In 2015 B. Eric Rhoads, a painter and the editor of Plein Air Magazine was beginning a series of opportunities for American artists to travel to unique places to paint. His first location? A trip to Cuba with 100 plein air painters. Only recently open to 'restricted' travel, his bold idea of travel to Cuba had many potential pitfalls. He was undeterred and artists from across the country responded enthusiastically for the February trip.
I began thinking that a trip this special, this historic, needed to be applauded in the way galleries applaud artists which is to host a show to celebrate their work and the importance of the event.
A show's title should describe it's essence. This show is called "Cuba Today" because you will see paintings showing Havana as it is right now, in 2016. Cuba has been an isolated country with little travel or influence from the outside world in recent decades. As travel increases, changes are inevitable. This group of artists have recorded for posterity scenes of life in Cuba today.
"From Studies to Studio" is the process of field studies the artists completed on location, also called painting en plein air. In this case, many of the artists produced working field studies with the intent of using them to create larger more complex paintings in their studios. The artists will share some of their field studies, displayed next to the studio painting. At the Panel Discussion on May1st, we will hear about their painting process, the challenges and some of their unique experiences. Audience participation is always welcome.
Janet Anderson, Bruce Bingham, Brenda Boylan, Carl Dalio, Lisa Egeli, Steven Hill, Hai-Ou Hou, Charlie Hunter, Shelby Keefe, Nancie King Mertz, Larry Moore, Anette Power, Scott Prior, B. Eric Rhoads, Richard Sneary, and Carol Lee Thompson