“Chance Encounter,” by Valerie Craig, 2017, oil, 11 x 14 in. Collection the artist. Plein air.

A wide variety of outdoor paintings are about to go on exhibit in art centers and galleries around the country. Here are a couple in which inspiring and informative work will be on display. Make sure you stay informed. 

“Shared Spaces” in PA

In addition to hosting an important annual plein air competition, the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, Pennsylvania, invites award-winning artists to present a large exhibition of their paintings. Pittsburgh artist Patrick Lee just took down a display of his amazing paintings, and now one of the most popular artists juried into the annual plein air event, Valerie Craig, will hang 25 paintings in the large gallery. The show, titled “Shared Space,” will showcase Craig’s recent work as well as figurative paintings by Martin Campos. The opening is scheduled to take place in the Ethel Sargeant Gallery on February 11, 3-5 p.m. And the exhibition will remain on view through March 10, 2018.

Scrappy Bass,” by Valerie Craig, 2017, oil,12 x 12 in.
“Cape Retreat,” by Valerie Craig, 2017, oil, 6 x 8 in. Collection the artist. Plein air
“Winter Muse,” by Valerie Craig, 2017, oil, 10 x 12 in. Collection the artist. Plein air

Vibrant Oil & Acrylic Paintings in CA

An exhibition of Michael Ferguson’s electric landscape paintings heralds the new year in the Marcia Burtt Gallery in Santa Barbara, California, from January 12 through March 4, 2018. The roots of Ferguson’s large, stylized paintings can be found in plein air studies that show his obsession with color and texture on a smaller scale. Those oil sketches and the larger studio acrylic paintings based on those outdoor studies reflect a life spent observing the Northwest Coast and backcountry. Pulsating with color, Ferguson’s works have energy that illuminates our botanical world. The Washington state-based painter depicts the land, ocean, and flora of the Pacific Northwest with textured acrylic and oil. Also on view in the gallery are oil paintings by Anne Ward.

“Cape Flattery,” by Michael Ferguson, 2017, acrylic, 31 x 43 in. Collection the artist. Studio
“Summer Solstice in the Yard,” by Anne Ward, 2017, oil, 25 x 23 in. Collection the artist



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