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  • 20 Aug 2015 4:14 PM | Anonymous

    "Another Day", by Thomas Wezwick, was an award winner in the July 2015 BoldBrush Painting competition. His 3rd Place was awarded by James Crandall.

  • 19 Aug 2015 11:44 AM | Anonymous

    Recent shows for Signature member Rosie Sandifer this year include:

    Allied Artists of America: 100 Years, an invitational show held at the Canton Museum of Art in Ohio, April 24 - July 19, 2015

    Allied Artists of America Annual Exhibition, a juried show held at the Salmagundi Club in NYC, September 3 - 13, 2015

    Rim to Ruins Exhibition & Sale held at Kent Denver School in Denver, CO, November 7, 2015

  • 12 Aug 2015 5:27 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to the 2015 Award Winners at Plein Air Artists Colorado's 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition, held July 30 to August 30, 2015 at Mary Williams Fine Arts in Boulder, CO, chosen by show judge Lorenzo Chavez!

    Master Signature Award
    Albert Handell, “The White Pine”

    1st Place Signature Award
    Damien Gonzales, “Anasazi Ruins in Canon Del Muerto”

  • 12 Aug 2015 5:14 PM | Anonymous

    Please join the PAPNM Board in welcoming Suzanne Morris and Thomas Wezwick as PAPNM's newest Signature Members, and Bill Gallen as our newest Master Signature Member.  The PAPNM Board approved applications and nominations for these three memberships at its 3rd quarter 2015 meeting.  Congratulations to Suzanne, Thomas and Bill on these hard-earned and well-deserved advancements!

    Suzanne Morris  resides in beautiful Nags Head, North Carolina, and paints in New Mexico at every opportunity.  She is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists, and is represented by several galleries in North Carolina and elsewhere.  Her work has been represented in shows by Women Artists of the West, American Impressionist Society and the Laguna Plein Air Association.  Suzanne was featured in American Art Collector magazine in 2013 and 2014, and Southwest Art in 2013.  She participated in the Salmagundi Club non-member's juried show earlier this year, and will join fellow PAPNM Signature members Lee MacLeod and Richard Prather, and Master Signature member Peggy Immel at the Plein Air Rockies event in Estes Park in August.  Please visit her web site at for additional information.

    Thomas Wezwick  is based in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and has lived and painted in the southwest for the past 30 years.  Well-known in PAPNM for his bold and dynamic brush work, he has participated and won awards with the Oil Painters of America and Arts for the Park shows and competitions, and many others.  He has twice been a featured artist in Art of the West magazine, and conducted one-man shows at galleries in Santa Fe and Jackson, Wyoming.  Learn more about Thomas at his website:

    Bill Gallen  is a well-known New Mexico award-winning painter and instructor, and has been a PAPNM Signature member and occasional judge and juror in PAPNM shows and competitions since 2005.  Bill has won awards in the prestigious Plein Air Southwest and Salon International shows in Texas, and participated in several national museum shows.  He has been a featured artist in American Art Collector and Southwest Art magazines, and his work has been included in the 2006 book "Landscapes of New Mexico," and 2009's "Art Journey New Mexico."  Bill is represented by Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe;  Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery in Tucson, Arizona; and the Oh-Be-Joyful Gallery in Crested Butte, Colorado.  More information on this exceptional artist is available at

  • 23 Jul 2015 10:08 PM | Anonymous
    My 18x24 painting, "Sunny in Northern New Mexico", was accepted into the Oil Painters of America (OPA) Western Regional Exhibition opening August 7th at Wild Horse Gallery in Steamboat Springs, CO.

  • 20 Jul 2015 6:11 PM | Anonymous

    Rosie Sandifer’s group of paintings for Rim to Ruins, Mesa Verde Foundation Show & Sale in Denver, November 2014 - January 2015. The Plein Air exhibit was opposite this photo.

  • 02 Jul 2015 8:50 AM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    From Holly Grimm, PAPNM Member and a Quick Draw winner at the 2015 Santa Fe Plein Air Festival:

    I’m excited to be a recipient of the 2015 SWAIA SFAI Residency Fellowship. I’ll be in residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute during August and September. Also, I’ll have a booth at this year’s SWAIA – Santa Fe Indian Market. Now it’s time to stretch some canvases!

    Holly will be producing several plein air pieces as part of this fellowship. See

  • 25 May 2015 9:41 AM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    PAPNM Master Signature Member, Albert Handell (, has written an article published in the current June 2015 issue of Artist's Magazine:


    As Albert states in the article: "Explore the rich variety of textural contrast made possible with oils applied with brushes and knives, contrasts ranging from thin to thick and opaque to transparent".

    The article goes into detail about Albert's oil painting process. The article's sub-headings alone are intriguing:

    • Thin to Thick to Thin Again
    • Merest Wisp of a Scumble (hint: how to paint a rainbow)
    • Sleight of Knife
    • Glazed to Perfection
    • Strokes of Genius
    • A Variety of Transparent Applications
    The article also has sidebars on: 

    • Why Paint from Dark to Light
    • Materials (Paint, Brushes, Mediums)
    • Clean Color Solutions

    Short bio: "Albert Handell is a master signature member of Oil Painters of America and a master artist of the American Impressionist Society.  In 1987 he became the fourth living American artist accepted into the Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame.  In 2007, the Butler Institute of American art (Youngstown, Ohio) honored him with a retrospective exhibition of his works in pastel."

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