The paintings -- landscapes inspired by scenes along the Indian Head Rail Trail -- are beautiful examples of "plein air" painting, a French expression meaning "in the open air." Stepura says, "Capturing a specific moment in time in nature and then translating it onto canvas presents some challenges, but I really enjoy the peacefulness of this type of painting; it's as if you are one with nature."
Stepura has been painting in oils and watercolors for the past 6 years. She has participated in 30 juried exhibits, 5 solo exhibits and one invitational exhibit and has received numerous awards for her work. She has displayed in a number of locations, including The Art League and Gallery West in Alexandria, VA, Capitol Hill Art League in Washington, DC, Mattawoman Creek Art Center in Marbury, MD, Civista Medical Center in LaPlata, MD, Greenbelt Federal Courthouse, and the Southern Maryland Delegation Office in Annapolis.In addition, she is active in a variety of professional art organizations including the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (MAPAPA), Mattawoman Creek Art Center (MCAC) Artists' Advisory Committee, Marbury, MD, and Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL), Washington, DC.
Arts Alliance President Diane Rausch said, "The mission of the Charles County Arts Alliance is to promote the arts in Charles County, and one of the ways we do this is through the "Commissioners Gallery" we've had for many years at the Charles County Government Building. We appreciate very much the support of our County Commissioners in making this unique gallery space available to showcase artworks of our very talented local visual artists such as Barbara Stepura to the public at large.
Founded in 1987, the Charles County Arts Alliance is a nonprofit 501-c-3 charitable organization. For more information, visit the CCAA website atwww.charlescountyarts.org or call 301-392-5900.