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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.

David Mayer 1st Place, 2022 Winter Wonderland Contest.
Erik Speyer 2nd Place (tied) 2022 Winter Wonderland Contest.
Carole Belliveau 2nd Place (tied) 2022 Winter Wonderland Contest
TIED FOR FIRST. Michele Byrne. 2021 Color Passages Online Contest- Aspen Vista - SOLD
TIED FOR FIRST. Liz Bartlett Culp. 2021 Color Passages Online Contest"
TIED FOR SECOND. Garcia Loehr, 2021 Color Passages Online Contest , 25. Autumn Wanes -
TIED FOR SECOND. Deanne Kroll. 2021 Color Passages Online Contest. 52, Golden Hour.
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

Member Benefits

Beginners Welcome!

  1. Outdoor - Paint Outs
  2. Events - some with workshops and demos.
  3. Online Contests
  4. Member profile page 
  5. Share your work and Biography.
  6. Members Only page (must be logged on to view on menu or to access page)
  7. Mentorship Program (must be logged on)

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2022 Plein Air Events

Scheduled
September


Scheduled
Taos Oct 28-Nov 10


Painting in Plein Air

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

Videos.

Paint Outs

Promote Your Work

  1. Shows
  2. Events
  3. Workshops
  4. Competitions
  5. Online contests
  6. Co-op Advertising
  7. Volunteering
  8. News (new section on this page)


Featured Master of the Month!


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PACE Juried Slideshow

Paintings at the Plein Air Convention: Album  

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Joe Anna Arnette, Yellow Rose Study, Oil, $1400.
Peggy Immel, DEMO, Flash of Gold, 16x10, $700.SOLD. 100% Proceeds to PAPNM.
Paul Murray, pastel. 14x14” $1,950
Dick Wimberly Nambe Arroyo Gate oil 12" x 16" $1,150.00
Deanne Kroll Running Eagle Falls Oil on Linen Canvas 16" x 11" $875.00
Jim Lusk In the foothills Oil on panel 9" x 12" $700.00
Joshua Lance Santa Fe Lights Oil 16" x 20" $950.00
Maggie Robinson â Whose Woods These Areâ Oil on canvas board 9" x 12" $550.00
Richie Vios Santa Elena Watercolor 11" x 14" $800.00
Linda Wells Leafless Pastel 16" x 12" $750.00
Kathleen Reilly Almost Spring Oil 9" x 12" $600.00
Stephanie West FLOWERING FIELD UNDER TAOS MOUNTAINS oil 9" x 12" $325.00. SOLD
Lee MacLeod Dry Wash oil 6" x 8" $400 .SOLD.
Chris Morel August Blumenschein (w/o signature) Oil on Linen Canvas 14" x 11" $2,200.00
Suzanne Morris Summer Snow" oil 12" x 16" $995.00
Bill Meuser Plaza Stroll Oil 12" x 9" $600.00
David Mayer The Colors of Gallisteo Basin New Mexico Oil 9" x 12" $950.00
Erik Speyer Near Caldera Watercolor 9" x 12" $600.00
Michele Byrne Morning Light on the Mesa Oil on Linen Panel 18" x 18" $2,600.00
Phyllis Gunderson Pedernal Oil 8" x 10" $475.00
Barbara Clark Where Jeeps Go Oil 12" x 16" $750.00. SOLD
Ellen Buselli Gate & Bell at Mabel Dodge House oil on linen 10" x 12" x 1" $850.00
Carole Belliveau Abandoned Church Oil 12" x 16" x .25" $980.00 SOLD
lisa flynn Local Color, Arroyo Seco Oil 12" x 12" x 0" $750.00
Jane Chapin Chalten Glacier Oil on linen 6" x 8" x 0" $650.00
Rajen Chanchani First sign of Spring Oil 16" x 20" x 0" $1,900.00
Ginny Bracht Original Horizontality Oil 14" x 11" $650.00
Lorie Batson Winter Muse Oil 12" x 16" $1,000.00
Wendy Ahlm Galisteo Sundials Oil 9" x 12" $495.00 SOLD
Anne Aleshire Summer Pleasure Oil 14" x 11" x .25" $600.00




Fechin Invitational Slideshow

Album

Margi Lucena, Always Changing, 24x18, pastel
Lee McVey, Chamisa Patch, 12x12, oil
Jane Chapin, Storm Over Spirit Mountain, 12x24, oil
Barbara Churchley, Aspen Season, 6x18, pastel
Thomas Wezwick, Cold Waters, 18x24, oil
Albert Handell, The Giant, 16x20, pastel
Peggy Immel, Downstream Promise, 12x16, oil
Tobi Clement, Crimson and Gold, 11x14, pastel
Mike Simpson, Spring Days, 14x18, oil
Tom Blazier, The Mystic, 12x16, oil
Suzanne Morris, Running Free, 12x16, oil
Janice St. Marie, Sing to Me, Autumn, 16x20, pastel
Richard Prather, It's Not Always Going to be This Grey, 11x14, oil
Peggy Trigg, The Hidden Pools, 24x12, oil
Paul Murray, The Wine Shed, 17.5x15, pastel
Nancy Silvia, Cloud Dance Over Taos, 18x24, pastel
JoeAnna Arnett, Chamisa and Asters, 12x16, oil
Jane Hunt, Evening Graze, 11x14, oil
Natasha Isenhour, A Portrait of Trees, 12x24, oil
MaryAnn McGraw, Evensong, 11x14, pastel
Barbara Coleman, Orilla Verde, 16x20, oil
Carole Belliveau, Relic of the Past, 12x16, oil

