Mountain Maryland QuickDraw Competition!

Cumberland, Maryland’s very own QuickDraw Competition turned out to be a beautiful day as my two hour painting earned a 1st place award for the Community Artist’s division. I also sold the painting – first to one individual and than to another. A woman loved my painting so much she asked the original buyer if he would let her have it! What a nice man! It was so much fun being in Cumberland for this event. The beauty of those mountain scene is truly worth coming back to each year. photo

Title: Garden Sale - Medium: oil on panel - Size: 9" x 12"

Title: Garden Sale – Medium: oil on panel – Size: 9″ x 12″

Best in Show! Paint the Town Chestertown, MD!

Paint the Town, Chestertown, just gets better every year. I had such a wonderful time painting this small town and the beauty that Kent County, MD has to offer with some of the most impressive Mid-Atlantic artists. What Chestertown has to offer is unique. The town is picturesque, the marina offers a beautiful variety of ships and boats to paint, many gardens are open to the public, Kent County farms one after another, marsh land and forests, and open river views with beaches and outlook posts. You can have your pick as an artist. I would like to thank Chestertown RiverArts for their warm welcome and amazing coordination of such a successful and charming event!

I’m so honored to have been awarded Best in Show by a vote of all 49 artists who participated in this four day event. I greatly admire many of these artists, so to have their acknowledgement of my work is not only validation of my career as an artist, but both an honor and a privilege! Below I am including images from this event and the artwork I created.

When Frozen Thaws-1When Frozen Thaws – 16″W x 12″H – oil on panel – Best in Show, Chestertown

Best in Show Chestertown

Beaming with Joy!Cherry Tree Chestertown

Painting on the first day. The weather was a bit chilly but the light was there and that’s all that matters. This painting is in progress!

Sunrise ChestertownFriday morning I woke up at 5am and headed down the road to paint the sunrise. It was a gorgeous morning!

Plein Air Season is now in Session!

I will be painting in Chestertown, MD this coming weekend – 23rd through the 26th! Just packed up my car with all my gear, frames, and art supplies. What a job! Crossing my fingers for good weather during Paint the Town Chestertown Event!

Last weekend I had a wonderful time painting at the Snow Hill plein air event! What a great way to start the plein air season – great weather, scenic town, marshy vistas, and creative people! Thank you to Ann S. Coates of the Bishop Stock Gallery for all your hard work in making this event a wonderful success! I’m including a couple images from the event including a few of my paintings en plein air.


Successful Art Reception!

I had such a great turnout to my art reception yesterday at Still Life Gallery Fine Art & Custom Framing on Main St. in Ellicott City, MD! Thank you all for attending! I sold seven paintings! If you haven’t had a chance to checkout my work you can Wed- Sunday! Excited to get painting this week.

With the owner of Still Life Gallery Fine Art and Custom Framing, Sara Arditti. With the Lovely Rachel Gingrich. Rachel bought the first painting I ever sold!I was so happy to see her again!

Artist’s Reception at the Still Life Gallery in Ellicott City, MD!

This art show will host a large body of my work. My art represents a great variety of subject matter, from cityscapes, to lily ponds, to my sunset and sunrise series. I’m very much looking forward to this event as I’ve been working tirelessly this winter painting scenes in pursuit of ushering warm rays of spring time to Ellicott City!


You are invited to a Wine and Cheese Reception with me on Sunday, March 8th from 4:00 – 7:00pm.

Still Life Gallery Fine Art & Custom Framing
8173 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Young emerging painter Alison Leigh Menke is one of our most popular artists! She has caught the attention of collectors and the art world as an extraordinary painter, with a mature body of work and talent beyond her years. Serious, prolific, and dedicated to her career as a professional artist, Alison works in oils, often on a large scale. Her bold, painterly brushwork combined with dynamic images and colors have a breathtaking impact upon the viewer. Our upcoming show features all new works!


“Size Matters” Crystal Moll Gallery, Art Show in Baltimore

The Crystal Moll Gallery  is one of the most impressive art galleries in Baltimore, MD. They feature many local artists who thrive on the local charm and inspiration of the city of Baltimore. I’ve been luck enough to have a work of art at the gallery in the past but even more excited to have my painting Constellation on display. This is a large 48″ x 48″ work in oil on canvas.

This exhibition features works smaller than 100 square” and larger than 900 square”. We are showcasing pieces by 33 different local artists! It’s going to be a great show….

