Friday, February 17, 2017

"Big Oil" and a Grand Opening

Just finished: "Big Oil," oil on linen-lined panel, 12"h x 16"w, ©2017 Jill Banks

I've been painting all day ... just a little on "Big Oil" featuring a very large bottle of Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil ... and now I'm late putting up this post. Hopefully it makes it into your mailbox Friday night.

This was one of the four or five still lifes I install around the classroom for my Tuesday Still Life Plus class. The class keeps me very busy ... so to paint this I had to take advantage of the time between my morning and evening class ... forgoing a usually much-needed nap.

The weird name -- "Big Oil" -- proves that my brain has plenty of time for odd thoughts while standing at the easel. 

Saturday, February 18, 11am to 3pm in Great Falls Virginia
Grand Opening of TD Bank
9901 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Virginia

"St. Patrick's Day," oil, 12"h x 16"w, ©2016 Jill Banks
Two of my pieces: "St. Patrick's Day" and "Moon Glow" are on exhibit for the Grand Opening and through February 27 in their new art wall.  But that's not the big deal. (Apparently, I'm into the word "Big" today.)

The community is invited to come and enjoy festive music, family fun, toasty treats and more in their cozy winter village. Be among the first to preview their Petite Art Gallery featuring original works from local artists in Great Falls Studios. Stop by and join the celebration! FREE

CHARITABLE SUPPORT -- To support their new community, TD Bank has chosen The Arts of Great Falls charitable foundation to donate $150 for every account opened at the Great Falls Branch in the first 30 days.  Those funds will really help make Great Falls an even more artful place.  Please spread the word!      

SWEEPSTAKES -- Enter in the branch for a chance to win an original Begoña Morton Commissioned Oil Painting of “The Great Falls”. Two (2) winners will be selected, drawing will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 and Sunday, March 19, 2017. Approximate retail value: $2,700.00 each. Official sweepstakes rules are available at TD Bank, Great Falls Branch.

Artist Atelier Open Hours on Saturday, September 18, 10am to 2pm.  Come see the show in the Gallery plus lots in my studio space at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA.  All in the Village Centre!
There is  a new show in the Gallery/School. Consider taking a look during open hours in February -- on Saturdays, 10am to 2pm and Wednesdays, noon to 4pm at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA.  Please stop in for a visit!

Two Art Fairs Officially on the Calendar for 2017 
Acceptances have started to roll in ... Hope you'll mark your calendars.
May 20-21: Northern Virginia Fine Art Festival, Reston, VA
June 2-4: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Festival, Philadelphia, PA

Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!


Best in Show -- BoldBrush Painting Competition September 2016 for "Daily Special" -- Hip Hooray! More info here.  

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