2018 Artists Overview

Suzie Baker

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Shenandoah, TX

In 2017 Suzie Baker was awarded the Directors Choice Award at Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational; First Place at Telluride Plein Air; First Place and Second Place Overall at Sedona Art Prize;  Third Place at Shadows on the Teche Plein Air;  Third Place in the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society On-Line International and the Collection Magazine Award at Art Renewal Center International Salon. Ms. Baker also found time to appear at Maui Plein Air; Shadows on the Teche Plein Air; Olmsted Plein Air Invitational; Easton Plein Air; Door County Plein Air; and Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational.

Suzie appeared in 2017 Shows including OPA National Exhibition; OPA Western Regional; AIS National Exhibition; AWA National Exhibition; NOAPS Best of America Exhibition; Portrait Society of America, Members only Show and Art Renewal Center International Salon.

Professional Affiliations
Ms. Baker is a Board Member and Signature Member of Oil Painters of America; a Signature Member of American Impressionist Society, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Outdoor Painters Society and American Women Artists, as well as Member of Portrait Society of America.  

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Suzie will appear in Plein Air Magazine, “Artist Profile”, December/January Issue, 2017/18 as well as in two previous issues, and in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, “More Than Just Faces”, May/June Issue, 2017.

Website:  www.suziebaker.com

Jill Basham


Trappe, Maryland

In 2017, Jill Basham won the Award of Distinction at Plein Air Texas; Award of Merit in Best of the Chesapeake at McBride Gallery; Honorable Mention, Bucks Beauty at Bucks County Plein Air; Finalist for her painting Heating Up in the Artmuse Contest. Jill participated in Plein Air Easton; the Inaugural Small Works Exhibition of American Impressionist Society at Costa Mesa CA; the Historic Black and White Exhibition of the Salmagundi Club; and in Artmuse Show of Winners at the Jack Meier Gallery.

Professional Affiliations
Ms. Basham is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Salmagundi Club and the Washington Society of Landscape Painters.

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Jill has been featured in Plein Air Magazine, American Art Collector, and in the book 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic by Gary Pendleton.

Website:  www.jillbasham.com

Michele Byrne

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Reading, PA

In 2017 Michele Byrne was awarded Honorable Mention in both the 18th National Juried Exhibition of the American Impressionist Society and in the Lighthouse Arts Festival; the Rosemary Brushes Award at Wayne Plein Air Festival; Award of Excellence Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Invitational; her work was added to the Permanent Collection of Grand Teton National Park Foundation and she painted in the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibit. 

The previous year, 2016, Ms. Byrne won Second Prize Overall in Plein Air Magazine’s Salon; was Paint Out Winner at Sedona Plein Air Invitational; and Award of Excellence at the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Invitational and showed in the American Dreams Exhibit at Eckert and Ross Fine Art Gallery.

Professional Affiliations
Michele is a Signature Member of American Impressionist Society and a member of Oil Painters of America, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters; Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, and Artists Fellowship, Inc.

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Ms. Byrne was featured in Southwest Art Magazine; Plein Air Magazine; on OutdoorPainter.com; and in “The Colors of Cuba” in Reading Eagle. She is included in books: 100 Plein-Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic and The Art of Conversation: Manhattan.

Website: www.michelebyrne.com

Hiu Lai Chong


Rockville, MD

Ms. Chong is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America; American Society of Marine Artists; Laguna Plein Air Painters; and Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and belongs to California Art Club and Washington Society of Landscape Painters.

Hiu Lai has appeared in Plein Air Magazine (three features) Southwest Art Magazine (five features); Fine Art Connoisseur (twice) Elan Magazine; Hill Rag and the cover of the New York Botanical Garden Adult Education magazine. She has been included The Art of Plein Air Painting: An Essential Guide to Materials, Concepts, and Techniques by M. Stephen Doherty; Painting California: Seascapes and Beach Towns by Jean Stern and Molly Siple; and 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic by Gary Pendleton.

Website: www.hiulaichong.com

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Jane McGraw-Teubner

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East Northport, NY

In 2017 Jane McGraw-Teubner won the Plein Air Magazine Award at the Wayne County Plein Air Competition; the Jane Impastasto Award at the Salmagundi Art Club Members Show; and the Bronze Award in the Master Circle IAPS Show in Albuquerque. As well, Ms. McGraw-Teubner has been juried into Plein Air Easton for the last three years.

Professional Affiliations
Ms. McGraw is a Signature Member/Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America, a Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Societies;  and is professionally affiliated with the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and Allied Artists of America.

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Jane McGraw-Teubner was the cover artist for Plein Air Magazine Oct/Nov 2017 issue with a 5-page feature article; she is included in “Enduring Brilliance II in 2018, and was the featured artist in Huntington Times News, NY in December 2017.

