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Reception will be held on Friday for Jacalyn Beam, Nancy Tankersley

Jacalyn Beam is one of two plein air painters featured in a show opening on Friday at the Chadds Ford Gallery.

Jacalyn Beam is one of two plein air painters featured in a show opening on Friday at the Chadds Ford Gallery.

CHADDS FORD – The Chadds Ford Gallery will open A Showing of Recent Artworks by Jacalyn Beam and Nancy Tankersley” on Friday, April 11, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m.; the exhibit will continue through Sunday, April 27.

Born in Chester County, Jacalyn Beam’s early training in art was rooted in the history and beauty of the Brandywine Valley.  Holding a bachelor’s in music, her passion for painting was influenced by a few of her favorite artists Wyeth, Sorolla, Sargent, Schofield and Thayer.  A member of the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Society, the Chadds Ford Historical Society, where she chairs its annual Winter Plein Air Event, which features works created in a single sitting.  Beam is included in the book “100 Mid-Atlantic Plein AirPainters,” scheduled for release in 2014, a gallery news release said.

“I paint outdoors because the world is rich with beauty and it’s the optimal way to see three-dimensional objects, the subtleties of light and shadows, atmospheric perspective and real colors,” said Beam.  “Plein air painting is also a lot of fun!  You meet new friends – animal and human – have fleeting conversations with bicyclists and joggers, while experiencing the sounds and smells of the outdoors.”

Works by Nancy Tankersley will be part of an exhibit opening at the Chadds Ford Gallery.

Works by Nancy Tankersley will be part of an exhibit opening at the Chadds Ford Gallery.

Award-winning artist Nancy Tankersley’s love of the Chesapeake Bay area is evident in many of her landscapes, while painting en plein air as often as possibleA contemporary impressionistexhibiting from the Mid-Atlantic coast to California, Tankersley is a signature member of Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters, member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, the Salmagundi Club of New York City, Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society.

In addition to exhibiting in many one-person exhibits, Tankersley was honored to be selected as one of two painters from the Eastern Shore to be part of a show titled, “Making Art: Explorations in Process” at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Md., the release said.

“I think it is important for contemporary artists to capture the land and the people as they are today,” said Tankersley. “I do not try to romanticize or invent my subjects, but I do try to show the beauty of the ordinary.  People engaged in their occupations, enjoying their leisure time by eating, shopping or just strolling down a street … all of these are ordinary subjects which can make extraordinary paintings.”

Located at 1609 Baltimore Pike (U.S. 1) in Chadds Ford, the gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5pm and Sundays, 12:00pm to 5:00pm, no admission fee. For more information, visit www.awyethgallery.com or call 610-388-2412.

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