The Past Year's National Juried Show:

Album with its record number of sales

Reception 

Calendar


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Videos


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Mentorship Program

Announcing a new mentorship program for members. 

Mentorship Program


Sandstone Bluffs, March 12, 2022, by Sheila Kaplan, organized by Michael Chesley Johnson
Sandstone Bluffs with lava fields in the background. March 12, 2022
Michael Chelsea Johnson painting at Sandstone Bluffs on March 12, 2022
"Vertical Drop" 9x12 oil / Michael Chesley Johnson / Sandstone Bluffs Paintout, March 12, 2022
"Bluff" 9x12 oil / Michael Chesley Johnson / Sandstone Bluffs Paintout, March 12, 2022
Michael Chesley Johnson / Sandstone Bluffs Paintout, March 12, 2022 / Photo: Trina Stephenson
Sandstone Bluffs Paintout, March 12, 2022 / Photo: Michael Chesley Johnson
Ken Foster / Sandstone Bluffs Paintout, March 12, 2022 / Photo: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sandstone Bluffs Paintout, March 12, 2022 / Photo: Trina Stephenson
Helen McComas / Sandstone Bluffs Paintout, March 12, 2022 / Photo: Trina Stephenson
Los Poblanos is a treasured jewel in Los Ranchos, NM: lavender fields, large sunflowers, luxurious cottages and fine dining. PAPNM Paint Out, Aug 2019. Watercolor 10 x 14", Wendy Ahlm.
August 21, 2021, Jemez Paint Out. Thank you Susan for sharing your home and property. Ruan B.
August 21, 2021, Jemez Paint Out. Ruan B.
August 21, 2021, Jemez Paint Out. Fantastic views. Thanks again Susan. Ruan B.
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>


PAPNM Members - Activities

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Contests

News

  • 06 Jan 2022 8:08 AM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    From Natasha:

    "One more amazing thing to start this year! Thank you @ericrhoads for recognizing my painting in the #bestpainting2021 contest!"

    "Well how about THAT! Thank you Eric Rhoads!

    5 selected. Approximately 500 entered

    #BestPainting2021 contest"

    And here are the top three:

    From Eric Rhoads, Publisher:

    #BestPainting2021 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

    Thank you for participating in the #BestPainting2021 Contest! We had around 500 entries - WOW! It was so fun to see the many beautiful pieces of art that you created last year. Thank you for sharing them.

    Here are the top three winners, each of whom will receive three art videos of their choice from Streamline Art Video:

     “Atlantic Wild” soft pastel on Sennelier Le Carte by Jackie Daly - Oil Painter

     “Cascade” oil on oil primed linen panel by Diane Reeves

     "In Vino Veritas" oil on canvas by lucianoneves_art

    Because there were so many wonderful entries, I also decided to have 2 "honorable mentions" and give them each a $50 gift card to Streamline Art (Now PaintTube):

     “Through the Stillness” oil on panel painted with only a palette knife by Melanie Levitt

     "Sticks and Stones" oil by Natasha Isenhour

    Congratulations to the winners. I hope that 2022 brings many more paintings into your life!



  • 13 Dec 2021 8:57 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    LPAPA and PAPNM Artist Member, Lee MacLeod, is spotlighted in OutdoorPainter.

    Click here: Lee MacLeod Outdoor Painter to see several beautiful paintings and to read an interview with Lee.


  • 03 Dec 2021 4:00 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    Natasha Isenhour, Past PAPNM President, had an opening at the Ventana Gallery at 400 Canyon Road, Dec 3, with 35 new works!! Natasha is represented by the gallery, one of the most prestigious in Santa Fe!!. 

    https://www.natashaisenhour.com

    Visit the Ventana Gallery website and click on the interview with Wolfgang and Natasha at the top (as of Dec 2021). Wonderful descriptions of what inspired her to paint each piece and what made each subject irresistible:

    https://www.ventanafineart.com


  • 02 Dec 2021 12:23 PM | Stephanie West (Administrator)


    Hi Folks, I'm pretty excited to find out "Plein Air Magazine" featured my painting "Berkshire Barn 9x12" along with a corresponding article for the front cover of the new Dec/Jan issue. Many thanks to Plein Air Magazine and writer Bob Bahr for penning the article!

