Members of the WSLP preparing to paint outdoors in 1917

Two friends met to paint outdoors together on a Sunday in 1913. On subsequent weekends they were joined by others in the Washington, D.C., area, who traveled by trolley car to the designated locations. Before long, the group (first known as the Ramblers) became the Washington Society of Landscape Painters. This year, the organization will celebrate its centennial with a series of exhibitions.

Some current members painting along the Potomac River

Starting April 5, the members of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters will present an exhibition at the Arts Club of Washington, D.C., to be followed by a banquet and a paint-out at the historic home of James Monroe. There will also be a panel discussion at the Arts Club on April 24, during which President Jack Hannula, Andrei Kushnir, Jean Brinton-Jaecks, and Barbara Nuss will present an “Evening With Extraordinary Artists.”

“Red Brick Farmhouse in April,” by Ed Cooper, a current WSLP member

Two more centennial exhibitions are planned, at the McBride Gallery in Annapolis (July 7-28) and the River District Arts, Rappahannock Central in Sperryville, Virginia (August 3-20). For more information, visit


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