A recent plein air paint-out held in the historic district of Ellicott City was not just a weekend event that came and went, because many of the resulting paintings are now on display in the exhibit "Paint It! Ellicott City" at the Howard County Arts Council.
The show's juror, painter and teacher Michael Bare, has made a selection that gives a street-level sense of why residents and tourists alike love hanging out in this old town.
As you would expect within this urban context, much of the artwork overtly calls your attention to houses, stores, churches and other distinctive structures.
The architectural focus is very tight in Mary Jo Messenger's oil painting...