: Armonk 55th Annual Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, NY