As part of the opening weekend of the exhibition, participating artists worked on location.

On view through May 21, this exhibition gathers the work of several Virginia plein air painters at the Allure Art Center in White Stone, Virginia.

It’s titled “Plein Air Unleashed,” and it began with 45 finished pieces and continued with the exhibiting artists painting 24 new works on the opening weekend, several of which joined the original 45 paintings in the show. Exhibiting artists in this exhibit include Daphne Benton, Nancy Brittle, Kim Hall, Maria Reardon, and Kathleen Willingham.

“On the opening weekend, armed with umbrellas, tents, and rain jackets but undaunted by the elements, our artists pushed through and still had a great time working together and engaging the public,” says Jeff Cherry, owner of Allure Art Center. “This exhibit and opening event strives to give patrons and visitors a better understanding of the art form and encourages other artists to join in on the adventures of the group.

Rain did not deter the artists in the show who painted more pieces for exhibition.

“As part of this exhibit, the opening day — April 22 — featured all five of the plein air artists doing demonstrations and working on new pieces on the grounds and around the town of White Stone. Two of the exhibiting artists primarily work with pastels, while the other three artists work exclusively in oils. To help give some perspective and insight, the front exhibit wall features a brief history of the plein air movement, and discusses the progression and the current resurgence in interest from artists.”

The show is part of a movement in that part of Virginia toward more organized plein air painting. Cherry says one of the artists in his stable is helping spearhead the effort.

“One of our resident artists has formed the Northern Neck Plein Air Painters group, which has approximately 20 area artists currently,” he says. “Each week they pick a location in the region to meet up, work, and collaborate. They invite any artists interested in plein air work to join them in their outings.”

The exhibition is on view through May 21. For more information, click here.


  1. Thank you Bob for the article. It is appreciated. We strive to help expose the community to Plein Air along with all of the arts through exhibits, demonstrations, classes and performances.


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