Saturday, October 1, 2016

From Fort Wayne to McLean: Art

"Pears and Pink," oil, 10"h x 8"w, ©2016 Jill Banks. Just painted.
Home again.

Husband Randy and I flew to Indianapolis, then drove to Fort Wayne, Indiana to attend the opening reception for the Oil Painters of America Salon Show held at the extraordinarily beautiful Castle Gallery there in Fort Wayne. It was a truly magical evening with the gallery filled with beautiful art (300+) paintings, gracious gallery owners, good spirit, and many of the top names in the oil painting artist arena.

I'm so happy to have attended.  My main "take" was how in the world would the awards juror make sense of 300 topnotch paintings spread out over three floors hung in every nook and cranny?

My painting "Janssen's Market" did not win an award there other than the honor of hanging with so many other amazing works by artists who poured their hearts and talents into their offerings ... just like me.
"Janssen's Market" middle top row at the Castle Gallery for the OPA show in Fort Wayne

Sunday, October 2, 10am to 5pm is the McLean MPA Arfest.

Join Me and 51 other artist is McLean, VA on the corner of Route 123 and Old Dominion Drive for a celebration of art.  I'll be waiting for you!

Jill Banks

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

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 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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