A Wandering Path: The Works of Deliece Blanchard
March 5 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
First Friday Opening Reception Friday, March 5th
Beverages for purchase and complimentary snacks.
Timed, Limited Sessions with 25 people per session.
Please call the gallery to reserve yours!
Slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
**Masks are required in the gallery**
Music Provided by our March Artist in Residence Bergamot Quartet
This First Friday event is sponsored by Riverwood Designs
EXHIBITION DATES MARCH 5 – 27
About the Artist
Deliece Blanchard paints landscapes, with lyrical and rhythmic marks that reveal her background in music. Her plein air and studio paintings are colorfully impressionistic, and frequently depict her favorite environment, the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Deliece’s painting, “Blueberry Harvest” appeared in the April 2020 issue of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. Her painting, “Ruskin’s Garden” was in the 2019 National Juried Exhibition of the American Impressionist Society (AIS) at the Salmagundi Club in NYC, and she also had work accepted in the 2019 AIS National Small Works Show, the 2018 Oil Painters of America National Salon Show. Deliece participated in six national plein air festivals in 2019, and was awarded an honorable mention at the invitational Gloucester Arts Festival, by Kenn Backhaus, where she was subsequently invited to be an Artist in Residence for October 2019. In addition to several fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, she has been invited for a painting residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Arts Centre in Ireland and looks forward to visiting Ireland when travel becomes possible again.
A cellist, as well as a painter, Deliece has degrees in biology and music from the University of Virginia and taught orchestra in the public schools for 24 years. She describes painting en plein air as a further step in an appreciation of the natural world, where being outside “with a purpose” makes one a fellow-creature on the earth.
“Painting makes me happy like nothing else. Just mixing paint on the palette is fascinating and worthwhile. John Ruskin said that one should be no more proud, nor defensive, nor anguished when making art, than a robin building a nest. It should come naturally and be practiced by all humans. I agree and I feel the most natural when I am painting! I also feel the most challenged, which keeps me striving. My intention is for my paintings to show a dynamic relationship between spatial depth and surface pattern, an interaction of color, and an expressive variety of brushstrokes.” – Deliece Blanchard
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