Spring Shadows - Oil


Spring Shadows;   oil on linen mounted on board,  11" x 14"




Given that last month's featured painting was a study of our little garden shed buried under a foot and a half of deep snow (right), it seemed particularly appropriate to highlight another garden painting for April.  Spring Shadows is truly fresh off the easel  - painted on the first of April. After a very long and harsh winter, we can see bare ground again; spring finally is here!


  Deep Snow, Garden Study;  8" x 10"


Scroll down for show listings, news, and other upcoming events.




One of my two entries accepted into this year's Laumeister Fine Art Competition at The Bennington Center for the Arts, Winter's Poetry was awarded Second Place by juror Brian Blood and the staff of The Bennington.  This was one of my very favorite works from last winter season. The image was developed from a small digital photograph of a friend's farm, not far from home. But I took many liberties as I struggled to capture the 'poetry' and essential character of deep winter, which is my favorite time of the year.


Scroll down for additional information about the Laumeister, or click on this link to see the complete exhibit and to visit the Bennington Center's website. 

Winter's Poetry, oil/linen,  24" x 34"







A terrific preview of my recent show at Shahinian Fine Art appears in the September 2014 issue of American Art Collector magazine.  As quoted in the magazine, gallery owner Albert Shahinian says of my work:


“As a painter [James Coe] melds high technical ability with a keen compositional eye. As an artist his work eschews the sentimental and the trite in order to create work that is deeply sensitive to the feeling of time and place—work that honors and speaks to the subjective realities underlying the ‘obvious’ in the everyday world around him.”


To read the full article in .pdf format, click here

(article courtesy of American Art Collector)








Audubon and the Art of Birds

The Bell Museum of Natural History, Minneapolis, MN 




R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA

February 8 - April 19, 2015


Sam Noble Museum, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

May 15 - July 26 2015

I am very proud to have been invited by curator Don Luce to be a part of this historic exhibition. Assembled by the Bell Museum of Natural History in Minneapolis, Audubon and the Art of Birds highlights John James Audubon and his continued influence on the art of birds—even now, more than 150 years after his death. Just a handful of contemporary painters were invited to participate in the show, so I am particularly honored that my oil paintings Reflections of April and Spring Seep, Woodcock (right) were included as representative of the particularly recent sub-genre of  "The Bird in its Environment."


Spring Seep, Woodcock,  oil/linen  14"x 17½"  (2002)


Full-color catalog accompanying the Audubon and the Art of Birds exhibit at The Bell Museum of Natural History.






54th Annual Exhibition



The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ

The Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art, Bolivar, MO

The National Sporting Library and Museum, Middleburg, VA



Beaver Swamp Haze,  oil/linen,  18" x 26"










Mark Gruber Gallery


New Paltz Plaza

New Paltz, New York


April 11, 2014 - May 23, 2015



A Place in the Sun,  oil/linen,  16"x20"




Jim Coe and Marlene Weidenbaum


Mark Gruber Gallery


New Paltz Plaza

New Paltz, New York


May 30, 2014 - July 11, 2015

Opening Reception May 30, 5 - 7 pm


Farmhouse Sunset,  oil/linen,  14"x26"





Bennington Center for the Arts

Bennington, VT


June 6- August 2, 2015


This is the 20th anniversary of The Bennington's flagship exhibition,  Art of the Animal Kingdom,  and I am proud to have exhibited in all but one of those shows.  This year, I will be showing my recent oil, Quiet Reflections.


Quiet Reflections, oil/linen,  20"x 24"




 NEWS and EVENTS    




ICE ON THE CREEK Receives Award from Oil Painters of America


I was honored to have been accepted this year into what has become one of the most competitive and prestigious national group shows,  the Oil Painters of America's Annual Juried National Exhibition. Ice on the Creek, one of my favorite paintings from last year, is on display with this spectacular show through June and July at the Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, Vermont.  And I was honored again when the painting was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the Animals category.   For more information and a list of all the awards, see the OPA website.


Ice on the Creek,  oil/hemp,  24"x36"  -  Recipient of  Honorable Mention/ Animals from OPA, 2014




 Article About Last October's Trip to Utah in Plein Air Magazine!

Friends Travel to Paint the Desert, featured in the March 2014 issue of Plein Air Magazine, documents the recent trip I took to southern Utah with a group of a dozen top notch painters (and good friends).  This same group has taken painting trips to special locations for several years now. I joined them in the fall of 2010 in Provincetown, MA, and was glad to travel again to Utah for this second adventure with the group.


Perfect weather and a magnificient landscape helped us all have a super productive 10-day stay in Moab, with daily excursions north to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, and south to the iconic Monument Valley.  Be sure to look for the current issue of Plein Air to read more about our trip!



The group at Monument Valley


Painting along the Colorado River canyon east of Moab (that's me in the middle), with Paul Schulenburg and Ernesto Nemesio, and my painting from that session Evening Sunlight below.


Evening Sunlight,  oil/linen/board, 8x12


"Spring Shower"  featured on the cover of SANCTUARY


For the third time, and for the second year in a row, my work is on the cover of the Spring issue of  Mass Audubon's Sanctuary magazine. Unfortunately, the Society has just announced that this award-winning periodical will cease its run with the current Summer issue, and will be replaced in 2015 by an annual publication. The good news is that editor John H. Mitchell will continue at the helm.

Spring Shower, Hass Hill, oil/linen, 11x16 - Full image

Spring 2014 issue of Sanctuary.





Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society


I am proud to announce that I have been promoted to Signature Member status within the American Impressionist Society.  I look forward to continuing to exhibit with this young, but already prestigious organization.


Wellfleet Morning (right) was my contribution to last year's Annual Exhibition of the AIS, held in Charleston, SC at the M Gallery of Fine Art (recently renamed Principle Gallery).


Wellfleet Morning, oil/muslin on board, 11x14





IN CASE YOU MISSED IT   (Older News and Events)  


Paintings Acquired by the Woodson Museum

 n late 2013, two of my paintings were acquired by the Woodson Art Museum.  Both were among the works shown in my Master Wildlife Artist retrospective that accompanied the 2011 Birds in Art.


The Woodson already owns an oil painting of mine, purchased some years ago from Birds in Art, as well as a graphite study for an illustration that was published on the cover of the ornithological journal Auk.  And added now to their amazingly rich permanent collection is River Reflections, Fire and Ice  (below), and a watercolor illustration from my 1994 Golden Field Guide "Eastern Birds," Gnatchatcher, Kinglets and Vireos (right).


Gnatchatcher, Kinglets and Vireo, watercolor, 1991


River Reflections, Fire and Ice,  oil/linen, 24"x 44"










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