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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
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  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  

More info

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


For MORE videos be sure to subscribe to the PAPNM uTube channel here.

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

  • 15 Nov 2021 11:49 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    Oct 15 - Nov 27, 2021

    Michele Byrne:

    "THRILLED to find out that I won an Award of Excellence at the Oil Painters of America Western Exhibit!!

    Thank you OPA and thank you Jeremy Goodding for the award and your thoughts about my piece.

    Congratulations to all the award winners at the Mary R. Koch Arts Center in Wichita, Kansas!"


  • 06 Nov 2021 12:23 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    As the air brings back the familiar cool weather of fall, I am reminded  of all that we have to be grateful for.  Not only as artists, but as friends and neighbors.  This is the season of thanksgiving for all of our blessings.  We are blessed to have the desire, talent and the ability to capture the beauty of the landscape with our own views and perspectives. Please embrace that spirit of gratitude as you celebrate with family and dear ones this month.

    Writing of gratitude, we as an organization had a lovely opening of the 13th National Members Juried Exhibition at Sorrel Sky Fine Art Galley in Santa Fe.  Not only did the event team headed up by VP Carole Belliveau and Events Director Beth Cooper put on a wonderful event, it was well attended and we had a wonderful number of sales before and during the Opening.  Whoo hoo! Collectors were able to meet and discuss their new treasures with the artists that created them!  Our esteemed Judge of Awards Jill Carver gave a mini - master class in painting excellence as she announced her selections and rationale. Check out the PAPNM Web page 2021 13th National Juried Members Exhibition, the Sorrel Sky web page https://sorrelsky.com/collections/13th-annual-national-juried-members-exhibition   and our social media page for more information and video. https://www.facebook.com/papnm.org .   

    Let your family and friends know that there are many treasures to be had hanging on the gallery walls!

    Congratulations again to our winners

    • Best of Show Barbara Coleman
    • Best of Signature Members Jane Chapin
    • Best of Artists Members Chris Morel
    • Award of Excellence: Oil Media David Mayer
    • Honorable Mention: Oil Media Allen Brocbank
    • Award of Excellence: Wet Media Erik Speyer
    • Honorable Mention: Wet Media Nora Larimer
    • Award of Excellence: Dry Media Margi Lucena
    • Honorable Mention: Dry Media Paige Smith-Wyatt
    • PAPNM Founders Award (new) Michele Byrne
    • Enchanted Sky Cecilia Robertson
    • Louisa McElwain Memorial Award Barbara Clark
    • Jeffrey Potter Memorial Award Dick Wimberly
    • Artist’s Choice Maggie Robinson
    • Sorrell Sky Gallery Award Michele Byrne

    Please join me in welcoming our new members:

    • Rachel Pearson of Los Alamos, New Mexico
    • Misty Pilgrim of Albuquerque Fe, New Mexico
    • Susan Woelk of Chamisal, New Mexico 

    We have two Paint Outs coming up...

    A reminder about our partners in the art world. 

    • We recently entered an agreement with Fine Art Store,  https://www.fineartstore.com  such that when a PAPNM artist purchases material from their site and self identifies as a PAPNM member in the notes section at checkout, we can earn up to 5% credit that Fine Art Store will be able to extend digital gift cards that we can in turn use for prizes at our events.  We all need more supplies, right?
    • Art of the West is putting out it's Guidebook of Art 2022.  They have competitive ad rates.  Contact them @ 1800-937-9194 or email lisa@aotw.com to reserve space if you are interested.

    Its that time of year to consider how you might get involved with the PAPNM Board of Directors.  You each received an email from Natasha Isenhour in September outlining our call for nominations for the Board and other volunteer opportunities.  Please contact Natasha (natashaisenhour@gmail.com) to discuss your interests either as a potential board member or a member of one of the teams supporting the board. Together we all make this organization special! 

    Our next board meeting will be November19, 2021. Please join us if you are able. Please note we will keep non board members on mute and open Zoom Chat for your questions.  We will get to your questions and commentary during or at the end of the meeting as we are able.

    Topic: PAPNM Board Meeting November (Meeting starts at 9:30 AM)

    Time: Nov 12, 2021 09:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87862433997?pwd=eVRhOHI4UFBJZ0x6Rm5ZVVpKUVpvQT09 

    Meeting ID: 878 6243 3997

    Passcode: 586376


    Best Regards, 

    Phyllis Gunderson, PAPNM President


  • 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!"




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87154-0503

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