Artists include: Jill Basham, Tim Bell, Janice Kirsh, Carol Lee Thompson, Ana Maria Colwill, Michael Gaudreau, Melanie Heacock, Tim Kelly, Blair Atherholt, Alexandra Kopp, Mary Jo Kotwas, Lynn Mehta, Crystal Moll, Eva Rotolo, Sam Robinson, Murray Taylor, David Terrar, Rebecca Woll, Bruno Baran, Beth Bathe, Kathy Daywalt, Judy Fox, Rae Hamilton, Jason Witte, Yvonne Smith, Alison Menke, Lisa Kyle, Tyler Mitchell, Fred Craig, Ann Crostic, Jamie Wallace, Warren Smith & Kirk Larsen

Show Dates: February 11 – April 4
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 19th from 6-8pm




Artists’ Melange II Show

Circle Gallery, in historic Annapolis, is putting on an AMAZING show of Maryland Federation of Art Artists! “Melange II” is a collection of works from twelve very talented artists. I’m excited to share some of my water scenes and plein air paintings! The reception is Sunday Feb. 15th, 3-5pm. Come out and enjoy some food wine and, of course, great art!

Plein Air Brandywine Valley Festival – (Oct. 19th – 26th)

Plein Air Brandywine Valley is a painting and photography competition, show and sale featuring the beauty of the Brandywine Valley interpreted by the finest artists of our nation and beyond. For one week, artists painted and photographed the most scenic properties of the Brandywine Valley including private estates, land preserves, and renowned du Pont properties. All works entered into the competition were judged and then displayed for viewing and purchase at an opening gala scheduled for Friday, October 24 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at The Visitor Center of Winterthur Museum and Garden located in Wilmington, DE. The works remained on display for purchase and viewing throughout the remainder of the weekend. A portion of the proceeds from the art sales benefited Children’s Beach House – a non-profit organizing that helps special children reach their highest potential.This was a very special event for me as I was able to stay with a lovely host family and paint some very beautiful private estates. One day I was able to paint a Wyeth Pasture, an artist’s dream. This event was very well organized. We were kindly given free lunches each from by Janssen’s local Market and allowed day to day locations to paint. This organization afforded me every ability to paint as much as I could. I completed 16 paintings during my visit despite a full day and a half of heavy rain. I displayed the maximum number of works at the show (ten paintings) and sold five. there were seventy-five artists who participated at this event and over six-hundred paintings at the Gala on opening night. The average artist sold 1.2 paintings. I very much look forward to next year. One of my favorite events to date.

Above I am painting in the rain at Haskel’s  Farm. It was an absolute downpour. Unfortunately, I was so involved with my painting that all my gear drowned in mud as I dogged raindrops on my palette.


Painting Berlin, MD – Sept. 18th – 20th

“The Town of Berlin” – 8″H x 10″W 1st Place Award

My first visit to Berlin, MD couldn’t have been better. It’s a small town with a lot of heart. Rain or shine I painted five paintings during my short visit of which two happen to be a couple of my most successful of the season. I won First Place for my painting “The Town of Berlin”. Winning a competition toward the end of my first plein air season is a great feeling. This inspires me to continue working hard and painting my heart out…

From the Worcester County Arts Council:

Congratulations to Alison Menke, Paint Berlin 2014 

First Place Winner!

Anna Mullis – Arts Council Executive Director during the award ceremony.

Thirty five talented artists from five states and the District of Columbia painted their hearts out last weekend in America’s Coolest Small Town and competed for very attractive cash prizes in the Worcester County Arts Council’s annual plein air event. A large audience enjoyed the exhibit during the “Wet Paint” sale and reception and voted for the “People’s Choice” award ($100 prize) which was given to Lois Engberg for her oil painting of “Sunlit Baskets”. Completed artwork in this competition was judged by Ann Coates, the Director of Snow Hill Arts and Entertainment District and owner of Bishop’s Stock Fine Art & Fine Craft in Snow Hill, MD.

First place and $1000 prize went to Alison Menke from Washington DC for her oil painting titled “The Town of Berlin”.



Spectacular Baltimore – Plein Air Competition

I’m very proud to say that I took part in the first year of this event. 2014 Sailabration in Baltimore generated a lot of excitement for all the artists participating as it afford us the opportunity of painting Ft. McHenry, large military ships and old exotic gallion. This year was the 200th birthday of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. With food carts, large crowd of people, and the Blue Angels performing it was a very exciting weekend. :-) Baltimore is a wonderful city to paint. There is a great deal of subject matter ranging from street scenes, row houses, ships, a lovely harbor, and some parks – you aren’t lacking. Federal Hill also allows for a great vantage point as you can see the whole span of the city from the top of the hill. Bellow are some pictures of me painting at the event. It rained one day but that didn’t stop me!

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