Plein Air Paintings On Display At Center During September

OCEAN CITY — The Art League of Ocean City (ALOC) will host an opening reception Friday, Sept. 6 from 5-7 p.m. for the Plein Air painting exhibit.
On Aug. 9-10, the ALOC held its annual Plein Air event where 50 artists from six states painted at the Boardwalk, the West Ocean City harbor, bayside marshes and Northside Park. The Plein Air paintings will be on exhibit at the Ocean City Center for the Arts during the month of September.
The Plein Air paintings were judged by talented watercolor artist Jeanne Landau and prizes were awarded. The winners were Cheryl Wisbrock, first place, $1,000 (prize sponsored by Paco’s Paradise) for her painting of the marsh at 76 Street; Dorothy Harrison Braun, second place, $500 prize sponsored by OC Eks Lodge, for her painting of a fishing boat; and Dennis Young, third place, $250 prize sponsored by Worcester County, for his pastel painting of a beach house and boats docked on 94th Street in Ocean City. Honorable mentions went to Debra Howard, Lissa Abrams and Tinsel Hughes.
On Sunday, Aug. 11, there were 22 artists who participated in a quick draw event that was held at the boardwalk next to the Life Saving Station Museum. The quick draw winners were first place, Ann Crostic, $100; second place, Ann Schaefer, $75; and third place, $50, Cheryl Wisbrock. Honorable mention went to Valerie Witowski. The judge for the quick draw was Michel Demanche from Salisbury University.
Featured in the galleria along with the Plein air works during the month of September will be the exhibit, “FLUENCY: Salisbury University Faculty and Student Artwork in Dialogue”. The exhibit will be curated by Salisbury University Art Department Chair Brooke Rogers. The exhibit will feature works by professors, each paired with work by a student.
During the month of September, Faye Kempton will be the artist in residence. Swing by the Center for the Arts to see Faye’s gorgeous dichroic glass jewelry and watercolor and acrylic paintings. In addition to the dichroic glass jewelry and her paintings, Kempton is also a sculptor and a stone carver.
Carl Forsberg will be featured in the member spotlight with his portrait-like photographs of birds. He has always had an interest in photography and things that fly. He loves to photograph birds which he does mostly in the comforts of his own backyard.
“In my work of bird photography I attempt to capture the bird’s individuality, personality, charm and mood at the time of the shot” said Forsberg. “I may spend days, into weeks and thousands of shots for one keeper.”