Glen Echo Park Partnership Galleries: Park View Gallery | Holly Buehler and Pamela Betts Painted Visions: Plein Air Inspired Works

By Editorial Team on July 31, 2023

Fri, August 4 2023 — Sun, October 1 2023

Holly Buehler, Sunflower Wave. Image courtesy of Holly Buehler.
Opening Reception: Friday, August 4 from 6-8pm (during Art Walk)
Art Walk and ALL Glen Echo Gallery Receptions have been
RESCHEDULED to: Saturday, August 12 from 6-8pm

The Park View Gallery presents “Painted Visions: Plein Air Inspired Works,” a two-person exhibition by artists Holly Buehler and Pamela Betts. Both artists have been painting plein air for several years. They have been honored with awards at several plein air competitions in the DMV, and continue to develop their style at various painting events. Both have traveled internationally on workshops sponsored by the Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo Park.

About the Artists
Holly Buehler is a graphic designer and art instructor in Montgomery County, MD. Influenced by her Aunt Mary, Buehler’s passion for the arts increased throughout her early years. Later having received a BFA from Eastern Michigan University, she dove into the high-tech design world of the television industry. In recent years she has focused on the creative expression of painting on canvas. Buehler has received many accolades from her admirers. Juror Therese Capal comments on Buehler’s style of painting, “work has abandoned lines and instead interprets the river in colors, emotion and confident sweeping paint…The treatment of the brush strokes and flowing color choices are wonderful.”

Buehler currently is an art instructor at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo Park. She constantly finds interesting places to paint around the DMV, and is always intent on finding that spark of beauty and atmosphere that awaits.

Pamela Betts is a representational painter based in the Washington, DC metro area. She received her BA in Fine Art at Moravian College (now University) in Bethlehem, PA in 1990. Through her love of art, she discovered art conservation and earned a Master of Science in Art Conservation from Winterthur Museum/University of Delaware in 2000. She currently works as a painting conservator at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland where the close study of various methods and materials used by centuries of painters is a great inspiration to her own work.

Betts pursued figure drawing from life for many years before more recently returning to landscape painting. The draw to landscape, encouraged largely through instruction with Glen Echo Park Resident Artist Walter Bartman, started in earnest during the early days of the pandemic and continues to this day. Through her explorations into the landscape, Betts reflects on moments of beauty and intrigue found in our natural surroundings. She searches for ways to capture these experiences with paint, experimenting with mark-making and subtle degrees of abstraction. She especially enjoys painting outdoors ‘en plein air’ where she embraces the challenge of directly observing and recording sensations of light, atmosphere, and mood. She is an award-winning artist who has been juried into plein air competitions in Maryland and Virginia and has exhibited her work in several local galleries in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Artist Statement (Pamela Betts)
I love the challenge and rewards of landscape painting with oils outdoors where two of my greatest passions – nature and painting – combine to offer endless opportunities of exploration and discovery. What I love most about plein air painting is simple in theory: directly observing changing light and weather conditions, and their effects on forms and compositions in the landscape. However, it can be complex in execution: grasping to quickly capture these fleeting moments and moods, all while exposed to the elements and the whims of mother nature. It presents an intriguing dichotomy of slowing down to observe but hurrying up to respond. I pay homage to many artists of centuries past who have painted their surroundings, but I aim to capture a mood specific to my own locale and time. For me, it is an incredible privilege and pleasure to spend a few hours immersed in nature, a reminder that we are all part of this natural world, which needs our understanding and protection more than ever. I hope that in turn my paintings connect with viewers and encourage them to take note of their own surroundings, seeing anew what may have become ordinary through time. Taking a fresh look around could help us all to find commonality and inspire empathy, tools we will need to get us through future trials.

ABOUT THE GLEN ECHO PARK PARTNERSHIP FOR ARTS AND CULTURE:

The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, a non-profit organization, manages the arts programs and historic buildings of Glen Echo Park, a vibrant arts and cultural center in Montgomery County, MD. The Park offers classes and camps in visual and performing arts, art exhibitions, children’s theater performances, summer concerts, environmental programs, special events and festivals, and a lively social dance program. Glen Echo Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo, Maryland, six miles northwest of Georgetown along the scenic Potomac River palisades.

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Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD.