I am very pleased to announce that my pastel, "Red Barn at Massey" won Best in Show at the Paint the Town plein air event, which took place in Chestertown, MD, 25 - 28 April. It's particularly meaningful to me because this was a peer award, the result of voting by the 55 participating artists. And at the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters' Association (MAPAPA) on April 6, the plein air piece that I did at Tudor Hall in the morning before the meeting's start won first place. So I am having a good spring! I got started early this year, with a trip to Vermont in mid-March to paint with Charlie Hunter, whose work I greatly admire. It got REALLY cold by the end of the week, but I did a few paintings I am happy with, and I arrived back with all fingers and toes intact.
Two of my colored pencil miniatures have been juried into the Mitchell Gallery's first national small works exhibition, Less is More: Small Works in a Great Space. This show opens on May 30 and runs through June 19. Mitchell Gallery is at 60 College Ave., on the campus of St. John's College in Annapolis. If you don't have a chance to get there, the exhibition is also available on line at http://themitchellgallery.org/sales/ . Also in May, I will be joining other Signature Members of the Maryland Pastel Society exhibiting in our 2013 non-juried show at the Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd, Gaithersburg. Reception is is Tuesday, June 11, from 7 to 8:30 pm. And my colored pencil/mixed media piece "Aquifer," which was juried in to the Colored Pencil Society of America's 9th Annual "Explore This" virtual exhibition, is still available for viewing on the CPSA website.
TEACHING: I am now teaching two courses at the Columbia Association Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. The first is a one-day colored pencil workshop designed to introduce artists to the wide variety of materials and techniques for working with colored pencils. The second is a 6-week session offered on Tuesday mornings that allows students to build on the skills and knowledge acquired in the workshop by working on their own colored pencil projects. The next offering of the 1-day workshop will be on Saturday, June 22; the summer offerings are both Saturdays, as well, July 27 and August 10. We don't have an offering of the 6-week course currently offered, but you can contact the Columbia Art Center or me if you're interested.