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  •  New as of 11/17/2021. Member News has moved to the Home page (scroll down). The news items on this page are from prior to 11/17/2021.

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  • 01 Nov 2021 11:17 AM | Karen Halbert (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 2:02 PM | Karen Halbert (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:

  • 29 Oct 2021 9:26 AM | Karen Halbert (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. To view the show go to

  • 22 Oct 2021 8:42 AM | Karen Halbert (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: or social media:

  • 29 Sep 2021 4:24 PM | Karen Halbert (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" :

    And now,  the November 2021 issue of Plein Air Magazine has listed him as one of "10 Artists to Collect Now".

    Visit his website:

  • 29 Sep 2021 10:45 AM | Karen Halbert (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 (scroll down)

  • 10 Sep 2021 8:36 AM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

                    Prismatic Aura


    "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 "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 3:24 PM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    "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!"

  • 03 Sep 2021 3:15 PM | Karen Halbert (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."

  • 01 Sep 2021 2:05 PM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    What: 7 Visions of the West: landscape paintings by members of the Bettina Steinke Studio Group Where: Abiquiú Inn 21120 US 84, Abiquiú
    When: Through Sept. 30. An opening reception with the artists will be held 4:30 to about 6 p.m., July 29
    Note: Artists from the group will be painting on location at various times during the duration on the exhibit. Their next scheduled date for location painting is July 24

    See whole Rio Grande Sun article: RioGrandeSunBettinaSteinke .pdf

    Some PAPNM Participating Members: Marcia Williams, Cecilia Robertson, Nancy Davis, Lee MacLeod, Paula Devereaux. The group was formed by Bill Gallen, PAPNM Master Signature Artist.

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  • Outdoor Painters Society
  • Oil Painters of America
  • OPA Western Regional
  • American  Watercolor Society
  • National Watercolor Society
  • Pastel Society of America 
  • American Women Artists
  • American Impressionist Society
  • La Biennale di Venezia
  • Plein Air Artists of Colorado
  • Masterworks of New Mexico
  • Women Artists of the West
  • Albuquerque Museum ArtsThrive

Featured Articles:

  • American Art Collector
  • Western Art Collector
  • Southwest Art
  • Art of the West
  • Plein Air Magazine
  • Outdoor Painter
  • Fine Art Connoisseur
  • Art in America
  • International Artist Magazine.

Other Sources:

  • Streamline Podcasts
  • Other National Shows
  • Member Workshops
  • Acceptance into Nationally known gallery
  • Participation as PACE or Plein Air Live Demonstration or Field Artist

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