Friday, September 27, 2013

"Main Street USA" In Progress, Parade in Warrenton

"Main Street USA" work in progress (parade to come), oil, 20"h x 16"w, ©Jill Banks 2013
Main Street just might be the theme of the week.

Delivery day to Warrenton, VA ... of three paintings to Berkley Gallery for the Fine Art Professionals of Northern Virginia exhibit could have been today or tomorrow. Because a parade was scheduled for tomorrow morning, I chose this afternoon -- loading the car with paintings and all my art supplies to take advantage of this new location for some plein air work. Just in case.

What a terrific gallery ... filled with wonderful art! Jill Poyerd -- the mastermind and mover-shaker for the Fine Art Professionals group selected a great spot for our first exhibit together. Way to go! This Friday is the opening reception ... Berkley Gallery, October 4, 6 to 9pm at 31 Main Street, Warrenton, VA.  The show continues through October 15.

The signs where I parked my car warned that the spaces needed to be vacated by 4pm. The same sign was plastered all down the street.  Guess why?  The Homecoming parade was heading down Main Street at 5pm. It seems that a parade was part of my destiny.

I set up to paint around 4:30, finding a spot that was at least out of the way for pedestrians. A half hour wasn't enough time to paint the background ... and indicate the growing crowd plus parade as it passed through town.  But I had PLENTY of visitors, received cheers, thumbs up and calls of "Nice Painting!!!" from the floats and enjoyed the fun of Main Street on a special day.

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Lots -- see the events page on my website.  Thanks!

ArtSpace Herndon
750 Center Street
Herndon, VA
13 original oils on view.

117 Church Street
Frederick, MD

13 original works on view on the 3rd floor, end of the hallway in this extreme pop-up gallery.
September 4 to October 5. Open Wednesdays through Sundays.

Inaugural Exhibition Fine Art Professionals of Northern Virginia
Berkley Gallery
31 Main Street
Warrenton, VA

Three of my pieces on view. 28 artists. Exhibit through October 15

5th Annual Portrait Expressions Regional Juried Exhibition
ArtSpace Herndon
750 Center Street
Herndon, VA
"Contrapposto" was chosen as a finalist

MPA McLean Artfest Outdoor Juried Art Show
Under a tent in McLean Community Park, McLean, VA at the corner of Old Dominion Drive and Dolley Madison Blvd.  Lots to see!! 49 artists. Rain or shine.

Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club's Benefit Reception for the Metropolitan Museum of Art
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park, NYC. 117th Annual Open Exhibition of CLWAC.   Exhibit October 1-25.

Great Falls Annual Studio Tour -- Celebrating 10 Years!
See me at the Artists' Atelier, the studio I share with 14 other artists at 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA. We join the 60 artists opening up our studios for the weekend, talking about our processes, tools, and hoping to inspire the artist in you in this FREE, self-guided tour throughout the streets of Great Falls.  

Coffee Break 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," "Coffee or Tea?," "Cup of Tea," and "Not Picasso." Through September 15.

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