Website:  www.janemcgraw-teubner.com

Aimee Erickson

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Portland, OR

In 2017 Aimee Erickson won Best in Show at Laguna Plein Air Invitational; she swept Olmsted Plein Air Invitational with Best of Show, Clyde Aspevig Judge’s Choice, and Best Paint Quick; Best in Show and the Museum’s Purchase Award for the Pacific Northwest Plein Air; Fourth Place in the Oil Painters of America Paint-in; Honorable Mention and Best QuickDraw at Carmel Festival of the Arts; and Honorable Mention in the American Impressionist Society National Exhibition. Aimee also participated in Door County Plein Air; Russia: International Plein Air; Oil Painters of America National Exhibition; and Portrait Society of America/Six by Nine Exhibition and Sale.

Professional Affiliations
Ms. Erickson is a Signature Member of both Oil Painters of America and LPAPA; and is a member of the Salmagundi Club; American Impressionist Society; Audubon Artists of NYC and the Portrait Society of America.

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Aimee Erickson is featured in Plein Air Magazine September, 2017; in Outdoor Painter.com; in Southwest Art Magazine’s Artists to Watch and in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine’s Three to Watch.

Website: www.aimeeerickson.com

Virginia Fergus

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Atlanta, GA

Virginia Fergus participated in the 2018 Naples, FL New Years Art Fair, and in 2017 won First Place at the Paint Quick competition at Olmsted Plein Air Invitational. In 2017 she also participated in Brookhaven Arts Festival; Fall foliage Art Show of Waynesboro, VA; St. James Court Art Fair of Louisville, KY; River Clay Fine Arts Festival of Decatur, AL; Alexandria Festival of Art in Virginia; Art in the Park in Marietta, GA; Cary Lazy Daze in Cary, NC; Woodland Art Fair; Virginia Highlands Festival in Abingdon, VA; and Watercolor En Plein Air in Montreat, NC.

First Place at the 2017 Olmsted Plein Air Paint Quick Competition

Website: www.vsfergus.com

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Scott Gellatly

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Portland, OR

Scott Gellatly won the Award of Merit at 2017 Sedona Plein Air; Best Sense of Place at the 2016 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational and Best Sky at the 2016 Pacific Northwest Plein Air.

Professional Affiliations
Mr. Gellatly is Product Manager and Ambassador for Gamblin Artists Colors.

Scott Gellatly was recently featured in the April 2017 The Artist's Magazine.

Website:   www.scottgellatly.com

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John Guernsey

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Marietta, GA

Returning Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Georgia Artist John Guernsey was active in 2017. Mr. Guernsey was awarded Best of Show at the Los Gatos Plein Air Festival; First Place QuickDraw at Plein Air  Easton; and  Honorable Mention at Carmel Plein Air Festival.

In 2016 John received the Award of Excellence at the Carmel-by-the-Sea Plein Air Festival, Second Place and Los Gatos Plein Air Festival.

Mr. Guernsey’s solo shows include Quinlan Art Center in Gainesville, Florida. His teaching workshops and classes are held at Bascom Art Center in Highlands, NC and Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA, along with ongoing classes at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, The Art Loft in Dahlonega, GA and The Art School at Sandy Springs, GA. He is currently represented by Mountain Mist Gallery in Cashiers, NC.

Mr. Guernsey has been included in Plein Air Magazine for his achievements.

Website:  johnbguernsey.blogspot.com

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Joseph Gyurcsak

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Hamilton, NJ

In 2017 Joe Gyurcsak won Grand Prize at Plein Air Easton and Grand Prize at Heart of the River Plein Air Festival.

In 2016 Mr. Gyurcsak swept the 6th Annual Plein Air Salon competition with three awards including Second Place Overall, Best Acrylic and Best Nocturne; he won the awards for Outstanding Acrylic Painting and Outstanding Watercolor in Bold Brush Fine Art Studio Online (FASO); he was an award winner in the International Society of Acrylic Painters Online; and earned Honorable Mention at the Bucks County Plein Air Festival.  

Mr. Gyurcsak is the subject of Southwest Art Magazine’s forthcoming article “Artists to Watch 2018” and appeared in the Los Angeles Times “Painters Capture Essence of Laguna Beach during Plein Air Contest"; and in “Artist Spotlight” online in Fine Art Views Newsletter. His recent interview by Antrese Wood in the SavvyPainter.com Podcast is titled “The Impact of an Art Mentor”. Joe Gyurcsak was interviewed online by John Pototschnik in “Acrylic Paints & Their Spontaneous Look” for Plein Air Magazine; and he is included in Gary Pendleton’s book 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic. 

