Sunday, September 4, 2016

"Lunch With Emma at Five Months" Plus Paint Great Falls, Friday Art Walk, Free Demo

What I really need to do is get a newsletter out ... too much news for a post.  If you are a subscriber, look for it tomorrow.

"Lunch with Emma at Five Months," oil, 8"h x 8"w, ©2016 Jill Banks
After running behind on my portrait a month of granddaughter Emma schedule by a few days, guess who popped up on my easel today. Two weeks ago, my parents, Randy and I made a quick partial day visit to have "lunch" with wonderful Emma and her mom and dad -- son Sam and daughter-in-law Michelle. Our timing was such that Emma had just barely fallen asleep for a nap upon our arrival so we waited to see her. She's so worth the wait. What a treat for us all!

And last night Randy and I went out to dinner with my parents to celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary. The year prior my Dad was being released from the hospital after his second back surgery and a whole string of trials, difficulties, complications were to follow. What a joy to see the two of them full of blessings to count today. Me, too!

"Beach Flowers," oil, 11"h x 14"w, ©2016 Jill Banks. Another plein air painting from Long Beach Island, NJ
William Merritt Chase Exhibit at the Phillips Collection
Go see it! The exhibit of Chase's work closes in Washington DC on September 11, 2016. I left the museum today incredibly inspired.

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.

CALL FOR ARTISTS -- There's Still Time to JOIN in the Fun!

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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