– Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today –
Nancie King Mertz was part of the 100-artist contingent that went to Cuba in February as part of the Paint Cuba! Publisher’s Invitational event. Now she’s ready to start showing some of her plein air work from the trip, as well as studio pieces inspired by studies, photographs, and memories.
Lead Image: “Cojimar Car,” by Nancie King Mertz, 2016, pastel on panel, 14 x 11 in.
Mertz is introducing some of her Cuba paintings via a celebration on April 8 from 5-8pm at her framing studio, Art De Triumph & Artful Framing, on North Clark Street in Chicago. She has lined up Cuban food from a local eatery, and points out that the courtyard of the building is a fine place to smoke a Cuban cigar.
The artist executed 13 paintings in Havana and outlying areas, and she plans on showing some of these in a group show organized by McBride Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland, May 1 through June 26.
Eric Rhoads, the publisher of PleinAir magazine, previously wrote about the trip in PleinAir Today, and you can read it here. Turner Vinson created a video that communicates the feel of the trip; it can be found here.