Briarwood exhibit showcases Worcester Plein Air Painters


Region – The Gallery at Briarwood will host an exhibit by the Worcester Plein Air Painters beginning Sunday, May 15, with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at Briarwood, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester.

The exhibit, the third in a series of six for 2016, will continue through Thursday, June 30, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Groups and those wishing to visit on weekends may make arrangements by contacting Anita Thomas at 508-852-9007 or by e-mailing [email protected].

Worcester Plein Air Painters (WPAP) was formerly launched as a group in an exhibit at the Bijou Theater in Worcester Center in June of 2003. Its members had spent many years painting together before that date. Some of the group had been part of the Worcester State Life Drawing sessions and some were and are part of the Princeton Portrait Group. Many were and are connected through regional art organizations in Gloucester, Rockport, Springfield and Cape Cod.

All in the exhibit at Briarwood Gallery share a love of painting outdoors En Plein Air, live within the boundaries of Worcester County and are exhibiting scenes painted of Worcester County. The group is loosely structured and is tied together by the desire to “capture the light on a particular day in a specific location at certain hours during the day.”

In addition to 10 local artists, the exhibit will showcase two paintings by Bob Duffy of Worcester as a tribute to him. He died last year and painted with WPAP for many years.

Upcoming 2016 exhibits for The Gallery at Briarwood will include: Sid Solomon, watercolor painter, in July; Barbara Brosnihan, painter and teacher in September; and World War I poster exhibit presented by Briarwood resident, Gordon Lankton, in November.

Briarwood is a nonprofit senior living community that includes independent living cottages and apartments, assistance in living services, and Knollwood Nursing Center for skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. For more information, visit

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