Friday, September 2, 2016

"Lazy Days" One of Four in "Island Life"

"Lazy Days," oil, 12"h x 16"w, ©2016 Jill Banks is one of four paintings heading to the "Island Life" exhibition on Long Beach Island, NJ that opens September 9

Four packages were weighed, sealed and sent today ... on their way to Long Beach Island, New Jersey for the "Island Life" exhibition that opens September 9. 35 artists ... including me, were invited to paint the Island as part of the inaugural Plein Air Plus painting competition juried by Nancy Tankersley. I was there twice this summer, capturing various scenes. "Lazy Days" was painted on my last day there. A lazy day for the boat and flowers, but not for me.

The other three to be included in the show will be posted here over the next few days. There's something special about this set of four. It wasn't easy to say the least ... but I'm proud of effort and results. Long Beach Island is an incredibly beautiful place, full of interesting charm.

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
NEW! Portrait Painting Three Day Workshop -- November 4-6, 2016.

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 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.

Lots of Art Events and News
Right around the bend...
CALL FOR ARTISTS: September 7-10, 2016: Paint Great Falls Plein Air Competition, Great Falls, VA. Spread the word!
September 9: Friday Art Walk in the Village, 6-9pm at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA
September 10: Free Plein Air Painting Demo, noon-3pm near 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA. RSVP to if you think you'll be able to make that event.
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.
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
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