Chatham Plein Air Art
On a beautiful Fall Saturday in October, Friends of Chatham held the first Plein Air* Day at Chatham Manor. Approximately 20 local artists and photographers spread out on the grounds of Chatham to create their special work of art using our favorite venue as their subject. The artists that participated in the Plein Air day donated their pieces of art that Friends of Chatham will be auctioning on May 1.
*plein-air – denoting or in the manner of a 19th-century style of painting outdoors, or with a strong sense of the open air, that became a central feature of French impressionism.
For more information of Plein Air art in Fredericksburg, visit the “Fredericksburg Plein Air Artists” on Facebook.
Twenty percent of the proceeds of the sale of the art will go to
The Liz Thompson Memorial Garden Fund for Chatham Gardens.
Chatham Manor and its grounds and outbuildings are located at 120 Chatham Lane in Stafford, Virginia just across the river from the City of Fredericksburg. An historic plantation home and a hospital, headquarters, and communication center during the Civil War battle of Fredericksburg, Chatham now serves as the headquarters for the Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania National Military Park. Chatham Manor is open daily.. Park volunteers are always on hand to give tours of the buildings. There is also a 12 minute film on the history of Chatham and a 32 minute film that explains the Fredericksburg civilian experience during the Civil War.
Friends of Chatham would like to thank Charles and Stephanie Maurer, the owners of Federal Hill, for providing a special exhibit of the Friends of Chatham’s plein air art and providing the venue for the Garden Party and Art Auction on May 1. The art will be on display inside Federal Hill when it is open on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 as part of Historic Virginia Garden Week in Fredericksburg hosted by The Rappahannock Valley Garden Club. Tickets required. Visit www.vagardenweek.org for more information.
Chatham Plein Air Art ~ Available at the May Day Garden Party and Art Auction
Penny A. Parrish