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Professional Affiliations
Joe Gyurcsak is professionally affiliated as a Signature Member of both American Impressionist Society and International Society of Acrylic Painters. He is a member of the  Salmagundi Club; California Art Club; Oil Painters of America;  Garden State Watercolor Society; and Laguna Beach LPAPA.

Website:  www.josephgyurcsak.com

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Eric Jacobsen


Pineville, OR

In 2017, Eric Jacobsen earned Finalist in Boldbrush Fine Art Studio Online (FASO) in both August and October; Honorable mention at Rice Gallery of Fine Art Plein Air Show; and second place at Pacific Northwest Plein Air. Mr. Jacobsen participated in the American Impressionist Society Show; the American Impressionist Society Small Works Show; the Door County Plein Air Festival; Montgomery Lee Fine Art; ‘Going Places’ at Kneeland Gallery; and the Randy Higbee Gallery.

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In 2018 he will exhibit in ‘Double Vision’ at the Mockingbird Gallery; the Door County Plein Air Festival; Sonoma Plein Air and Olmsted Plein Air Invitational.

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Professional Affiliations
Eric Jacobsen is professionally affiliated with the American Impressionist Society and holds Signature membership in Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters.

Mr. Jacobsen was recently featured in SouthWest Art Magazine.  

Website:   www.jacobsenfineart.com


Russell Jewell

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Easley, SC

Russell Jewell returns to the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational and his recent awards include the 2014 Plein Air Richmond Architectural Award; 2014 Easels in Frederick Architectural Award and People’s Choice Award; $5K winner of 2014 Michelin Tire International Festival;  Grand Prize 2013 Easels in Fredericks Plein Air.

Professional Affiliations
Mr. Jewell’s affiliations include Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, and Signature Member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and recipient of the John Singer Sargent Award.

He was published in North Light Publications The Best of Watercolor Splash 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 16 and has been featured in Watercolor Artist Magazine (2009) and Artist Magazine (2005). 

In addition to being a painter, Dr. Jewell is an academic with a Doctorate of Education in Art from the University of Georgia and Masters of Art from the University of South Carolina, with many educational and teaching awards.

Website:  www.russelljewell.com

Christine Lashley

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Washington, D. C. 

Christine's paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has won many First Place awards for both landscape and figurative work, and has recently been given awards by Oil Painters of America and Portrait Society of America. Christine is a frequent participant in juried outdoor painting competitions such as Plein Air Easton, Bath County, Richmond, and Telluride. For the past few years, she has won honors at all events attended, including 2017 Quick Draw First Place at both Richmond Plein Air and Bucks County Plein Air. She teaches art workshops locally and internationally. Her work has been published in: North Light Books, American Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air Magazine.

Recent Awards:

PORTRAIT SOCIETY OF AMERICA: Finalist, Non-comissioned Portrait Category, Member's Show. 2017

OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA EASTERN REGIONAL: Artistic Award of Excellence.  2107

PLEIN AIR BATH COUNTY, VA: Third Place in Show. 2017

PLEIN AIR SOLOMONS, MD: Best Cove Point Sunrise Painting, Honorable Mention Quick Draw and in Show. 2017

PLEIN-AIR RICHMOND, VA: First Place Quick Draw, Plein Air Award in Show. 2017

PLEIN-AIR BUCKS COUNTY, PA: Honorable Mention Award in Show, First Place Saturday Quick Draw. 2017

26th OPA NATIONAL SHOW: Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati, OH. Oil Painters of America, juried show. May, 2017. Merit Awards in each category at the Quick Paint "Beautiful Ohio" Show (two awards: Indoor and Plein Air).

Website:  lashleyart.com

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Sergio Lopez


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Santa Rosa, CA

In 2017 Sergio Lopez, a native of Sonoma County, California, was awarded Third Place at Umpqua Plein Air; the Rehs Contemporary Exhibition Award of the Art Renewal Center; the Maryhill Museum Award of Maryhill Museum; and Third Place Quick Draw at Plein Air Easton.

Sergio has twice been selected as Finalist for the Art Renewal Center’s yearly Salon. He was awarded Best of Show in Epperson Gallery’s Valona Paint Out two years in a row, and won awards at Paint San Clemente Festival; Telluride Plein Air; and Alameda Plein Air.

Professional Affiliations
Mr. Lopez is an Artist Member of the California Art Club. He also is the co-founder of the North Bay Plein Air Painters group and has been helping organize monthly paint-outs since 2009.

Sergio has been featured in American Art Collector Magazine and in Southwest Art Magazine. His female nudes have appeared in publications such as Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, Spectrum, Bluecanvas, and many online publications.

