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Wash­ing­ton So­ci­ety of Land­scape Pain­ters ex­hibit

The Wash­ing­ton So­ci­ety of Land­scape Pain­ters is a group of 40 artists from the D.C. area who have been ju­ried into the or­ga­ni­za­tion by es­tab­lished mem­bers. To­gether, they par­tic­i­pate in reg­u­lar plein air events and an­nual ex­hi­bi­tions. This Septem­ber, Prin­ci­ple Gallery in Alexandria, Vir­ginia, will host the group’s next show fea­tur­ing 60 paint­ings that de­pict ev­ery­thing from moun­tain­ous lands to ur­ban scenes.

Christine Lash­ley will present her painting Val­ley Shad­ows, which was orig­i­nally a demon­stra­tion for her stu­dents on how green can vary in hue de­pend­ing on if its in the fore­ground, mid­dle ground or back­ground. “Dra­matic clouds were present, cast­ing shad­ows on the land­scape,” she re­calls. “I en­hanced the feel­ing of soft light on the val­ley floor to play up the dra­matic light on the far moun­tain and build­ings.”

De­picted in Sara Linda Poly’s land­scape A Whis­per of Light is a lo­cale not far from her home on the East­ern Shore of Mary­land. The work shows the glint of the ris­ing sun on the wa­ter as well as it fil­ter­ing through the lush veg­e­ta­tion. “In the very early morn­ing it is of­ten so at­mo­spheric near the wa­ter and very quiet,” she says. “This is a stu­dio piece in­spired by a plein air painting I did on lo­ca­tion.”

Brook­lyn View, by Nancy Tanker­s­ley, is one of many ur­ban land­scapes that will be on view. It was in­spired by the view the artist saw while rid­ing on the top of a dou­bledecker bus as it went across an over­pass in the New York City bor­ough. “I had ac­ci­den­tally taken the wrong bus and found my­self cap­tive for an hour­long tour of Brook­lyn,” Tanker­s­ley shares. “It was for­tu­nate be­cause that one hour has in­spired sev­eral paint­ings where I am ex­plor­ing com­pos­ing with a ‘bird’s-eye’ view.”

Other artists par­tic­i­pat­ing in the show in­clude Lisa Mitchell, Bernard J. Del­lario, Hiu Lai Chong, Meg Walsh, Hai-Ou Hou, Lani Browning and Harry Jaecks, to name a few.

Prin­ci­ple Gallery will host an open­ing re­cep­tion Septem­ber 21 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., while painting demon­stra­tions with se­lect artists hap­pen Septem­ber 22 at 1 p.m. The show will re­main on view through Oc­to­ber 16.

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