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2017 Mountain Maryland Plein Air Award Winners

Congratulations to all of the award winners!

BEST OF SHOW—Vladislav Yeliseyev—Centre Street

1st place—Charlie Hunter—Western Maryland 303

2nd place—J. Stephen Wagner—Little Meadows

3rd place—Chris Willey—Locust Grove Garden

Nocturnal Scene Award—Alison Menke—Street Lights Cumberland

Best Use of Light Award—Lynne Mehta—Letting In and Letting Go

Best Architectural Award—Kari Ruiz—Ruppert’s Alley

Artist’s Choice Award—Kari Ruiz—Ruppert’s Alley

Plein Air Magazine Outdoor Sidebar—Richard Sneary

Plein Air Magazine DVD Award—Chuck Marshall

Cumberland Quickdraw:

Juried Artists
1st Place—Charlie Hunter
2nd Place—Christopher Leeper
3rd Place—Kari Ruiz

Community artists
1st Place—Jane Knighton
2nd place—Deborah Cole
3rd Place—Greg Malloy

Student Artists
1st Place—Bridget Coe
2nd Place—Ava Brightner
3rd Place—Julia Coe

Exhibition/Public Reception

Enjoy seeing this year’s Mountain Maryland Plein Air paintings at the Saville and Schwab Mountain Maryland galleries on Saturday, June 24 from 11 am to 8 pm. Paintings by the Invited Plein Air artists from the Cumberland Quickdraw will also be on display and for sale at this event. A Public Reception will be held from 6 to 8 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

Painting Demonstration


Last year’s Mountain Maryland Plein Air Best of Show Winner, Vladislav Yeliseyev, will be performing a demonstration of his technique from 2 to 4 pm at the Schwab Gallery on Saturday, June 24.

Yeliseyev is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society, National Watercolor Society and Florida Watercolor Society. His work was featured in the February 2016 issue of Watercolor Artist magazine and also appeared on the cover. Winner of the American Watercolor Societiy 2015 Annual International competition and of the November 2015 The Bold Brush Award, among other awards, Yeliseyev has participated in about twenty national paint out events over the past three years, including Plein Air conventions where he was a demo and teaching artist. He is represented by Troika Gallery in Easton, Massachusetts, Stakenborg Fine Art Gallery, Galleria Silecchia in Sarasota, Florida and Le Prince Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina.

Cumberland Quickdraw


This year’s Mountain Maryland Plein Air Quickdraw event is the Cumberland Quickdraw. It takes place in the downtown Arts & Entertainment District of Cumberland.

Quickdraws are among the most exciting of Plein Air events. There are three key elements to these events. First, the time alloted for creating a work of art is short. Second, anyone can participate. Third, the event ends with prizes and the sale of the freshly created paintings.

Quickdraw artists, including the invited 2017 Plein Air artists, community artists and student artists, paint in the downtown area for two hours between 10 am and noon. A whistle is blown to start the painting. Visitors to the downtown area can enjoy walking around to watch the painters in action.

At noon, another whistle is blown and the painting stops. Painters then immediately bring their work to the corner of Baltimore and Centre Streets where the judging begins. There will be separate prizes for the invited 2017 Plein Air artists, community artists and student artists.

This year, the center of activity for the Cumberland Quickdraw—including registration, judging, and purchasing—is in front of the Allegany Arts Council at 9 N. Centre St. Be sure not to miss the fun!
For more details, including how to register for the Quickdraw call 301-777-2787.

Collector’s Reception


Enjoy delicious cocktails & hors d’oeuvres while this year’s competition art is revealed for the first time.


Friday, June 23, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

The highlight of Mountain Maryland Plein Air is the Collector’s Reception, which includes the Awards Ceremony. Artists select their best two art
pieces from their week of painting and enter them into the competition for big prizes. These paintings will be hanging in the Arts Council’s Saville Gallery behind curtains. Artists select another two fresh paintings to
hang in the Arts Council’s Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery. These additional new paintings will not be judged in the competition, but are
for sale.

Guests at the Collector’s reception will be able to meet the
artists and will be the first to view and purchase the artist’s competition work as soon as the curtains are drawn.

Tickets to the event are $30 are may be purchased at the Arts Council at 9 N. Centre Street in Cumberland, or online below or at Tickets may also be purchased by phone by calling 301-777-2787.