  • 01 Dec 2021 5:04 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    From the Bridge

    By Barbara Coleman
    Oil
    12 x 16 in.
    Best in Show Award for the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico National Exhibition Sorrel Sky Gallery, Santa Fe NM

    Barbara: ""From the Bridge" is featured in OutdoorPainter.com this month- which is a real honor. I have included some of my thoughts about what this painting means to me, and the deep symbolism of bridges. Hope you enjoy the article! Just click on the link below [sic] to read the article."

    https://www.outdoorpainter.com/featured-artwork-barbara-coleman-3/?fbclid=IwAR1MKRRTO4Oq95UjQD8EIIyc3EKaEnioy1XT4KseclsBgz62AoCZwPbEIsY 

  • 25 Nov 2021 8:36 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    Peggy Trigg, Windy Point, oil, 36 x 36.

    Meet 10 women who are making their marks: 

    Click here for full list and description in the Southwest Art  Magazine.

    Interview/excerpt with PAPNM's Signature Member, Peggy Trigg:

    Where do you live and work? Questa, NM, a village just north of Taos. I create my artwork mostly outside in the local area.

    What are your favorite subjects to depict? The landscape. I was raised in the country in northern New Mexico and have a deep love for it. My favorite things to paint include the Rio Grande Gorge and high-desert sage.

    How would you describe your style? I am an impressionistic painter, sometimes leaning a little toward expressionism. I paint fast and loose using a large brush or a painting spatula. I love design, so I focus a lot on shape, color, texture, and line and not so much on the actual representation of a scene.

    Where did you study art? I started my art schooling in Austin, TX, and finished up my formal education at the University of New Mexico.

    What is your proudest art accomplishment? I think my proudest accomplishment is that I have followed my dream. I have been creating art most of my life and am represented by four galleries. I also have six pieces in public art collections, including one in Sasebo, Japan.

    When you’re not creating art, what else do you enjoy doing? I love where I live, which is right next to the Carson National Forest. I enjoy being outside hiking, working in the yard, or playing with my pets.

    What galleries represent your work? Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, Taos, NM; La Mesa of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM; Romero Street Gallery, Albuquerque, NM; Jezebel Gallery, Madrid, NM; www.peggytrigg.com.


  • 22 Nov 2021 9:00 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    It's always good to see how members transitioned from their previous life to plein air painting.  Jack was recently given a Hall of Fame inductee spotlight in the magazine of the Association of Energy Engineers. Please read the attached: pages 17 - 19.

    The article includes: 

    You’re retired, but are you still working? After four decades, I still love the work. So I find time to serve on two Corporate Boards of energy companies. But now I can spend more time on an old passion – Plein Air oil painting. My path to this moment is atypical for either a CEM or a Plein Air Painter. My profound appreciation for our planet gave me the conviction for professional success and now drives my passion for painting.

    and

    Has your lifelong career impacted your creativity in retirement? The passion for preserving resources, and the environment, is not something you turn off. Beginning painting again helps me continue to put a spotlight on that passion. My goal is to create images that reflect the beauty of our environment, my love of mountain landscapes, and hopefully tug at the viewer’s heartstrings just a little bit. I hope my paintings motivate viewers to value and question the environment and energy consumption behavior. If that is the case, I may continue to positively impact the planet in a small way, just as I did as an AEE member. 


    https://www.aeecenter.org/sites/default/files/resource-attachments/AEE-Magazine-Sept2021-Digital.pdf


  • 19 Nov 2021 2:41 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    Congratulations to PAPNM Master Signature Member, Jane Hunt

    "I have exciting news to share!! Honored to learn that I'm among the fifteen most awarded artists in the US. For those of you on Instagram you can learn more @artdataintel....I've also shared their post below.

    ________

    Repost: Jane Hunt is the twelfth most awarded artist across USA based art contests, over the last 13 years.

    Hunt ranks: 1st at PleinAir Salon competing against 563 award winning artists and she has won multiple awards at American Impressionist Society, International ARC Salon, BoldBrush Art Contest, National Oil, Acrylic Painters’ Society and Oil Painters of America (where she holds the record for the most OPA awards won in a single year - 5  in 2018 -)"


  • 19 Nov 2021 11:56 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    Congratulations to Katherine Irish, PAPNM Artist Member.

    Katherine: "Midsummer Days End" was juried into the American Artists Professional League's - 93rd Grand National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club of New York. The work will be on exhibit from November 8th and November 19th in New York. 

    "Midsummer Day's End" received the Frank C. Wright Medal of Honor Award!  "What an honor to be associated with such fine artists!!! Thank you American Artists Professional League!"


    To view the show go to https://aaplinc.org."


  • 16 Nov 2021 6:40 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    Richard Alan Nichols: "I’m humbled again to be honored and given the “Taos Aglow” magazine Cover!!! Thank you Taos News and Chris Baker!"


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87154-0503

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