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The Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) is a professional association of artists dedicated to the business of preserving and promoting painting "en plein air" - in the open air or outdoors.

PAPNM provides regular opportunities for members to paint together during frequent "paint outs" and hosts juried and open exhibitions of members' work.

Barbara Coleman, BEST OF SHOW, 13th Nat'l Juried Members Exhibition. SOLD. From the Bridge
Jane Chapin BEST OF SIGNATURE MEMBERS. 13th Nat'l Juried Members Exhibition, Chalten Glacier
Chris Morel. BEST OF ARTIST MEMBERS. 13th Nat'l Juried Members Exhibition. Above Valdez
David Knox, Quick Draw First Place. 2021 Taos Plein Air.
Jean Zimmerman. Shimmering Aspens Award- 2021 Taos Plein Air.
Lee MacLeod, Historic Masters Award 2021 Taos Plein Air
Michele Farrier, Best of Show, 2021 Taos Plein Air
Stephanie West FIRST PLACE, 2021 Summer Online Contest.
Richard Szkutnik. Third Place, 2021 Summer Online Contest.
Carole Belliveau, Second Place, 2021 Summer Online Contest.
Lisa Flynn. 1st Place. 2021 Signs of Spring Contest.
Chris Morel. 2nd Place. 2021 Signs of Spring Contest.
Madina Croce. 3rd Place 2021 Signs of Spring Contest.
John Meister, 1st Place, 2021 Jemez Springs Paint Out and Show
Michele Byrne, 2nd Place, 2021 Jemez Springs Paint Out and Show.
Carole Belliveau, 3rd Place, 2021 Jemez Springs Paint Out and Show
Dick Wimberly. 1st Place, 2021 Winter Wonderland Contest
Barbara Coleman. 3rd Place, 2021 Winter Wonderland Contest.
Erik Speyer. 2nd Place. 2021 Winter Wonderland Contest
Michael Meyer, 3rd Place, 2020 Color Passages Contest.
Chris Morel, 1st Place, 2020 Color Passages Contest.
Margi Lucena, 2nd Place, 2020 Color Passages Contest.

MEMBER BENEFITS

Beginners Welcome!

  1. Painting en plein air - Paint Outs
  2. Events -some with workshops and demos.
  3. Online Contests
  4. Member profile page 
  5. Show your work and so much more.

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2022 Plein Air Events

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Painting in Plein Air

Continuing the legacy of painting outdoors, members enjoy oils, pastels, watercolor and drawing. We have something for everyone to enjoy.

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Paint Outs

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  1. Shows
  2. Events
  3. Workshops
  4. Competitions
  5. Online contests
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  7. Volunteering
  8. News (new section on this page)
August 21, 2021, Jemez Paint Out. Thank you Susan Nichols for sharing your home and property. Ruan Bacigalupa.
August 21, 2021, Jemez Paint Out. Ruan B.
August 21, 2021, Jemez Paint Out. Fantastic views. Thanks again Susan. Ruan Bacigalupa.
PAPNM Members painting at the Lavender Market in Los Rancho on July 25, 2021. Photo courtesy of Ginny Bracht.
PAPNM Members painting at the Lavender Market in Los Rancho on July 25, 2021. Photo courtesy of Ginny Bracht.
Cerrillos Heat - 9x12 Oil/Panel - Michael Chesley Johnson June19, 2021 Paintout at Cerrillos Hills State Park
At the June 19, 2021 Cerrillos Hills State Park paintout. The gnats were terrible! I had to stuff bit of paper toweling in my ears to keep them out.
Handy tips to defend against pesky gnats: Deet-Free REPEL plus paper toweling stuffed in the ear canals. June 19, 2021 Cerrillos Hills State Park Paintout
Placita, NM, April 3, 2021, James Trigg
Placita, NM, April 3, 2021, James Trigg
Placita, NM, April 3, 2021, James Trigg
In the Shadows, 9x12, oil/panel by Michael Chesley Johnson South Narrows Picnic Area Paintout 3/20/21, Grants NM
Tina Little South Narrows Picnic Area Paintout 3/20/21, Grants NM (Photo Michael Chesley Johnson)
Pam Davis South Narrows Picnic Area Paintout 3/20/21, Grants NM (Photo Michael Chesley Johnson)
Michael Chesley Johnson South Narrows Picnic Area Paintout 3/20/21, Grants NM (Photo Michael Chesley Johnson)
Wendy Ahlm South Narrows Picnic Area Paintout 3/20/21, Grants NM (Photo Michael Chesley Johnson
Michael Chesley Johnson South Narrows Picnic Area Paintout 3/20/21, Grants NM (Photo Michael Chesley Johnson)
Jay Leutwyler South Narrows Picnic Area Paintout 3/20/21, Grants NM (Photo Michael Chesley Johnson)
South Narrows Picnic Area Paintout 3/20/21, Grants NM (Photo Michael Chesley Johnson)
Michael Chesley Johnson & Raku South Narrows Picnic Area Paintout 3/20/21, Grants NM (Photo Michael Chesley Johnson)
Getting out in all weather builds endurance! (Photo by Stephanie West)
Ramah Lake Paintout 9/26/2020 Painting by Connie Smith
Path to the Lake 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson Ramah Lake Paintout 9/26/2020
Ramah Lake Paintout 9/26/2020
Ramah Lake Paintout 9/26/2020
Ramah Lake Paintout 9/26/2020 - Michael Chesley Johnson
Ramah Lake Paintout 9/26/2020
Ramah Lake Paintout 9/26/2020
I was the only artist at the printout at Lamy this morning. It was sunny but very cold. This is one of the two paintings I did today. Erik Speyer March 21 2020
Lamy today at the Paintout. I was the only artist there, which is too bad because the sun was bright and sometimes warm. It was, however, very cold. Erik Speyer, Lamy, 3/21/'22
9th National Juried Member Show Paintout location, Leonora Curtin Wetlands, Santa Fe, NM>


National Show Reception 

See the record number of sales: Album

Michele. Byrne with her two award-winning paintings.

