“Last year we were a ragtag group of 10 artists painting on a drizzly day in September,” Abigail McBride remembers. This year, there were 25 artists working for three glorious days (September 14-16) on the streets of Chesapeake City, Maryland, and collectors bought almost every painting they hung on the walls.
Ray Murphy creating a watercolor painting for the first exhibition of his artwork. He sold three paintings during the recent event.
Abigail McBride painting in downtown Chesapeake, MD
“Our Wet Paint exhibit was standing-room-only and sold paintings were flying off the walls,” McBride reports. “The same town that was so perplexed by what we did last year was totally energized and inspired this time around. This was a non-competitive event. We did not jury the artists in or hand out awards. Both professional and amateur artists participated and sold work.
“The vision for this event is to create community amongst the local artists and educate and inspire the local population to support the arts. Plein air events seem to have the unique ability to ignite interest in contemporary painting. I saw it in Paint Annapolis, and I just knew it would be the same here. Boy, did it work!”
Among the artists who participated this year were Donna Winterling, Patti Paulus, Ray Murphy, Katie Ritter, Susan Gill, Michael Kalmach, and Abigail McBride. For more information, visit www.chesapeakecityarts.com.