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Attend the Plein Air Brandywine Valley Opening Reception on Friday, October 18, 2019 at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

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Plein Air Brandywine Valley Schedule of Events

Sunday, October 13, 2019

  • Artists Gathering (Location to be determined) Information about the event will be shared, questions answered, and surfaces stamped. 

Monday, October 14 – Thursday, October 17, 2019

  • Opportunities for painting incredible landscapes, gardens, museums, churches, and private estates will be provided. Artists are required to work only in allotted time frames. Work completed outside of those time frames will not be considered for judging. Also, all work is to be done outside, in natural lighting. Paintings of indoor spaces, although they can be included in the sale, will not be considered for judging. Please see the complete rules and regulations for artists.

Friday, October 18, 2019

  • Judging for the Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition starting at 4:30 p.m. Opening Reception, Art Exhibition and Sale opening at 7:00 p.m. at The Visitor’s Center of Winterthur Museum, Gardens and Library for artists, patrons, and guests. At this time, artists may choose their favorite works for inclusion in the Artists' Choice segment of the competition. Wine, beer, and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Saturday, October 19 - Sunday, October 20, 2019

  • Show/Sale and Exhibition continues Saturday and Sunday (10/19 - 10/20) from 10:00am - 4:00pm.

2017 Competition Winners!

We're happy to announce the winners of the 2017 Plein Air Brandywine Valley Competition! Check out the prize-worthy work now!

