Friday, March 24, 2017

Telluride and Bucks County Plein Air: Here I Come!

"Riding High," oil, 24"h x 12"w, ©2015 Jill Banks

 Telluride Plein Air 2017


I'll be heading back to Telluride Colorado this Summer as one of 20+ artists selected to paint for the week in this fantastic town for Telluride Plein Air. 

See who else will be painting in the 14th annual Telluride Plein Air from June 28 to July 4, 2017 here.

While most of my pieces painted during the previous trip have been snatched up by collectors -- some wonderful ones are still available and can be viewed on my website (or in person -- if you're in the metro DC area).

"Riding High"
"Parks and Recreation"
"Heart of Telluride"
"Mountain Time"

Painting in Telluride in 2015. This is the start of "Mountain Time"
 Get more info about Telluride Plein Air on my website's Events page here.

Bucks County Plein Air 2017

In June after the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show (June 2-4, 2017), I'll continue to "hang out" in the neighborhood -- joining 49 other painters for the Second Annual Bucks County Plein Air competition (June 5-11, 2017) in the Philadelphia countryside.

Looking forward to both events, plenty of painting, fun, hard work, meeting new people and forming some new friendships.

Also, En Plein Air Texas really taught me a ton last year. I plan on applying lessons learned to painting outdoors on adventures close to home until these big events.

Those lessons are apt to be passed along in my Plein Air Landscape class coming up in mid-April.  Want to join it?  See below for more info. We paint on location around the metro DC area.  Lots of fun ... plus some challenges.

And, a Few Friendly Reminders...

Spring Classes are Open For Registration

Classes are taught through the Arts of Great Falls School at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA.  Spring class listings including Evening Paint, Plein Air Landscape and Still Life Plus are on my web site.  Have any questions, please email me at  See my listing of all classes here:

Now might be a good time to register. Make sure there's a spot for you this Spring.

Upcoming Spring Art Events Officially on the Calendar for 2017 
Hope you'll mark your calendars.
March 14-April 9: "No Place Like Home" juried exhibit, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon VA. Reception: Sunday, March 19, 3-5pm. Get more info on that exhibit here.  "Persimmons in the Kitchen" won Best in Show.
April 22-23: Arlington Festival of the Arts, Arlington, VA (more info to come)
April 29-30: Fairfax Fine Art Festival, Fairfax Corners, VA (more info to come)
April 29-30: Great Falls Spring Art Festival at the Atelier (756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA) and the Grange/Schoolhouse plus more.  My work will be at the Atelier and hopefully I'll have a helper to greet you -- but see me at the Fairfax Fine Art Festival at my booth.
May 20-21: Northern Virginia Fine Art Festival, Reston, VA
June 2-4: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Festival, Philadelphia, PA
June 5-11: Bucks County Plein Air, PA
June 28-July 4: Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO

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


Best in Show -- BoldBrush Painting Competition, September 2016 for "Daily Special" -- out of 1440 entries.  More info on the competition here.

Finalist -- Sedona Art Prize, January 2017 for "Scene at the Bar" -- see the 12 Top Paintings selected by artist Robert Burridge here:

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"Parks and Recreation," oil, 16"h x 12"w, ©2015 Jill Banks painted in Telluride

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