For artist members: Artist, Signature and Master Signature Levels
Paint Outs in beautiful outdoor locations throughout New Mexico provide members organized opportunities to build plein air skills in the company of other artists. From painting natural open vistas to churches and rustic adobes, this popular activity is a favorite.
2023 Paint Outs are being scheduled. Watch for paint out announcements in your email inbox.
And/or check back frequently to view scheduled paint outs!
Before registering for any paint out please read the Paint Out Protocol sections below with information about Covid 19, Cancellation AND a Fire Hazards' warning.
Upcoming Scheduled Paint Outs
Members: log in to see these artist-members-only paint outs. Please, only registered (PAPNM) members should attend a paint out. Space is sometimes limited and guests cannot be accommodated.
ALSO: if your membership lapses after you've registered, please be sure to renew your membership by the paint out date (otherwise you will not receive any important updates).
For More Information
To inquire about a paint out, feel free to email our Paint Out Chairs or the Events Director. Click here or scroll down.
FYI: It's been reported that Las Golondrinas charges an extra $15 to paint on the grounds - above and beyond the entrance fee.
© J. Chris Morel, 12×16, Oil
Fire Hazard (new):
"A very significant amount of human-caused wildfires are ignited when people are driving vehicles that haven’t been properly maintained or when people drive off of paved roads. Follow these simple tips to avoid starting a wildfire with your vehicle." (click on the link for the tips):
As a courtesy to our volunteer paint out coordinators we strongly encourage our members to cancel if they have registered for a paint-out and are unable to attend. If you are a no-show, you are potentially taking away a spot from another member. Paint out venues will vary in size from large to small and some venues will have limited capacity where registration is very important and a wait list will be established. (for instance - a museum or a private home garden). Each artist will now be able to cancel up to the day of the event on the website. You will be sent an automatic reminder of your registration four (4) days before the event. Please see Paint Out Cancellation Instructions.pdf. In case of a last minute emergency, we kindly ask you to please call the paint out organizer and let them know your status; we know “life happens”. We also encourage you to cancel if feeing ill.
We hereby state that the PAPNM organization, its members, associates or sponsors, are not responsible in any way for paint-out participants. PAPNM assumes no responsibility for safety and security at the paint outs. Members of PAPNM may invite friends to join them on Paint Outs, if the event is occurring on public lands. Some of our scheduled events occur on private property and, out of respect to the private property owners, these events are reserved for members only. Contact the Paint Out Coordinator with questions.
We urge all painters to use common sense. PAPNM's scheduled paint outs are considered to be public affairs and, if you choose to attend, you are responsible for your own transportation, personal needs, painting, equipment (including emergency equipment), and most importantly, you are responsible for yourself.
PAPNM is currently scheduling paint outs regionally with special paint outs scattered throughout the year. In an attempt to provide a variety of choices we will try to organize paint-outs to encompass several regions of the state.
While weather generally doesn't deter our enthusiastic commitment to painting outdoors, occasionally we simply cannot paint at a particular location as planned. We reserve the right to cancel any paint-out and will try to post notification of any cancellations or changes as far in advance as possible. It is advised to check the status of the paint out before you head out.
In our effort to foster camaraderie, we will try to include places for artists to meet after the paint outs if possible. If none is listed and you know of a convenient location, please inform the paint-out coordinator. Relaxing with your fellow artists after painting en plein air is a good opportunity to get to know each other, exchange ideas, show your paintings, etc. When attending a paint out, please use common sense and don't forget to respect the “personal space” of other painters.
With concern to the very environment where we paint, we encourage a strong environmental ethic and hope you will respect native vegetation and wildlife, observe and respect private property boundaries, and obey all local, state and federal laws, including the most recent updated health ordinances in the state (see the NM Health Guidance section below).
Consider purchasing a GPS or current New Mexico road map to assist you in your travels. All attempts are to give clear and accurate directions. But, as you know, change is constant!
PAPNM Board of Directors
Visit the NM Health website before any paint out: https://cv.nmhealth.org/ (scroll down to the Mask Guidance button for example).
PAPNM is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization of artists dedicated to preserving and promoting painting "en plein air" - in the open air or outdoors. Please note all arrangements will follow current New Mexico Department of Health guidelines in place at the time of any in person event.
North NM- Taos
Central- NM ABQ/SF
West NM - Gallup
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