Website:  www.themainloop.com

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Andre Lucero

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Goochland, Virginia

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2017 Plein Air Richmond-Honorable Mention, 2017 Solomons Island Plein Air-Honorable mention, 2017 Solomons Plein Air- Third Place Quick Draw, 2017 Plein Air Festival Lighthouse Art Center-Honorable Mention, 2017 Sedona Plein Air Festival- First Place quick Draw

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Olmsted Plein Air 2017, Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival 2017, Plein Air Richmond 2017, Plei Air Easton 2017, Door County Plein Air Festival 2017, Adirondack Plein Air Festival 2017, Solomons Island Plein Air 2017, Bath County Plein Air Festival 2017, Sedone Plein Air Festival 2017 

So far for 2018, Mr. Lucero has accepted invitations to Door County Plein Air Festival; as Faculty at the Plein Air South, to Lighthouse Plein Air; and of course Olmsted Plein Air Invitational.

Professional Affiliations
Plein Air Painters of the South East

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2016 Cover and feature article “The Art of Plein Air Painting” Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, Richmond Magazine; and he was included in the book 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid Atlantic.

Website:  www.andrelucero.com


Jonathan McPhillips

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Saunderstown, RI

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In 2017 Jonathan McPhillips was invited to the American Impressionist Society 18th National Juried Exhibition, Park City, UT; Maritime Gallery 38th Juried International Marine Art Exhibition, Mystic, CT; Modern Marine Masters Exhibition, Mystic, CT; Laguna Plein Air Painters "August Nights" and “Best of Plein Air” Juried Exhibitions; Art League of Rhode Island "Boats, Surf, Beaches" Juried Exhibition where he won an Award of Merit. In addition Mr. McPhillips participated in the "All Hands on Deck" Group Invitational Exhibition in Newport, RI as well as a One Man Show, Addison Art Gallery, Cape Cod, MA.

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Jonathan is a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York City; the American Impressionist Society "Signature Member" status, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and the Art League of Rhode Island.

In 2017 Mr. McPhilliops was featured in American Art Collector, September 2017 "Celebrate Our Waters" article.

Website:  www.jonathanmcphillips.com

Nikolay Mikushkin

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Syracuse, New York

Nikolay Mikushkin has thirty+ years of plein air experience, drawing upon his classical training from Russia. In 2017, Mr. Mikushkin participated in Adirondack Plein Air Festival. In 2016 he won Best New Artist and Vanishing Landscape Awards at Plein Air Easton; Best in Show in Seneca Lake Plein Air Festival; and participated in Mountain Maryland Plein Air Festival and Paint Annapolis.

Professional Affiliations
Mr. Mukushikin is an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America; a Member of New York plein Air Painters/NYPAP; and a Member of United Scenic Artists, producing work for motion pictures commercials and television.

Nikolay Mikushkin has appeared in Syracuse New Times www.syracusenewtimes.com; CNYArts  www.cnyarts.org; and www.syracuse.com

Website:  www.nikolaymikushkin.com

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Kathie Odom


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Knoxville, TN

In 2017, Kathie Odom was awarded Best Oil at the Plein Air Salon; Honorable Mention and Finalist at The Gateway International Painting Competition; MAPAPA award at Wayne Art Center's 11th Plein Air Festival; Third Place in the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association 13th Annual Best of Plein Air; Honorable Mention at Lighthouse Art Center's Plein Air Festival in Tequesta, Florida; Finalist at the Sedona Art Prize; and Master Class Finalist in the Art Muse Contest.

Kathie also participated this year in Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition; Oil Painters of America Summer Online Showcase; American Impressionists Society 18th Annual Juried Exhibition; Plein Air Easton; Door County Plein Air Festival; Sedona Plein Air Festival; “Trains, Pleins, Automobiles Show”, “Urban and Landscape Show” and 11th annual “Less is More Show”, all at the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association; American Impressionist Society Small Work Showcase; Olmsted Plein Air Invitational; 26th annual National Juried Exhibition of the Oil Painters of America; and Airsteam Fine Art Invitational.

Ms. Odom’s Shows included Artists for the New Century at The Bennington; Legacy Gallery Holiday Small Works Show; and Art Muse 2016 Winners Show at the Jack Meier Gallery.

As an experienced and knowledgeable painter, Kathie Odom was asked to Judge both the Gateway International Painting Competition and Paint the Town Plein Air Event in 2017.

Professional Affiliations
Ms. Odom is a Signature Member of Women Painters of the Southeast and of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association; she is a member of Oil Painters of America; American Impressionist Society; Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE); and the Arts and Culture Alliance of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Ms. Odom was named Artist to Watch in Southwest Art Magazine’s June 2016 issue.

Website:  www.KathieOdom.com