Sunday, August 5, 2018

After the Opening

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My painting from the pre-exhibition paintout
by Michael Chesley Johnson

My local painting group, Plein Air Painters of the Bay of Fundy, opened its annual exhibition on Friday evening in St Andrews, New Brunswick.  We arrived a day early so I could help with the hanging—we had had over 70 pieces!—and also to do a little publicity.  Trina had the brilliant idea of Instagramming several photos of the show announcement against interesting backgrounds.  We spent a hot hour or so at Kingbrae Gardens, and here is a collage of this effort:

I can't recall a hotter time in St Andrews.  Temperatures hit 86, but with humidity also in the 80s and absolutely no breeze, it felt like 100.  (You can calculate this for yourself with this handy tool.) Fortunately, the recent renovations at Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre, where the paintings are being shown, included air-conditioning.  Time was when no one had air-conditioning in the Canadian Maritimes, but now it is fast becoming a necessity.  We would have spent all morning at the gardens, but the heat, especially when the sun popped out of the mist, sent us indoors.  I gladly spent a few hours with measuring tape, pencil and hammer hanging paintings.

My paintings at the show

Friday was a bit drier yet still tropical.  But during lunch at the Niger Reef Teahouse, we spotted a shady lawn just outside the restaurant with a view—perfect for the paintout we'd planned for the afternoon.  A little breeze arrived, too.  But after an hour of painting, the heat got to me again, so we retreated to our host's home where we had showers and a/c.

Me at the paintout

My setup

Simone Ritter bikes to her painting locations
The opening was well-attended, and I enjoyed speaking with everyone.  We saw many red dots go up, too.  That's always encouraging on opening night.

The show runs through Saturday, August 25, 2018, at Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre, 139 Water Street, St Andrews, NB. (Closed on Sundays.)  For more on our group, visit or visit our Facebook page at

Here I give introductory remarks

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