Our 2017 Winners

Beth Bathe

BETH BATHE FINE ART<br><br><br><br>703-628-5044<br><br>Beth Bathe is an artist residing in Lancaster, PA. After a long career as a graphic designer, Beth now pursues painting full time. Primarily painting in oil en plein air since 2013 she participates in high profile competitions from Maine to Washington State, including Plein Air Easton, Door County WI, Cape Ann MA, Richmond VA and others, for a total of ten competitions in 2017 alone.  Her paintings have won numerous awards and honors and she is a featured artist in the 2018 February/March issue of PleinAir Magazine.  <br><br>Beth's painting style is unique, looking somewhat like a watercolor, or is it an oil painting?  She uses Cobra Water Mixable Oil Colors in thin washes with a limited tonalist palette, using unconventional tools such as squeegees and qtips along with her brushes. Her representational paintings have been described by critics as evoking nostalgia, like that of an old sepia toned photograph, often with just touches of color. She is highly influenced by painter Andrew Wyeth, and her subject matter is often what she refers to as the vanishing landscape, including finding beauty in buildings, barns and old towns of a time gone by and often beyond their prime. Old barns, a Victorian farmhouse, a back alley, a fire escape, an old mill, or an old split rail fence down a country road are common subjects. Beth paints primary on location to catch her subject at a specific time, especially how the light and shadows play on the surface create drama and emotion. She wants to evoke memories of one's past. Andrew Wyeth stated,  It`s a moment that I`m after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment. <br><br>Beth has a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University ˜81. She teaches classes and leads workshops at her studio, Short Dog Studio, in Ephrata, PA, where she shares her space with her photographer partner and three cardigan welsh corgis.  <br><br>She is currently represented by Brazier Gallery in Richmond VA, Charles Fine Art Gallery in Gloucester MA, Vermont Artisan Designs in Bennington VT, South Street Gallery, Easton MD and Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore MD. Her work was also included in the Artist's of the New Century show at The Bennington in Vermont in the fall of 2017.<br><br>Beth is a Artist Member and on the Executive Board as Secretary of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters (MAPAPA), Oil Painters of America (OPA), Outdoor Painters Society (OPS), Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters (SVPAP), Daily Painters of Pennsylvania and Daily Paintworks. In February 2016 she participated in the Plein Air Magazine Invitational trip to Cuba, and has also plein air painted in China.<br><br>2018 Events (partial list)<br>¢ Juried Artist 2018 Lighthouse Plein Air, FL<br>¢ Invited Artist 2018 Queen City Plein Air, VA<br>¢ Juried Artist 2018 Southwest Plein Air, TX<br>¢ Invited Artist 2018 Fingerlakes Plein Air, NY<br>¢ Juried Artist 2018 Parrsboro Plein Air, Nova Scotia<br>¢ Juried Artist 2018 Plein Air Richmond, VA<br>¢ Invited Artist 2018 Bath County Plein Air, VA<br>¢ Juried Artist 2018 Cape Ann Plein Air, MA<br><br>¢ Judging 2018 Between the Bluffs Plein Air, La Crosse, WI<br><br>2018 Workshops:<br>St. Augustine, FL<br>Charleston, SC<br>Rockport MA<br>Richmond VA<br>Solomons Island MD<br>La Crosse, WI<br><br><br>2017 Events<br>¢ Juried Artist 2017 Plein Air Easton<br>¢ Featured Artist 2017 Door County Plein Air, WI<br>¢ Juried Artist 2017 Fingerlakes Plein Air<br>¢ Juried Artist 2017 Plein Air Richmond, VA<br>¢ Juried Artist 2017 Adirondacks Plein Air. NY<br>¢ Juried Artist 2017 Bath County Plein Air, VA<br>¢ Juried Artist 2017 Solomons Island Plein Air, MD<br>¢ Juried Artist 2017 Cape Ann, MA<br>¢ Juried Artist 2017, Plein Air Texas (Alternate) <br><br>Past Events<br>¢ Juried Artist 2017 Mountain Maryland Plein Air<br>¢ Juried artist 2016 Richmond Plein Air, VA<br>¢ Juried artist 2016 Paint It! Ellicott City, MD<br>¢ Juried artist 2016 Paint The Peninsula, Olympic Park, WA<br>¢ Juried artist 2016 Solomons Island Plein Air, MD<br>¢ Juried artist 2016 Harford County Plein Air, MD<br>¢ Juried artist 2016, 2015 Mountain Maryland Plein Air, MD <br>¢ Juried artist, 2016, 2015 Paint Annapolis, MD       <br>¢ Juried artist 2016, 2015 Bath County Plein Air, VA<br>¢ Juried artist, 2015, 2014 Plein Air Easton! MD<br>¢ Juried artist, 2015 Castine Plein Air, ME<br>¢ Juried artist, Plein Air Camp Hill PA, 2015, 2014 and 2013<br>¢ Invited artist, Plein Air Mt. Lebanon PA, Oct. 2014<br>¢ Invited artist, Plein Air Chincoteague, VA, Sept. 2014<br>¢ Invited artist, Paint Snow Hill, MD  2015, 2016<br><br>Awards<br>¢ Award of Excellence ¬ Southwest Plein Air Festival 2018<br>¢ First Place Quick Draw ¬ Queen City Plein Air 2018<br>¢ Honorable Mention ¬ Richmond Plein Air 2017<br>¢ First Place Quick Draw   Fingerlakes Plein Air 2017<br>¢ People's Choice Award ¬ ¬ Plein Air Invitational 2017, South Street Galley, Easton MD<br>¢ Honorable Mention ¬ Solomons Island Plein Air 2016<br>¢ Honorable Mention ¬ Solomons Island Sunset Quickdraw 2016<br>¢ Honorable Mention  Richmond Plein Air 2016<br>¢ Donald Lewis Memorial Award  Bath County Plein Air 2015<br>¢ Judge's Choice Award Plein Air Easton 2015<br>¢ Second Place  Mountain Maryland Plein Air 2015<br>¢ Artists Choice Award  Camp Hill Plein Air Quick Draw 2015<br>¢ First Place  Maryland Agricultural Center Quick Draw 2015<br>¢ Best in Show/Artist Choice Award  Paint Snow Hill 2015<br>¢ First Place  2014 Small Works Show, The Art Center, Mechanicsburg PA <br>¢ First Place and People's Choice Award  Gettysburg Fest Plein Air Competition 2014<br>¢ Second Place  Quick Draw. Plein Air Camp Hill 2014 <br>¢ Honorable Mention, Plein Air Camp Hill Quickdraw 2013 <br>¢ Art League of Alexandria, VA annual show `Scapes, 2010 and 2011<br><br><br>Galleries<br>Brazier Gallery, Richmond VA<br>Charles Fine Art, Gloucester MA<br>South Street Art Gallery, Easton MD<br>Vermont Artisan Designs, Brattleboro VT<br>Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore MD<br><br>Current/Recent Shows<br>Artists of The New Century  Sept-Dec 2017  The Bennington Gallery, VT<br>Plein Air 2017  Oct-Dec 2017 Charles Fine Art , Gloucester MA<br>Plein Air Invitational July 2017  South Street Gallery, Easton, MD<br>Solo Show May 2017  Brazier Gallery, Richmond VA<br>Painters' Paintings March 2017 Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore, MD <br>Plein Air 2017  Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore, MD <br>Plein Air 2016  Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore, MD<br>Cuba  Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore, MD<br>Cityscapes 2016 and 2015 Peale Museum Baltimore Honorable Mention<br>Either Fish or Fowl 2015 Annapolis Maritime Museum<br>Best of 2016  Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore, MD<br>Best of 2015  Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore, MD<br>Best of 2014  Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore, MD<br>Plein Air 2014, 2015, 2016  Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore, MD <br>6 Squared  Randy Higbee Gallery, CA<br>Short Dog Studios, Ephrata PA<br>Daily Paintworks,<br>