Collector’s Reception Tickets



Plein Air artist Debra Howard will share stories of her adventurous life as a traveling artist at the Allegany Arts Council on Thursday, June 22 at Noon.

If you would like to have lunch while you see her presentation, you must RSVP by 5 pm Wednesday. The charge for the catered lunch is $15.

There is no charge if you do not have lunch.

Who is Debra Howard?
Debra spent almost 30 years living, traveling and painting from her sailboat. She now resides in Crisfield, Maryland. She recently sold her sailboat Ling Ling and now travels from April to November in her little RV trailer participating in Plein Air events.

She spent three years painting Tangier Island, a community wary of strangers where they speak their own dialect of English. According to Debra, 50% of the population is involved in the drug trade due to strict fishing regulations.

Check out this video of Debra:

See this clip of recent news from Tangier Island:

For more information and to make reservations for this exiting event, call 301-777-2787 or click the paypal icon below.

Open House and Portrait Demonstration

Please join us from 6 to 8 pm for an Open House at the Saville Gallery. The gallery will be featuring a three day exhibition of previous work by 2017 Plein Air artists. William Rogers will be demonstrating his portrait painting technique. Local artists will have items on display for sale as well. Come and meet the artists!

Rogers is a plein air artist working in oil and watercolor. He has participated in numerous Plein Air competitions and events throughout the country and in Canada and Bermuda, and has been the recipient of numerous awards. In May 2014 Rogers served as the Royal Tour Artist for HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall during their visit to Canada, a great honor and the thrill of a lifetime. A number of the completed works from the tour were selected by HRH, the Prince of Wales, for his personal collection.

Exhibition of Previous Plein Air Work

Artists invited to participate in the 2017 Plein Air Competition display examples of their previous work in the Saville Gallery. The galleries are open for this exhibition from 11 am to 7 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, June 20 and 23. On Wednesday, June 21, join us for an Open House and Portrait Painting Demonstration by plein air artist William Rogers from 6 p to 8 pm. The galleries are open from 11 am to 8 pm on Wednesday.

About Barbara Jaenicke, 2017 Plein Air Juror

BJaenicke-HeadshotBarbara Jaenicke, (pronounced JAN-i-kee), loved to draw and paint as a teenager and decided at an early age to pursue an art career in one form or another. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986 from The College of New Jersey, taking as many fine art courses as she could, while also taking painting classes outside of her college studies. But with the desire to have a steady income right after college, she geared her education toward the commercial side and spent a little over a decade of her early career in advertising as an art director, then later shifted gears to a corporate role in marketing communications. In 2002, she was able to turn her focus to a career in fine art, pursuing it full steam ahead, and continues to do so with stubborn determination.

After living in the Atlanta, Georgia area for 23 years, Barbara and her husband and son relocated in May of 2015 to Bend, Oregon. Primarily a landscape painter, she’s excited to now explore and paint the scenery of the northwest part of the country.

Barbara holds Signature Memberships in Oil Painters of America (OPA), American Impressionist Society (AIS) and the Pastel Society of America (PSA), is an International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) Eminent Pastelist, and is a popular workshop instructor throughout the US.

“Painting isn’t just a job or hobby for me. It’s a passion. Maybe even an obsession. I try to paint feelings, moods and experiences rather than “things.” To do this I need to push beyond the basic mechanics of creating the work. No painting is ever easy to me. Each one challenges me to create that magic that goes beyond just a painting of a thing. That magic doesn’t always happen in every single painting, butit’s those few instances when the painting ‘hits’ that make it worth going through all the painful ‘misses.'” 

Ms. Jaenicke will also be leading a workshop in plein air painting on Sunday, June 25, 2017, after the conclusion of the judging of the competition.

Barbara Jaenicke Workshop: Capture On Location What Your Camera Leaves Out

Capture On Location What Your Camera Leaves Out
1-Day Plein Air Workshop with Barbara Jaenicke, Mountain Maryland Plein Air Workshop/Allegany Arts Council Sunday, June 25, 9am – 4 pm

Cost: $150 (lunch is included; please let us know if you prefer a vegetarian meal)

Workshop Description:

The camera also doesn’t experience the landscape in the same way as an artist; it doesn’t provide the sensory experience from the artist’s time spent observing the location. When painting outdoors, many artists fall into the trap of recording only the subject matter within the landscape. But more important to the plein air artist is to capture accurate information regarding values, color temperature and chroma (color intensity)…all things the camera messes up. In this one-day workshop, Jaenicke will discuss and demonstrate (in oil) the specific visual information she strives to capture in the landscape to take back to the studio. Artists may work in any medium.

