“100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic” & McBride Gallery

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A unique exhibit at the McBride Gallery showcases Gary Pendleton‘s new book “100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Altantic” and the book’s featured artists paintings.   Gary Pendleton is an Chesapeake Bay artist, illustrator, and naturalist.  Also, he is very interested in art history.  He combined his talents and interest to write a very in-depth book about plein art in the Mid-Atlantic region and the various schools of art that influenced the region’s artist.


What is plein air you ask?  Plein air (en plein air) is the act of painting outdoors (in the open air).  There are many plein air events thought out the bay region (Annapolis, Easton, etc.).  The Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association promotes the appreciation of and participation of out door painting.  The group has special plein air events and workshops during the year in case you are interested.

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Notice the vibrant lights in the paintings.  The artist absorbs the natural light, the sights, the sounds and the atmosphere while painting plein air.  Plein air is painting life as it happens. These are just a small selection of the paintings in the exhibit.


The featured artists have been signing copies of Pendleton’s book as they visit McBride’s Gallery.  These signed books are available at the McBride Gallery in Annapolis, MD. The exhibition will continuing until December 7th.


Pendleton’s book is published by Schiffer Publishing.

Websites of interest:

McBride Gallery


100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic – Facebook


Schiffer Publishing


Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association



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