Announcing NANCY TANKERSLEY! THE JUDGE for The Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival (PIPAF) June 20-23, 2019

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Parrsboro Harbour at Low Tide

Parrsboro Harbour at Low Tide

“Parrsboro Plein Air offers a uniquely beautiful landscape with dramatic tides, work boats, soaring cliffs, charming small villages and a friendly and hospitable community. I recommend this event to painters and collectors alike.”  – Nancy Tankersley


Tankersley photo 1272_1524218w550We are delighted to announce that Nancy Tankersley, one of North America’s finest plein air painters, will be The Judge for The Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival in June 2019.

A central figure in the current USA plein air movement, Nancy is a founder of Plein Air Easton in Maryland which is considered to be the premier event for this style of painting in North America. Traveling worldwide to participate in competitions, judging and teaching, in 2018 Nancy was invited to be an instructor and demonstrator at the Plein Air Convention in Santa Fe and released her first instructional video with Lilliedahl Videos. In 2016 and 2017 she was invited to exhibit at the prestigious Masters Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in NYC.

Recent honors include Best of Show at 2018 The Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival in Nova Scotia, Best of Show at the Lighthouse Plein Air Festival 2017 in Tequesta Florida, and the Dickinson Award for Best Painting by a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society 2016 Annual Juried Exhibition.

Nancy Tankersley began her career as a portraitist but entered the gallery scene with figurative paintings of people at work and at leisure. Currently, as she searches for the unpredictable, Nancy moves between landscape, figures and still life. Incorporating non-traditional tools, supports and technologies for her paintings, she remains faithful to her unique style as Contemporary Impressionist.

A Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, the American Society for Marine Art, and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters, Nancy also holds memberships in the Washington Society for Landscape Painters and the Salmagundi Club. Founder and Director of the Easton Studio, a workshops facility begun in Easton in 2010, the artist mentors and teaches workshops and also sponsors workshops by nationally known painters.


A Judge’s Workshop will be held by Nancy immediately after the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival (PIPAF).
Workshop Dates: Monday June 24 & Tuesday June 25

Career Highlights

Recent Awards Selected:
2018 – Bold Brush Award, June, Fine Arts Studio Online Competition
2018 – Best Architectural Painting, Easton Plein Air
2018 – Best of Show, Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival, Nova Scotia
2017 – Best of Show, Lighthouse Artcenter Plein Air Festival, Tequesta, Florida

Recent Shows Selected:
2017 – American Impressionist Society Annual Exhibition
2016 – American Masters Exhibit, invitational fundraiser, Salmagundi Club, NYC
2016 – Salmagundi Club, Nautical Theme Exhibition, New York, NY
2015 – Waterfowl Art Festival, Easton, MD

Plein Air Events Selected:
2018 – Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival Nova Scotia
2016 and 2017 – Door County Plein Air
2016, 2014, 2013, 2012 – Plein Air Richmond
2016, 2015 – Olmsted Plein Air Invitational

Shows Juried Selected:
2018 – Beverly Street Studio Plein Air, Staunton, VA
2018 – Lighthouse Plein Air Festival, Tequesta, FL
2016 – Long Beach Island Foundation Plein Air Plus, Long Beach NJ
2015 – Canandaigua Plein Air – Awards Judge, Canandaigua NY

Professional Affiliations:
American Society of Marine Artists, Signature Member
American Impressionist Society, Signature Member
Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters, Signature Member
Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
Washington Society of Landscape Painters, Washington, DC

For more information on the artist, please go to her website:

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