Supply List:

Note: This workshop is open to artists working in any medium. Instructor demo will be in oil. Included here are suggested supplies for oil and pastel. If you’ll be working in a medium other than oil or pastel, please bring supplies that would be the equivalents for your medium to the ones listed here.
Weather-permitting, we’ll be outside all day, so please dress appropriately for the temperature and conditions. I recommend comfortable closed-toe shoes even in warm weather. If rain is predicted, we’ll move the entire workshop indoors.

I’ll conduct a morning demo from approximately 9am – 11am. Students will have the rest of the day to paint.

General supplies for plein air painting:

Portable plein air easel that will accommodate your medium Sunscreen and bug spray
Plenty of water and snacks Plastic bags for trash
Small, lightweight portable chair for viewing the morning demo

Reference Photos:

In case of inclement weather and we’re forced indoors, please bring a few of your own landscape reference photos. You may work from printed photos or from your iPad or small laptop. (Please, however, do not plan to work directly from photos on your phone.)



Feel free to use your favorite soft pastels in a wide range of values. I use hard pastels for blocking in, and then wet down the block in with alcohol. (Nupastel 244 blue-violet is one of my favorite block-in colors.) I highly recommend organizing your pastels by value. Among my favorite soft pastels are Terry Ludwigs, Sennelier half sticks, Schmincke and Great American Artworks


2-3 11×14 or 8×10 pastel surfaces, depending on how fast a painter you are.

Feel free to use your favorite surface. I prefer sanded paper mounted to a stiff panel. One of my favorite surfaces is True Grit panels (400 grit) available from which are basically Uart paper mounted to gatorboard. You can also mount regular Uart paper yourself to foamboard or gatorboard with a spray adhesive. (For studies and workshop exercises, Scotch Photomount works well…spray back of Uart paper and panel surface, and press down edges and corners thoroughly). I don’t recommend other premounted versions of Uart, as the texture is different and difficult to work with. If mounting yourself, please have all paper mounted prior to workshop.
I use a liquid underpainting with alcohol, but you may use a dry underpainting if that’s your preference. Be sure your surface can accept liquid media if you choose to use a liquid underpainting.
Other pastel supplies:

• If using a liquid underpainting, rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol and jar for alcohol
• Brush for underpainting – I use a #8 or a #12 (depending on size of painting) old/worn bristle brushe, but other similar sizes can be used.
• Backing board (such as foamboard) to hinge your panel or tape your paper to if you’d like to free up your edges when your panel is placed on your easel
• Artist’s tape
• Hand wipes
• Paper towels
• Latex gloves or other hand protection if desired
• Small sketchpad and pencil



Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Viridian Green, Cadmium Lemon, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Permanent Red Medium, Alizarin Crimson, Transparent Oxide Red, plus Burnt Umber for toning the surface.

I tone my surface with a mixture of Burnt Umber and Alizarin Crimson (warm flesh color slightly lighter than a mid- value)…just a light wash with a rag or paper towel dipped into the mixture and thinned with mineral spirits. You can either tone your surface ahead of time or just before painting.

*I have no specific brand preference, but usually use Utrecht (for Titanium white), Rembrandt (for Transp. Oxide Red and Perm. Red Med.), Winsor Newton for Cad. Yellow, and Gamblin for all other colors. If you already have similar colors, feel free to bring what you have rather than purchasing exactly what’s listed above. What I’ve listed are typically the colors I’ll use in my demonstrations.


2-3 11×14 or 8×10 panels
I recommend panels from SourceTek (–any of their sturdy panels are good–or French Canvas ( Either oil primed or acrylic primed is fine.

Other oil supplies:

• Portable palette (if your plein air easel doesn’t already have one)
• Odorless mineral spirits (such as Gamsol)
• Container/brush cleaner
• Painting medium (I use linseed oil or solvent-free gel, but any medium is fine) and small container if needed
• Variety of brushes ranging in size from 2 – 10. (I use flats and filberts, both bristle and synthetic.)
• Palette knife
• Wet panel carrier
• Paper towels
• Hand wipes
• Latex gloves or other hand protection if desired
• Small sketchbook and pencil