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Lying in Wait: Sporting Art by Ogden M. Pleissner

January 18, 2019 - May 12, 2019

Gallery 8

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Ogden Pleissner was a master of the watercolor medium. His paintings are luminous and expressive, yet also capture his subjects in wonderful detail. Pleissner had a gift for capturing fleeting moments of time—the tug on a fishing line or the pregnant pause as a hunter sets his sights. These reflective moments immerse viewers in the beauty of the land and convey the importance of protecting our natural environment.

Lying in Wait celebrates Ogden Pleissner’s life and work as a noted sporting arts painter. His hunting, fishing, and landscape paintings reflect his deep reverence for wildlife and the natural world. The forty-eight watercolors on view depict scenes from Wyoming to Maine to the South Carolina coast during his illustrious career that spanned from the late 1920s until his death in 1983.

Lying in Wait is organized by the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont.

This exhibition is sponsored by Blackbaud, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, South Carolina Arts Commission, The City of Charleston, Garden & Gun Magazine and Charleston Magazine.

Additional funding provided by Anonymous, Nancy K. Barrett, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Burke, Mr. and Mrs. Jocelyn Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Coen, Copley Fine Art Auctions, . Mollie and Henry Fair, Edwin and Ellen Harley, Shepard Rose - The Hobbs Foundation, The Keough Family Fund, George C. Lodge, Wendy and Tom McNeil, Gigi and Mike McShane, W. M. Means Company Insurance, Mr. and Mrs. Antony M. Merck, Mr. and Mrs. M. Lane Morrison, Nina Rumbough and Jan Roosenburg, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Seeger, The Sportsman's Gallery, Stony Point Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, and Nancy and John W. Webster.

<i>On the Wind River</i>, date unknown, By Ogden M. Pleissner (American, 1905—1983); Watercolor and gouache on paper, 15 3/8 x 21 5/16 inches; Collection of Shelburne Museum, bequest of Ogden M. Pleissner; 1985-31.53. Photography by Andy Duback.

On the Wind River, date unknown, By Ogden M. Pleissner (American, 1905—1983); Watercolor and gouache on paper, 15 3/8 x 21 5/16 inches; Collection of Shelburne Museum, bequest of Ogden M. Pleissner; 1985-31.53. Photography by Andy Duback.

<i>Blue Boat on the Ste Anne</i>, 1958, By Ogden M. Pleissner (American, 1905—1983);  Watercolor on paper; 17 1/4 x 27 1/2 inches;  Collection of Shelburne Museum, gift of Marion W.G.  Pleissner. 1986-98.1.

Blue Boat on the Ste Anne, 1958, By Ogden M. Pleissner (American, 1905—1983); Watercolor on paper; 17 1/4 x 27 1/2 inches; Collection of Shelburne Museum, gift of Marion W.G. Pleissner. 1986-98.1.

<i>Beaverkill Bridge</i>, 1952, By Ogden M. Pleissner (American, 1905—1983); Watercolor on paper; 18 x 31 inches; Collection of Shelburne Museum, gift of Morton Quantrell, 1996-42.4. Photography by Andy Duback.

Beaverkill Bridge, 1952, By Ogden M. Pleissner (American, 1905—1983); Watercolor on paper; 18 x 31 inches; Collection of Shelburne Museum, gift of Morton Quantrell, 1996-42.4. Photography by Andy Duback.

<i>Racing the Storm</i>, date unknown, By Ogden M. Pleissner (American, 1905—1983); Watercolor on paper; 10 x 7 inches; Collection of Shelburne Museum, bequest of Ogden M. Pleissner. 1986-26.145. Photography by Andy Duback.

Racing the Storm, date unknown, By Ogden M. Pleissner (American, 1905—1983); Watercolor on paper; 10 x 7 inches; Collection of Shelburne Museum, bequest of Ogden M. Pleissner. 1986-26.145. Photography by Andy Duback.

<i>Vermont Hills</i>, 1964, By Ogden M. Pleissner (American, 1905—1983); Watercolor on paper; 10 x 7 inches; Collection of Shelburne Museum, gift of Morton Quantrell. 1996-42.16. Photography by Andy Duback.

Vermont Hills, 1964, By Ogden M. Pleissner (American, 1905—1983); Watercolor on paper; 10 x 7 inches; Collection of Shelburne Museum, gift of Morton Quantrell. 1996-42.16. Photography by Andy Duback.

<i>Fishing at Grand Lake Maine</i>, 1950-1959, By Ogden M. Pleissner (American, 1905—1983); Watercolor on paper; 17 x 27 inches; Collection of Shelburne Museum, gift of Morton Quantrell. 1996-42.17. Photography by Andy Duback.

Fishing at Grand Lake Maine, 1950-1959, By Ogden M. Pleissner (American, 1905—1983); Watercolor on paper; 17 x 27 inches; Collection of Shelburne Museum, gift of Morton Quantrell. 1996-42.17. Photography by Andy Duback.

Sponsors

  • BCBS South Carolina
  • Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
  • South Carolina Arts Commission
  • Garden & Gun
  • City of Charleston
  • Charleston Magazine
  • Blackbaud