Saturday, June 1, 2013

Cumberland Days

"Two Tents," Quick Draw painting, oil, 10"h x 8"w, © Jill Banks 2013
This morning was the Mountain Maryland Plein Air Quick Draw in Cumberland.  I finally found the perfect spot, shielded from sunlight by a cover of trees, breeze blowing, music in the air.  "Two Tents" was the result of two hours of painting. 

Before the Quick Draw, I handed in two paintings for the exhibit and judging at the Saville Gallery.  I had to choose from the four created in the last three days ... and my choices were "Chase Street" and "Cumberland Crossings." "Chase Street" was painted on Wednesday afternoon, standing on the corner of Washington and Chase Streets.  I thoroughly enjoyed that day -- getting to meet many of the neighbors with thumbs up from motorists and passerbys.

"Chase Street," oil, 16"h x 12"w, © Jill Banks 2013
"Cumberland Crossings was painted Friday morning along a bike path near Canal Place.  So many modes of transportation come together and through Cumberland. As a painter, they offered me lots of fun diagonals.

Those two paintings will be on exhibit at the Saville Gallery until June 16.

Other paintings from the week and my scouting day here in Cumberland are shown below.

It's been a fun and tiring time here.  I've enjoyed meeting Cumberland residents, fellow artists, my host family and the folks at the Allegany Arts Council. 

I managed to make it onto the front page of the Cumberland Times on Thursday -- which helped make me feel like a celebrity for the day.  Well, sort of.  Ken Nolan, a Times Reporter, had interviewed and photographed me Tuesday night -- sketching to get ideas for the following day's painting session.

"Cumberland Crossings," oil, 12"h x 16"w, ©Jill Banks 2013
"City Lights," oil, 20"h x 16"w, ©Jill Banks 2013
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Mountain Maryland Plein Air
Participating as one of 30 juried artists from around the country to paint Allegheny and Garrett Counties in Maryland, May 29 to June 1. Quick Draw on Saturday, June 1, 10am-Noon.  Reception: Saturday, June 1, 6-8pm, Saville Gallery, Cumberland, MD. Exhibit of Artwork from Mountain Maryland Plein Air continues June 1 through June 16 at Saville Gallery

"New Works" Exhibit: the Artists' Atelier Gallery, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, noon to 4pm through June 7. On view in the
"Cumberland Station," oil, 16"h x 20"w, ©Jill Banks 2013  
gallery: "Ballerinas I," "Ballerinas II" and "Red Pillow." 

Solo Show at Greenberry's Coffee & Tea
6839 Redmond Drive, McLean, VA 22101
(703) 821-9501
Exhibit of six paintings including "Two Kittens," "Traffic Patterns," "Primary Colors," "Spanish Steps," "Second & Pine Streets," and "Sunlight, Sunflowers and Orange." Through June 30.

"Rollercoaster Hills," 8"h x 6"w, ©Jill Banks 2013

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