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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!

Chad

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Autumn in North Carolina

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Autumn Morning 20″x 16″

 

Artist friend Jeremy Samms invited me up to paint in western North Carolina for a few days. We had a great time of painting and fellowship, despite having to fix a flat tire on a farm in the middle of nowhere.

Autumn Morning was painted near his folks place on a great little farm there.

 

Chad

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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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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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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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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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