Demonstrations & Lectures

Professional Artist Demonstrations:

Registration required to participate. Both demonstrations will occur at the Blackburn Inn. 

Thursday, April 19 from 2-3 pm

$20 for BSSS members/$25 for non-members. Register for both demonstrations and save: $35 for BSSS members/$45 for non-members.

Come watch professional artist and BSSS workshop instructor, Maria Reardon, use the vibrant and diverse colors of pastels in a painterly fashion to represent the light and mood of a particular location. Maria’s paintings are just as much about a moment in time as about a specific scene or subject.  Register prior with the BSSS office.

Thursday, April 19 from 3:15-4:15 pm

$20 for BSSS members/$25 for non-members. Register for both demonstrations and save: $35 for BSSS members/$45 for non-members.

Come watch professional artist Beth Bathe paint her beautiful art with water soluble oil paint. Register prior with the BSSS office.


Professional Artist Lectures:

Free and open to the public. First come/first served for seating in the BSSS Gallery located at 22 W. Beverley St. Downtown, Staunton. 

Tuesday, April 17 from 7-8 pm

Exploring Different On-Site Painting Approaches: Five Artists Who Inspire Me to Paint

Lecture by core BSSS instructor and local professional artist Elizabeth Geiger

During her one-hour lecture, Elizabeth will share images and paintings from private collections of five unique artists while discussing their various approaches to direct observation painting.  Most of them contemporary, these painters have influenced Geiger’s own process and show an exceptional commitment to art-making despite the challenges of working on-site. Be inspired while learning how Elizabeth incorporates some of their traditional and non-traditional methods into her own still life and plein air work.


Thursday, April 19 from 7-8 pm

Italian Plein Air Painters: The Macchiaioli 

Lecture by professional Plein Air Artist Bruno Baran


The Macchiaioli (literally “patch- or spot-makers”), was a group of Italian artists based in Tuscany around Florence during the second half of the 19th century, established a decade before the French Impressionists. Their work was influenced by Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, the painters of the Barbizon School, and other 19th-century plein-air painters whose work they saw on their visits to Paris, especially in the Exposition universelle of 1855. The output of the Macchiaioli includes immense 19th-century movement for the liberation and unification of Italy battle scenes and other military subjects, landscapes, and peasant and bourgeois subjects; they are, however, best-known and loved for the small, sketch-like paintings from which their nickname is derived (the ‘macchia’ being a sketch-like composition using blocks of colour). Giovanni Fattori’s La Rotonda dei Bagni Palmieri, is typical of this type of painting.

The resemblance between the Impressionists and the Macchiaioli has often been called attention to, as in an exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris with the potentially crowd-pulling title Les Macchiaioli, des Impressionistes Italiens?  The exhibition was shown at the Fundación MAPFRE  in Madrid with the title Macchiaioli. Realismo impresionista en Italia, 12 September 2013 – 5 January 2014).