Ocean Pines Resident Captures the Community in “Plein Air” Painting Event

Ocean Pines Golf Club served as the inspiration for a painting created by one of the community’s residents in a recent art competition.

Sponsored by the Worcester County Arts Council, the Paint Berlin “plein air” event has local artists creating their works of art out in the open. This year’s competition, held Sept. 19-22 in downtown Berlin and surrounding areas, was the first to include Ocean Pines in its lineup of painting locations.

Ocean Pines resident Jill Glassman took advantage of the opportunity to capture a scene in her own community by selecting Ocean Pines Golf Club as her setting.

Glassman, who was a part of last year’s Paint Berlin, said she’s always wanted to paint a golf course and chose a view of the practice putting green and 18th hole. “I was fascinated by the colors of the grass – so green and bright – and the fountain,” she said.

This is not the first time Glassman has participated in this type of event. Her first exposure was through the Ocean Pines Garden Club, which asked artists to paint the gardens featured in their annual tour.

She also painted in this summer’s Ocean City plein air event, where she won the award for “Best Nocturnal.”

Although she has dabbled in art her entire life, it wasn’t until her retirement from nursing a year and a half ago that Glassman started painting full-time. Over the years, she has been active in the Art League of Ocean City, serving on its board of directors.

Glassman’s painting activity did not go unnoticed by golf course patrons. She said many people stopped by to see what she was doing. And although one would imagine that creating a work of art in front of spectators would leave an artist feeling exposed, Glassman said she enjoys the experience.

“It was intimidating at first, but now I don’t care. It’s fun to talk to people,” she said.

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