The auction netted $8,050 and a portion of the proceeds from additional paintings sold by the artists raised an additional $5,985.  Plein Air Patrons purchased $2,975 for advance tickets to the event and sponsors contributed another $1,800.  After expenses, the CHKD East Beach Circle will donate almost $16,000 to CHKD. 

Many thanks go to the generous people and organizations who supported this fun event, including East Beach Institute, East Beach Peninsula Life, Crystal Palate, East Beach Realty, Heather G. Hunter Photography, Scenic Scapes Sponsors, housing and food contributors, and the East Beach Circle art show committee and Circle members. 

The funds donated are earmarked to benefit the Behavorial Health Program planned for CHKD.  The King’s Daughters has pledged to raise $1 million for this worthy and very needed cause. For more information, visit

April 13-15, 2018

  3rd Annual East Beach Plein Air Art Escape

The third annual Plein Air Art Escape was a huge success, raising almost $16,000 for Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (“CHKD”).  The CHKD East Beach Circle organized the event which was held in East Beach over April 13-15.  Twenty of the top plein air artists on the East coast came to paint the Tidewater area to help the Circle raise money for the kids.

The week kicked off with live tv appearance on "Coast Live," the local CBS affiliate, channel 3.  Doug Clarke did a live painting of a CHKD volunteer model throughout the show.  You can watch the clip here.  Out of town artists started to arrive Thursday, April 12th.  Special thanks to the neighbors who hosted our out of town artists in their homes of East Beach.  Artists painted en Plein Air around local landmarks all day Friday and Saturday.  Only art painted during this weekend was eligible for the auction judging.  

Hundreds of beautiful original artworks were created during the event, capturing the beauty of the area, and were sold during an artshow and live auction.  Participating artists included Sue Bark, Thomas Bradshaw, Gina Buzby, Gloria Coker, Doug Clarke, Karen Lee Crenshaw, Tomas Ehrenberger, Joanne Geisel, Mick Grochowski, David Heath, Will Hopkins, Greg Johannesen, Janice Kirsch, Lynn Mehta, John Meyers, Lisa Mitchell, Dan Nelson, Maria Reardon, Jeremy Sams, and Gale Smith. Artist Ann Hair could not attend this year, but contributed a painting for the auction.

The live auction was a highlight, with auctioneer Barry Cole of A.B. Cole & Associates graciously stepping in at the last minute for the scheduled auctioneer who broke his leg the previous day.   Leslie Mounaime, Director of the Target Gallery in the Torpedo Art Center in Alexandria Virginia judged the auction paintings.  Jeremy Sams earned the blue ribbon for his painting, “Into the Sun,” with Tomas Ehrenberger taking second for his painting of “Eventide at Pretty Lake.”  David Heath’s “Broad Bay” came in third place with his painting which sold for the highest amount of the event -- $2,100!  Dan Nelson was recognized for his auction painting with the Honorable Mention award.