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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.



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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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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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Group Exhibition at the Laffer Gallery, NY!


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,



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Nifty Durham



As some of you may know, we’ve moved to Durham NC. The painting above is my first larger  20×24″ plein air painting in downtown. The subject is the impressive Durham Bulls Athletic Park. It has been a pleasure to meet several interesting folks while “on the street”. This image was taken by very friendly and very skilled photographer Ken Huth. Ken runs the blog Nifty Durham focusing on local happenings. You can check out Ken’s post about our meeting in downtown Durham here: Nifty Durham.


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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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Opening at 3040

Rustic Pattern 24x18 oil, plein air

Rustic Pattern 24×18 oil, plein air

This Saturday 7/25/15 I will attend an opening for new work at Gallery 3040 in Old Forge NY.  All are welcome, it should be a fun night! The hours are from 5-7 pm. There are several new plein air works in larger formats from 16×20″ up to 20×24″. Additionally, there will be a rare opportunity to peruse various smaller studies from over the years. These will be available for purchase unframed.  As I mentioned, this will be a fun night hope to see you there!



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Street Painting Radio Interview

The funniest thing happened the other morning. While out doing some morning “street-painting” an old acquiantance stopped to say hello. Keith James is the morning personality on Oldies96 here in Utica NY. Keith and I had meet a couple times and even gone to a concert together with my brother-in-law. That was at least 3 years ago.

So when Keith stopped to see what “this guy” was doing, he had no idea we actually knew each other. After some friendly banter it was decided we should arrange a radio interview to talk about what I was up to here painting the streets of greater Utica. You see, Keith likes to feature local stories of interest. I get the idea his interviews are quite eclectic but that’s a good thing in my opinion. this is an eclectic area so why not?

Keith James and Chad Smith radio interview

Personality Extraordinaire Keith James and Chad Smith at Oldies 96 studios.

We had a blast at the Oldies 96 studios and it was great to catch up with Keith. The interview is 8 minutes of great entertainment with a slideshow of pictures and images to boot! I hope you’ll give it a listen and check out Keith’s work here in upstate NY.

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