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  • 30 Jul 2014 11:54 AM | Anita Blythe (Administrator)




     Corrales Main St. is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Starry Night Plein Air Paintout !

    August 22nd-29th, 2014  

                Forty five artists will paint on location at the San Ysidro Church, Casa Ysidro Museum, the Bosque, Wagner Farms, Corrales Vineyard, the Acequias,the  Sears Wilcox house, Acequias, North Beach, Bed & Breakfast Inns, the Lily Garden & many more stunning locations  in the Corrales Village. Cash awards for first, second & third place winners will be given for works done at these locations.

                Following a free demonstration & workshop, the artists will gather at the Corrales Vineyard to capture the magnificent Sandia Sunset color transformation to create a painting done at the twilight hour.   A cash award will be given to the best work at this site.

                A Quick Draw Competition will be held at the conclusion of the PaintOut in the heart of the Village.A cash award will be given for the winner of the Quick Draw.

                Attendance to the Starry Night Dinner/Dance/Auction & Art Sale is included in the application  fee for the artists.  The Gala Event includes a lavish dinner, dancing, both a live & silent auction & an exhibition & sale of the paintings done by the Plein Air Artists.   Three framed paintings from each artist will be displayed at the event... a work done during the week at any Plein Air site in Corrales; the painting done at Sunset at Corrales Winery & the painting done at the Quick Draw Competition. Artists will have the opportunity to promote their work over dinner with potential new collectors.   Commission for paintings sold during  Starry Night is 50%.   Award money will be presented at the Starry Night Event.   Prize for  1st place =$500.   2nd place= $300.   3rd place =$200.  “Sunset at the Winery” winner will be awarded $200.  Quick Draw winner will receive $100. The Artist's Choice winner will receive $100.  

                A special two month long exhibit & sale of these extraordinary paintings will be on display  at

    “The Spot Cafe”,  4940 Corrales Road (in the heart of the Village).  September 8- October 30th.

    This new restaurant in the heart of the Village is a very popular gathering place which will provide the artists with a very special opportunity to gain recognition individually as well as shining a light on the very talented group of Plein Air Artists in New Mexico.  The exhibit will run through Balloon Fiesta.

    Commission for sales from the exhibit at “The Spot Cafe” will be 20%.  The artist will receive 80% of the sale; “The Spot Cafe” will receive 10% & MainStreet Corrales, Inc. will receive 10%.

    For an Applications & Detailed Information about this exciting event, go to:  or  

    contact Sue Winstead at:  or call (919) 345-1110.

  • 28 Jul 2014 2:57 PM | Anita Blythe (Administrator)
    I am considering starting a women's art group limited to 8-10 participants.
    Will also consider NM artists who can come into Albuquerque once a month for gatherings.
    Goals: meet once a month for support, bonding, marketing, and exhibitions
    Retreats also possible

    I am a plein air and studio painter. Not limited to any type of artwork - 
    mainly looking for the experience of meeting other women artists and sharing experiences. 

    If you are interested, please send an email to
    Let me know.
  • 27 Jul 2014 2:05 PM | Anita Blythe (Administrator)

  • 18 Jul 2014 12:01 PM | Anita Blythe (Administrator)

    Plein Air Alfresco

    Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill

    August 3


    Plein Air Artist Janice St. Marie

    Photo: Tobi Clements

    By popular demand, SFBG presents Plein Air Alfresco to enable artists to enjoy the camaraderie and creativity of painting outdoors. Open to artists of every level, participants may set up anywhere they wish in the Garden. Light refreshments will be provided. Botanical artist Jan Denton will be available for critique and instruction. Artists may sell their paintings; a share of the proceeds to the Garden is voluntary and appreciated. No registration required. See you in the Garden!  Free for SFBG members/$35 non-members. Become a member

  • 16 Jul 2014 3:31 PM | Anita Blythe (Administrator)


    Thomas Wezwick's paintings often stand out because one can see that he takes bold chances with his colors and brushwork. A careful observer may note that his pieces often feature water, and a conversation with the New Mexico artist reveals that it's likely one particular body of water: the Gallinas River. [read more]
  • 11 Jul 2014 3:44 PM | Anita Blythe (Administrator)

    . Bear Barn Art Gallery presents ARTS AT THE PARK, at Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood, NM.  This will be a juried art festival so we will be looking for quality work. A percentage of all proceeds, after expenses, will go to benefit Wildlife West Nature Park. Artists and food vendors are invited to apply. Applications are available from Gayle Bone 505 384-2293 or at Bear Barn Gallery. Musicians are welcome to perform. Applications for artists and food vendors must be postmarked by July 18, 2014. Bear Barn Art Gallery is a new addition to Wildlife West Nature Park. We are a co-operative of 14 local artists working in many forms including; photography, pottery, collage, fiber, watercolor, acrylic, metal art, prismacolor pencil, ink and jewelry. Come visit our gallery at Wildlife West Nature Park (I-40 & Hwy 344) in Edgewood, NM. Visit us on the web:

  • 08 May 2014 5:29 PM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    PAPNM welcomes Paul Murray as a new Master Signature member.  Paul is a nationally recognized New Mexico artist and instructor.  Paul has won numerous awards in national art association shows and competitions, including the International Association of Pastel Societies, the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of New Mexico.  His work is held in the permanent collections of many public and private institutions including the U.S. State Department and the University of New Mexico. He is included in the Master’s Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies and is a Master Pastellist with the Pastel Society of America.  Paul currently exhibits with the Weems Galleries in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Francesca Anderson Fine Art in Boston, as well as via his web site

  • 06 Mar 2014 12:31 PM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    PAPNM welcomes Albert Handell as our latest Master Signature member. Albert is a nationally and internationally-recognized artist, author, mentor and instructor, residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He works in both pastel and oils, and has won numerous awards in national gallery and museum shows in both media. His work is held in the permanent collections of many museums, universities and private and institutional collectors throughout the U.S. and in Canada. He is a recognized Master Artist with the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society, and is one of three living artists elected to the Pastel Society of America's Pastel Hall of Fame. Albert currently exhibits with Mountainsong Galleries in Carmel, California, and Ventana Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he has been featured in annual one-man shows since 1987. Please visit Albert's web site at to appreciate the full scope of his extraordinary artistic career.

    Woods Interiors,17x18,WC&Pastel, $7,500
    Will be shown at the Members Annual Exhibition at the Gary Kim Gallery
  • 21 Feb 2014 10:37 AM | Janet Amtmann

    Sears won an Award of Excellence for her pastel painting, Silver Fire Sunset, at the American Plains Artists 29th Annual Juried Exhibit & Sale held in Kerrville, TX, Feb 6 - March 2, 2014.
  • 15 Dec 2013 3:00 PM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    PAPNM past president, Carla Forrest, featured in Plein Air Magazine’s Outdoor Painter.
    “Building Layers in a Palette Knife Painting”
    Carla Forrest's pieces have the tiles of color and incised lines one might expect from a palette knife painting, but a chat with the New Mexico artist reveals an even more complex painting process.
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