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Thoughtful Thursday: When Life Gives You Lemons...

When life gives you lemons...let art be the sweet sugar in your lemonade.

In March, Covid shuttered gallery doors and brought artists’ performance and competition schedules to a screeching halt. Four months later, this horrible virus continues to wreak havoc on our communities, and we search for ways to “feel” normal again.


The work of artists is to create art, and in most cases, that has not been impacted. What has been impacted is how, when, and where they share their art.  Some art and community organizations are modifying their traditional programs to create a safe environment in which to paint and present works of art.


This week’s thoughts are focused on celebrating the work of some of our gallery artists as they have been juried into these different events, in some cases painting on site but sharing virtually! 

John Schisler is painting and competing in the Easton Plein Air July 11 – 19.

Bill Schmidt has a painting juried into the Online Exhibition, “View Out my Window” at The Galleries at Salmagundi, June 29th – July 20. And two more two paintings juried into the Salmagundi Club of New York Christmas in July: Thumb-Box On-Line Exhibition, July 2 to July 31, 2020.

Eleinne Basa and Mike Budden showcase their work in the American Tonalist Society Best in Tonalism 2020 Virtual Exhibition July 15-August 15.

John Eiseman is participating in Prevail with Plein Air, Harford County’s plein air painting festival now through with a virtual sale September 18th.  Juried into the October, 2020 New Bern Plein Air in North Carolina are both John and Jacalyn Beam.

Jacalyn Beam is also juried into Plein Air Grand Marais on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Wisconsin September 11 – 18th.   She is a participating artist in the Teton Valley, Idaho Driggs Plein Air Online Competition and Sale  July 27th – September 12th. Both events will host virtual previews, judging and sales.

Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Gallery in Solomons Island, Maryland is hosting the juried Bloom & Grow Show in which two Carol Wade paintings have been accepted.

To view paintings by these accomplished artists, please visit our gallery in  Chestertown or shop virtually at  www.lespoissonsgallery.com

Susan Graeber, Hay Fields


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