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PAPNM Members - Activities

Demos


Peggy Kroll-Roberts 2019

Workshops


Chris Morel - 2021

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Placitas Paint Out -2021

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  • 01 Nov 2021 11:52 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    Spike Ress won the Best of Show in the Utah Watercolor Society Fall Show. Congratulations.

    Spike Ress: "I just received official notice that "LUNCHEON ON THE GRASS" was awarded BEST OF SHOW in this year's Utah Watercolor society's Fall Show. What an honor, a big thank you to the juror Andy Evansen & the UWS. ( 22x30" acrylic on paper ) I borrowed the title from Manet and borrowed the scene from Capitol Reef NP."


  • 31 Oct 2021 11:51 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    Congratulations to Peggy Immel, PAPNM Master Signature Member for her First Place winner in this year's Sedona Plein Air Fiesta.

    Added note: our very own Tobi Clement and Douglas Maahs, purchased her painting:


  • 22 Oct 2021 11:57 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    American Impressionist Society

    AIS 2nd Annual All Member Online Exhibition

    Congratulations to the PAPMN members invited into the show:

    Carole Belleveau
    Ellen Buselli
    Michele Byrne AIS
    Jane Hunt AIS
    Susie Hyer AIS
    Katherine Irish
    Cheryl Koen
    Barbara Mulleneaux
    Jason Sacran AIS

    Watch for the awards' announcement on Oct 30:

    https://americanimpressionistsociety.org/ or social media:

    https://www.facebook.com/American.Impressionist.Society/?epa=SEARCH_BOX



  • 29 Sep 2021 11:59 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)



    Plein Air Division

    Combined Studio/Plein Air Division

    Congratulations to the PAPNM members, Beth Winfield and Michele Byrne for their awards in this prestigious organization.

    Oil Painters of America 2021 "Spirit of Santa Fe" Wet Paint Competition Plein Air Division

    https://www.oilpaintersofamerica.com/awardees.cfm?year=2021#wetpaint#wetpaint (scroll down)


  • 29 Sep 2021 11:58 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    Allen Brockbank
    Best of Show, PAPNM 2020 SFPAF
    2020 Santa Fe Plein Air Fiesta

    PAPNM Member, Allen Brockbank, has been in the news this year: 

    This past Feb, he was listed in the Southwest Art Magazine as an "Artist to Watch" :

    https://www.southwestart.com/articles-interviews/emerging-artists/artists-to-watch-allen-b-brockbank

    And now,  the November 2021 issue of Plein Air Magazine has listed him as one of "10 Artists to Collect Now".

    Visit his website:

    https://www.allenbbrockbank.com/


  • 10 Sep 2021 12:09 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


                    Prismatic Aura


    Katherine:

    "I received MASTER PASTELIST from the Pastel Society of America after winning an award in the 2021 Enduring Brillance Exhibit. This beautiful exhibit can be seen at https://www.pastelsocietyofamerica.org. "Prismatic Aura" is shown above. Thank you to the juror of awards, Emily A. Beeny, PhD, Curator in Charge of European Paintings, Fine Arts Museum of San Franscisco and thank you to everyone who works so hard to make the show possible. Who would have ever thought? I am so proud to join many pastelists whom I admire in this distinction."


  • 03 Sep 2021 12:05 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Michele for an Award of Excellence at the OPA Convention in Santa Fe:

    "I was VERY honored to win an award of excellence at the wet paint Exhibit. We painted at El Rancho de las Golondrinas one afternoon, and I painted the artist Nugzari Novikoff from Tbilisa, Georgia while he was hard at work."

    PAINTING HISTORY- 16” x 12” - cobra oil paint
    "What drew me to paint this piece was the strong directional shapes of the shadows in the courtyard.
    He just happened to be standing in the most dramatic shadow triangle.
    Initially I didn’t think I would paint it - because he was in the way. But since I knew he wasn’t going to move, I decided to work with the composition as it looked."


  • 03 Sep 2021 12:01 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    https://americanwomenartists.org/upcoming-2022-signature-members/

    "So many wonderful things happening! I just got my letter notifying me that I am advancing to the signature level of American Women Artists for 2022! Honored all to bits!!"


    And from Peggy Immel:  

    "It's always wonderful to receive an email with great news, so a big thank you to Executive Director Sandra Harris and the American Women Artists for the congratulatory note letting me know that I'd been granted Signature status. I'm psyched!"




  • 13 Aug 2021 12:06 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    Ten artists based in New Mexico talk about their work: 

    Click here (scroll down)

    Congratulations to the PAPNM Members in the article.

    Connie Falk

    Krysteen Waszak

    Richard Prather

    Carla Forrest

    Richard Alan Nichols


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PAPNM
P. O. Box 20503
Albuquerque, NM
87154-0503

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87154-0503
 

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