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Blessing in Bath County

The Homestead 24x20" Plein Air

The Homestead 24×20″ Plein Air

 

“The Homestead” was painted during the Bath County Plein Air Event. This amazing resort seems the heart of the Bath County area. My gracious host introduced me to this area and in the end purchased “The Homestead”. It was a great blessing for them to invest in the painting but even more so to spend time with a wonderful christian couple.

 

Chad

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“Mr. Doherty” @ Bath County Plein Air

Mr. Doherty 20x16 Plein Air

Mr. Doherty 20×16 Plein Air

 

This 20×16″ was painted over a couple hours during the quick draw at Bath County Plein Air. Steve made a fairly good model as he was absorbed in his work and didn’t move too much. It was a lot of fun painting under cover during a rainy day paint out.

Chad

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Judge Paint the Town Cary, NC

 

 

En Plein Air Banner 2016

 

I am honored to co-judge the Town of Cary’s 3rd annual Paint the Town En Plein Air!

3rd Annual en Plein Air Silent Art Auction and Gala
Friday, June 10, 6-9 p.m.
Cary Arts Center

For more information about En Plein Air, please email Jewel Kichak or (919) 460-4972.

 

Come join us for an inspiring evening of art!

Chad

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Wayne Plein Air Festival

Wayne 2015

Wayne 2015

I’m headed to Wayne! The Wayne Plein Air Festival is held in wonderful Wayne PA just outside Philadelphia. Last year was an excellent exhibition with Juror Ray Roberts graciously awarding my work “Waterwheel” an Honorable Mention.

I am looking forward to seeing old painting friends and making new ones. Most of all, I plan to give my best and by God’s grace produce even better work this year.

Chad

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Incredible Wilmington!

So, the plein air demonstration happened in Wilmington, NC on St. Patrick’s day (notice my green undershirt). Liz Hosier from the Wilmington Art Association was my helpful guide/host for the day supplying a delicious roast beef sub from one of the great downtown delis, yummy. I didn’t know what to expect as far as the turnout but the town of Wilmington blew me away. Liz counted at least 40 people! (see pic below)

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Waxing eloquent…

As you can see,  we were blocking up the entire pier. They were such a wonderful group of people with lots of intelligent questions and all very attentive. Most even laughed at my silly stories. There was one special moment when I invited a passing little girl to participate in the painting. We all had a great time. If you live near Wilmington I highly recommend joining the WAA.

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40+ blocking the pier!

 

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A team effort.

 

 

 

Chad

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Group Exhibition at the Laffer Gallery, NY!

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I will be attending the Laffer Gallery’s Third Annual Upstate Invitational  this Saturday 10/24/15 starting at 6pm. Erik has 17 new plein air  paintings from me ranging from 9×12″ to 24×20″ cityscapes, to landscapes. Joining me for the group show will be wonderful artists Mary Ellen Riell and JoAnn Axford.

Most of the paintings at the exhibition can be seen online here: Laffer Gallery .  Please join us for a fantastic opening!

Warm Regards,

 

Chad

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Stanley Theater Autumn

The Stanley Autumn 24x20" plein air

The Stanley Autumn 24×20″ plein air

The Stanley is an iconic theater here in upstate NY. The interior is more amazing than the exterior shown here. This 24×20″ was painted over two sessions plein air and was joy to paint. I love watching the city come to life in the morning. In this case, capturing the employee setting up tables for the days business and watching vehicles scurry by all under the stalwart Stanley theater marquee. “The Stanley Autumn” is part of the exhibition at Gallery 3040 in Old Forge, NY.

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Cyber Art Show Exhibition!

 

Spring Light 6"x8"

Spring Light 6″x8″

I am pleased to announce a “cyber art exhibition”! Curator Keith Lynwood Stover runs a generous online gallery called “The Cyber Art Show, Artists Supporting Artists”.  Mr. Stover features, in his words, “great impressionist landscape works” in his website each day. Find the link below

My exhibition will be a two day feature retrospective of sorts. Running this Saturday and Sunday there are many works from years past as well as recent pieces including Best of Show and award winning paintings from the American Impressionist Society and others.

This cyber museum has an extensive archive of great artists that I would encourage anyone interested in landscape painting to spend some time perusing. The Cyber Art Show is a free resource so if you take me up on the invitation to visit please consider donating. I think this sort of generous philanthropic display does everyone good and I hope you will consider helping Mr. Stover continue this work.

God bless you,

Chad

 http://www.thecyberartshow.com/

 

 

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American Impressionist Society 2014

I am pleased to announce “Winter Pavilion #4” is on the way to the American Impressionist Society’s national juried exhibition 2014. Abend Gallery in Denver CO is the host this year. It is an honor to participate again this year with what I consider to be my favorite piece in some time.

What makes it so special to me? “Winter Pavilion #4″ is a plein air painting done over two session last winter at 24″x20” in size. I would say all of the above plus the impact of the painting in person always “gives back” the light effect of being there. That is one of my main goals with any painting and this one really shines if I say so myself.

If you can get to Abend Gallery to see it along with all the other, I am sure, spectacular work you won’t be disappointed.

Winter Pavilion #4

Winter Pavilion #4

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Best of Show from Lori Putnam!

I was privileged to participate in the 3rd annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival last week and was honored to receive the Best of Show award from judge Lori Putnam! I always enjoy these events awards or not, but needless to say I am honored to have my work recognized in this way. The quality of work was high and it was a highlight for me to reconnect with several talented and hard working artists friends from the plein air “circuit”.

 

Lori Putnam and Chad Smith at Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival Gala Event.

Lori Putnam presents Best of Show to Your’s Truly.

Saturday night was the gala event with judging and awards from Lori Putnam. Attendance was great with catering, live music, and a setting that was so enjoyable. Best of all, Erin and Sargent were able to attend! I want to thank Lori for the award and her thoughtful approach to the impossible task of judging high quality work. Congratulations go to  Kathie Odom and Richard Thomas who also received awards for their impressive work in addition to all the honorable mention awards. Please visit the Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival website for info on all the artists and award winners. Finally, I would like to congratulate my good artist friends John Caggiano and Kirk Larsen for the Quick Draw and Artist Choice awards respectively.

 

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Tracks At Sunset 14″x11″ Best of Show, Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival 2014

The event was a joy and my hosts were fantastic. Canandaigua is a beautiful area which abounds in subject matter not the least of which is Sonnengberg Gardens. I participated in the inaugural event two years ago and “fell in love” with the gardens. I look forward to next year and highly recommend a visit whether you are a painter or not.

Chad

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