“Brush with Nature” Exhibit Opens at Centre for the Arts


Owl ShawQueen Anne’s County Arts Council’s Centre for the Arts hosts an art exhibit beginning on March 13th. Jonathan Shaw and Hai-Ou Hou are featured in the first shared exhibit of these distinctly unique artists. The show “Brush with Nature” runs through April 15th with a public reception on Friday, March 13 from 5:30-7:00 pm.

A wildlife artist and avid outdoorsman, Jonathan Shaw is a familiar sight at area wildlife festivals and plein air events, often accompanied by one of his falcons.  Whether painted in oils, acrylics or watercolor, Shaw’s sensitive portraits of wildlife are rendered with exquisite detail.  British-born, Shaw lives on an historic farm in Wye Mills where he keeps Paso Fino horses and several birds of prey.  Shaw is an avid falconer who hunts on horseback, a practice dating at least to medieval times in Europe and the Middle East.  He has had a passionate love for nature since childhood, and his love of animals in their habitat is evident in this show.

Hai-Ou Hou lives on Kent Island where she has recently opened a wonderful gallery space offering classes and exhibits.  She was born in Beijing China where she received a B.A. from the National Academy of Fine Art and Design. Following her immigration to the United States, she received her Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Towson State University. Hai-Ou has received numerous awards for her landscapes, portraits and figurative oil paintings. A noted outdoor painter, she has traveled to plein air events from California to the East Coast. Hai-Ou is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists, Washington Society of Landscape Painters and the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association.

Visitors can see the exhibit during the Centre for the Art’s regular office hours, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday by appointment. For more information please visit us at www.queenannescountyarts.com


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