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  • 25 Sep 2019 10:28 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    Listen to the Plein Air Podcasts sponsored by Eric Rhoads and the Plein Air Magazine. Visit: have just begun to listen to them on my daily walk. Very informative with many painting AND marketing tips for Plein Air painters.  I highly recommend this podcast series.  Karen Halbert

  • 18 Aug 2019 7:22 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    Nancy Silvia will be spending two weeks in September as an Artist in
    Residence at Cape Cod National Seashore.  She will stay in one of the
    historic "dune shacks"  on the outer Cape, listening to the surf and
    returning to her roots painting seascapes.

    2 photos attached:  "Boris' Shack"  and "Almost Evening" 8x6"

  • 10 Jul 2019 7:26 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    New Works at 7 Arts Gallery, "Inhabitants of the Land" hangs for the month of July at 7 Arts Gallery, 125 Lincoln Avenue in Santa Fe, near the plaza. Please join us for an artist reception on Friday, July 12, from 5 to 7 pm.

  • 11 May 2019 5:53 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    7 Arts Gallery at 125 Lincoln Avenue in Santa Fe will host Nancy Silvia's June Exhibition "NIGHT AND DAY - Recent Paintings". The Opening Reception will be Friday June 7, from 5 to 7pm.

  • 01 May 2019 6:45 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    Peter Grab's painting "North of Santa Fe" was selected as part of the FAV15 % in the March 2019 Bold Brush Painting competition. 

  • 21 Feb 2019 2:28 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    Taos Treasures: the Plein Air Creative Process

    Wednesday, February 27, from 5:30-6:30 PM. Fechin Studio, Taos

    Have you ever wanted to peek inside the mind of an artist at the moment they find their Muse? The beauty of New Mexico has a long history of luring the outdoor painter, demanding to be captured in some form of permanence. In fact, some of the best painters in the world come to Taos to do just that!

    Three Master Signature members of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM), Clive Tyler, Paul Murray and Peggy Immel, will share some of their outdoor painting processes, answering questions such as: What attracts them to a scene? How do they evaluate the subject and form a plan for the painting? How do they then implement that plan in an environment with ever-changing light? What are the challenges of painting outdoors? What are some of their favorite painting stories? This discussion will be moderated by John Meister, immediate past president of PAPNM.

    Tickets are free for members, $10 for non-members.
    To RSVP or purchase tickets, please call 575-758-2690.

  • 17 Feb 2019 2:22 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    Every 5 Miles with Sharon Bamber: Continuing the painting/pilgrimage through France and Spain with 100+ km to go.

    Feb 7. Calvor to Sarria. So Sarria is where the majority of folks start "The Camino" as the requirement to be able to receive a Compostela certificate is to walk the 100km+ to Santiago from here.
    We are tired so planning a rest day, maybe two, before the final push to Santiago and Fisterra. Did a nice castle painting just the small remains on the hill overlooking the town. Set up the pod as it looked like rain but it didn't materialise.
    Pretty happy with it and the pod did not attract too much attention.
    Into town, time for a break.

  • 03 Dec 2018 5:06 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    J. Waid Griffin's one-man show at Purple Sage Gallery opens December 8, with a reception from 5 to 8 pm, and continues through December 31.

    Purple Sage Gallery is located at 201 San Felipe NW in Historic Old Town Albuquerque, NM. Phone 505-450-4059 for more information.

  • 01 Dec 2018 4:39 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    130 artworks (out of more than 400 entries) by 73 artists (15 Signature Members and 58 Artist Members, 35% from out of state) were juried into the Annual PAPNM Juried Members Show.  Additionally, twenty honors works by nine Master Signature Members, Judge Ray Roberts, two Jurors, and nine Board of Director members are on exhibit. Special thanks goes to Southwest Art Magazine, Western Art Collector, and Sorrel Sky Gallery for their amazing generosity and enthusiasm. 

    • Best of Show: Barbara Coleman, “Pond Up North” (oil), $5200 value
    • Best of Signature Members: Damien Gonzales, “Little Rapids on the Rio Chama” (oil), $3200 value
    • Best of Artist Members: Lee MacLeod, “Shadow Play, Abiquiu” (oil), $2500 value
    • Award of Excellence – Nocturne: Lyn Boyer, “Rabbit Ears Motel” (oil), $1050 value
    • Award of Excellence – Oil Media: Meridee Mendio, “Cottonwoods", $1050 value
    • Award of Excellence – Wet Media: Mike Simpson, “Petrichor”, $1050 value
    • Award of Excellence – Dry Media: Seung Youn, “Hidden Creek”, $1050 value
    • Louisa McElwain Memorial Award: Loretta Domaszewski, “Riverside Willow” (oil), $700 value
    • Jeffrey Potter Memorial Award: Dick Wimberly, “Love in Bloom” (oil), $700 value
    • Honorable Mention – Oil Media: Carol Benally, “Arizona Vista” (oil), $400 value
    • Honorable Mention – Wet Media: Eric Speyer, “Canyon de Chelly” (water color), $400 value
    • Honorable Mention – Dry Media: Felix Voltsinger, “Mighty Sycamore Trees, New Mexico” (graphite on paper), $400 value
    • Honorable Mention – Figure in the Landscape: Jane Chapin, “Old Town Estonia” (oil), $400 value
    • Artists’ Choice: John Meister, “Prickly Heat” (oil), $400 value

    See photos of entries on the PAPNM website at

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