Just in the past week several of our artists have received recognition. We love to hear this kind of good news! Kirk McBride has again received an invitation to participate in the prestigious Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational sponsored by the Laguna Art Museum. This is the 14th annual event and it will be the third year in a row Kirk has headed to California for a week of painting the beautiful landscapes of coastal canyons and coves. What we love is that Kirk takes a lot of photographs while there and comes back to his studio to paint larger paintings with lots of California light. Check this link to find out more about this event. While his favorite painting partner and wife Lynne Lockhart does go to paint (although she has been invited in the past) she spends the week taking great photos which often become subject matter for future paintings.
Jim Rehak is the other artist who won several awards at the Rehoboth Art League's Annual Member Show. Not only did he receive Best in Show, he also received Best Eastern Shore Landscape. I have judged this show so I know the quality of the work submitted. Jim's American Discovery Trail shows how well he captures the atmosphere of coastal dunes. Jim is a wonderful plein air painter so these are much deserved awards. If by chance you are in Rehoboth stop by the Boardwalk Hotel to see the other side of Jim's creativity. He is the best caricature artist around! His talent delights beach visitors each summer.
Congratulations Kirk and Jim!