Chapman Bailey Exhibits “Coastal Moods” in April


Chapman “Chappy” Bailey’s plein air paintings will be featured during an exhibit from April 2 through May 6 at the Society of Bluffton Artists gallery in Old Town Bluffton. The public is invited to an open reception from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, April 8.

Bailey’s love for the outdoors led her to plein air painting, which is all about leaving the four walls of a studio to paint or draw in the landscape.

“The joy of being in fresh air, surrounded by the beauty and peacefulness of the marsh landscape appealed to my coastal soul,” she said.

Bailey, who grew up in Massachusetts and Florida, studied with Jonathan McPhillips, a renowned Rhode Island marine painter. Since she relocated to the Lowcountry, Bailey has continued studying art with well-known artists Chris Groves, Michael Horton and Nancy Bush.

“One of the reasons I moved to this area was to access its many professional painters and teachers,” Bailey said. “Combine that with new painting friends and stunning scenery and the effect is both enduring and magical.”