Meg Walsh: landscapes and light at R.H. Ballard

For the first of three gallery openings this fall, new paintings by Meg Walsh will be exhibited at R. H. Ballard Gallery in Washington Sept. 22 to Oct. 14.

An opening reception for the artist takes is 4:30 to 7 Saturday, Sept. 22. Gray Ghost Vineyards will be pouring selections of their award-winning wines and delicious catering will be provided by Washington’s new cafe and wine bar, Tula’s Off Main. The public is invited.

“Country Road,” a 16-by-20 oil, is among Meg Walsh’s paintings on exhibit at R. H. Ballard Gallery.
“Country Road,” a 16-by-20 oil, is among Meg Walsh’s paintings on exhibit at R. H. Ballard Gallery.

Meg Walsh is a Virginia artist, an award-winning painter who has exhibited widely on the east coast. Her work is in numerous collections including the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Md., the National Institutes of Health, Georgetown University Hospital, and Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville.

Walsh’s concentration is on plein air painting, taking her easel into the open to capture nature at its best. She also creates studio paintings as well, both with a deft and lively brush using light as her defining inspiration. Her work is exuberant, catching the essence of each subject with clarity and a feeling of the subject without overwrought detail.

Detail of Meg Walsh’s “Clearing Skies” (oil, 16-by-20), part of the plein air painter’s exhibit at R.H. Ballard Gallery.
Detail of Meg Walsh’s “Clearing Skies” (oil, 16-by-20), part of the plein air painter’s exhibit at R.H. Ballard Gallery.

“My goal is to translate the landscape, emphasizing what interests me most about a specific place at a moment in time,” she says of her work. “Values are more important to me than color in creating a believable reality within the confines of my canvas, and I often simplify to make a more forceful statement.”

R.H. Ballard Gallery has exhibited Walsh’s work for some time, and this has been a highly anticipated one-person exhibition.

The Gallery is located in the lower level of R.H. Ballard Art, Rug & Home at 307 Main St. in Washington. It’s open 10 to 6 daily.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming exhibitions of paintings at R. H. Ballard Gallery by Nora Harrington (Oct. 20 through Nov. 11) and Thomas Mullany (Nov. 17 through Dec. 9).

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