2019 Artist Overview

Jill Basham

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Trappe, Maryland

In 2018, Jill Basham was awarded Best of Show by judge C.W. Mundy at Door County Plein Air Invitational; Honorable Mention (small works) by judge Jill Carver at Plein Air Easton; Grand Prize by Judge Paul Kratter  Art Muse Contest and the “Sense of Mystery Award” by judges Tim Newton, Seth Hopkins and Ken Backhaus for her painting “Here to Pray” at Olmsted Plein Air Invitational.  This painting was purchased for the permanent collection of the Cherokee Country Club, Atlanta GA. 

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

Zufar Bikbov

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Watertown, CT

Russian-American impressionist Zufar Bikbov received the 2018 - Cape Ann Plein Air, Second Place Award. Gloucester, MA. 2018 - Plein Air Easton, Third Place Award. Easton, MD.2018 - Award of Mid-Atlantic Plain Air Association. Wayne Plein Air. Wayne, Penn.
2018 - Award of Excellence. Members’ Spring Juried Show. Kent Art Association. Kent, Conn. 2017 - Grand Prize, Award of Excellence. Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society. Southington, Conn. 2017 - Precious Water Award. En Plein Air Texas Invitational. San Angelo, Texas. 2017 - Distinctive Merit Award. Laguna Plein Air Invitational. Laguna Beach, California. 2017 - Founders' Award/Best in Show. Spring Juried Show at Kent Art Association. Kent, Conn. 2017 - Exhibition "Dusk till Dawn" at The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California. Irvine, California.  2017 - Best in Show/ Founders' Award at Spring Juried Show, Kent AA. Kent, Conn. 2017 - Atlanta History Center Insiders Plein Air Award at Atlanta-Olmsted Plein Air 2017. Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Bikbov's works were included in the 2016 American Masters Show at the Salmagundi Art Club in New York City and in the Catalog of the New York Botanical Garden. He instructs classes and demonstrates.

Professional Affiliations
Zufar is member if Oil Painters of America, Professional Union of Artists of Russia, Lyme Art Association, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Kent Art Association, Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society

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Website: www.Zufar.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