Painters took to the streets bright and early Monday morning. Actually, they not only took to the streets, but to the banks of the James River, painting under bridges and railroad trestles, on river rocks, in tree shade on Monument Avenue and even on top of downtown Richmond hotels. Baltimore watercolorist Stewart White got a great view of Richmond’s famous “Milk Bottle Building” and surrounding structures from the roof of the Quirk Hotel. Andre Lucero (Virginia) and Neal Hughes (New Jersey) persuaded Maine painter Olena Babak to take a short break from painting, and pose in picturesque Pony Pasture.
Monday was pretty much a typical Richmond summer day … hot and humid.  After a full day of painting, the group welcomed a chance to cool off and relax together with some food, drink and fellowship at the beautiful, art-filled home of Jim and Ann Belk. Ann and friends Debbie Boatwright, Fran Framme,  Jane Hamilton and Sheryl Owen provided a fabulous “potluck supper” for the group. After letting their belts out, the gang put their feet up, swapped a few stories and looked forward to Tuesday.