Ann Schaefer is a plein air artist, gaining her inspiration from the places she paints. The excitement in her work comes from the rapid, fresh brushstrokes and color choices to catch the light of a particular place and time. She works primarily in Maryland, in the area surrounding Washington, DC, Frederick County, and the Eastern Shore.
A Fine Arts graduate of George Washington University, she attended many classes at the Corcoran School of Art. She has always thought of herself as an artist, from childhood, encouraged by the adults around her, including many gifted teachers. Studying at the High School of Music and Art, and growing up in New York City, art was everywhere, and museums were better than playgrounds. While she pursued a career in Federal environmental programs, she painted on weekends and vacations, mostly in watercolor, she began to enjoy outdoor art experiences. Now that she can devote her time to art, she loves plein air painting and hopes that her paintings will be a reminder of how precious our environment is to all of us. She has been juried into many plein air events and group shows in the Washington area, Baltimore, Frederick, Salisbury, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, where her work has often received awards.
This show features 50 paintings done during 2003-2013, and 50 more painted during the past 5 years. Most are plein air paintings and range in size from 12″x 12″ to 24″x 36″ and larger. Many are Maryland scenes, and others are from travel, workshops, and vacations to many destinations including France, Italy, Greece, and Cuba. A variety of media are included–oil, watercolor and acrylic.
Thirty percent of all sales will benefit Little Falls Village, a non-profit organization that helps older residents stay in their homes longer. Since the exhibit and the artist’s home are in the area served, Ann is pleased that this show is a chance to give back and participate in this effort of neighbors helping neighbors. She welcomes calls from friends and clients at 301-706-8805 to answer questions about the show and to provide personal tours.
Free to attend, cocktails and appetizers will be served. There is plenty of free parking at the Shops of Sumner Place.