Jeremy Sams, “Here Comes the Sun,” acrylic, 24 x 30 inches

Artist Jeremy Sams has had a great year, winning awards at every art competition he’s entered in 2017. In addition to being featured in PleinAir magazine, the artist has also recently mounted a selling exhibition in North Carolina.

“Here Comes the Sun” opened on August 26 at Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. The show is a solo exhibition of works by quickly rising plein air star Jeremy Sams, who has taken awards at every competition he’s entered in 2017. So captivating was Sams’ story that PleinAir magazine recently featured a five-page spread written by Steve Doherty, which delves into a number of topics, including how the artist conquers plein air painting in acrylics.

Jeremy Sams, “Boat Reflections,” acrylic
Jeremy Sams, “Fall Aglow,” acrylic, 24 x 30 inches

The exhibition includes 26 new works by Sams and features all plein air works. The show’s title was coined because “people appreciate God’s display of color and drama found in the sun, especially in a sunrise or sunset,” reveals Sams. “We see clouds, trees, flowers, and other subjects in a different way when they are enveloped in sunlight. As an artist, I find joy in the pursuit of capturing that moment when the sun strikes an object. I hope the viewers of my work will not only appreciate this phenomenon, but also the Creator of this wonder.”

Jeremy Sams, “Hope for Tomorrow,” acrylic, 22 x 28 inches
Jeremy Sams, “Reflecting Over the Years,” acrylic, 24 x 30 inches

Gallery owner Maria Santomasso-Hyde added, “For an artist to be written about in an international magazine is a huge honor, but I can see why [PleinAir magazine] wanted to write about him. Sams is a detailed Impressionist who knows how to capture the light in a way that truly moves the viewers of his work. His list of awards is two pages long, and his new show here reveals why he wins so many competitions. My favorite Sams painting depicts morning light glowing behind trees, making them seem almost heavenly. An avid art collector told me that Sams will be internationally famous one day, and I think he just might be right.”

“Here Comes the Sun” will be on view through September 12. To learn more, visit Alta Vista Gallery.

This article was featured in PleinAir Today, a weekly e-newsletter from PleinAir magazine. To start receiving PleinAir Today for free, click here.

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Andrew Webster is the Editor of Plein Air Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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