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Plein Air Painters - Southeast

I’m super proud and honored to be the newest member of PAP-SE (plein air painters of the south east)!

You have to be recommended to be considered. That in itself is such an honor to be considered by all of these wonderful pro artists.


Feeling Thankful,


North Carolina Workshop

40+ blocking the pier!


The Aberdeen NC workshop is right around the corner. This will be a great opportunity to work together on Plein Air Concepts.

Info: ‘Plein Air Concepts’ May,2-4  Aberdeen, NC hosted by the Artist’s League of the Sandhills

Click to sign up: WORKSHOP



Oil Painters of America

Old Timer 24×18″ plein air

I’m privileged to participate in the 26th annual juried exhibition of traditional oils for the Oil Painters of America. This prestigious event is at the Eisele Gallery in Cincinnati Ohio. I lived in Cincy for several years and am sure this will be a fantastic exhibition.

‘Old Timer’ above will be included in the show.

For more info: OPA



Free Demo!

chad smith plein air demo wilmington

Wilmington Demo

In support of my upcoming workshop at the Artists League of the Sandhills I will give a free demo Monday April 17th at 2pm.

Come join us!




Southern Light

Eno River Sunset 24×20″ plein air

I am thrilled to announce the opening of my one man show at Eno Gallery in Hillsborough, NC. The exhibition will include 20 new plein air works plus one bonus large studio painting of the above Eno River Sunset at 40×30″.

This body of work explores the Piedmont/Triangle area where Erin, Sargent and I live and explore. There is a wide variety of subjects from barns to boats and towns to trails.

  • Eno Gallery: 100 S. Churton St. Hillsborough, NC 27278
  • April 28th, 6-8pm
  • Call for details: 919-883-1415

I hope you can join us!


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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!


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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.


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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)


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.

chad smith plein air demo wilmington

40+ blocking the pier!


chad smith plein air demo wilmington

A team effort.





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Demo in Wilmington

Perfect Ending 14x11"

Perfect Ending 14×11″, plein air


Letting you know, I’ll be painting a plein air demo (weather permitting) in downtown Wilmington this Thursday March 17th at 12 noon. The demonstration is a preview of sorts for the workshop held in Wilmington April 11-13. Should be lots of fun! For more info on the workshop click here: WORKSHOP

We’re meeting at the Hannah Block Center: 120 S 2nd St, Wilmington, NC 28401



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