Special Summer of LOVE Event: LOVE is in the Air : A Plein Air Event & Celebration

July 25th, 2019 by Wade Adler

We consider the waterways and shores of Cape Charles a true work of art and, this month, Cape Charles Main Street is putting on an event that will make it even more so.

From August 15th to 17th, Cape Charles will be the site of an exciting juried Plein Air event—part of the Summer of LOVE series celebrating 50 years of our state slogan, ‘Virginia is For Lovers.’

Recently, a call was put out to artists and art enthusiasts from Cape Charles and beyond to participate in LOVE is in the Air, a Plein Air event weekend hosted by Cape Charles Main Street and Cape Charles, Virginia’s Cape. As they explain, it “will celebrate the natural beauty and diversity of Cape Charles, Virginia.”

LOVE IS IN THE AIR will be three days of plein air painting in and around Cape Charles. Artists will, of course, paint en plein which is a French term meaning “open air” or “outside.” Plein air painters are a special lot—they enjoy leaving the four walls of their studio and taking their easels outdoors to paint whatever may inspire them.

We certainly agree that there’s no shortage of diverse, inspirational scenery here in our waterfront hometown!

Water color, acrylic, oil and other artists will “capture the essence of Cape Charles, the gem on the Eastern Shore of Virginia,” Cape Charles Main Street organizers say. Just as Cape Charles offers an eclectic mix of new and old, historic and modern, both traditional and non-traditional artists have been invited to participate and express their own unique interpretation of our town.

Fellow artist and owner of Current Reflections Gallery in Wachapreague, VA, Bob Bilicki, will jury the show. LOVE IS IN THE AIR is slated to be an inspiring event that will feature both local artists and visiting artists from outside our town who will experience Cape Charles through their own unique perspective.

If you’re not a painter, this event is still very much for you. For those who love the arts, Cape Charles, and our special community of neighbors, LOVE IS IN THE AIR will be a showcase of artists, their work and a celebration of what makes Cape Charles beautiful—its lovely vistas and the people who love them. The three-day event will culminate in a celebration of the participating artists and their work at an Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony, hosted by Hotel Cape Charles on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 6 p.m.

Enjoy LOVE is in the Air Plein Air Event:

Three days of Plein Air painting in Cape Charles
Thursday, August 15th – Saturday, August 17th

Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony
Saturday, August 17th, 6pm
Hotel Cape Charles

For more information, contact Cape Charles Main Street at

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