Friday, October 10, 2014

Two APAP artists at AIS Show in Denver & A Community Show Opportunity

Congratulations to Christine Debrosky who attended the American Impressionist Society’s show in Denver last week and won the President’s Award for her painting “Gold Coins.”  See more of her work on her website www.christinedebrosky.com.
Christine Debrosky won the AIS Show's prestigious President's Award for her entry "Gold Coins"
APAP member Eric Slayton also juried into the prestigious show, which opened October 2nd at Abend Gallery. His work may be seen at http://www.slaytonfineart.com/ Artwork included in the show can be seen in the AIS Show Catalog: http://www.americanimpressionistsociety.org/show2014/s2014art.html
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Community Show Opportunity in West Phoenix 
Daniel Valladee, Recreation Leader with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, is coordinating a community based art show event in the West Valley. The event is titled, “Conversation Pieces II” and will be hosted at Maryvale Community Center on November 15th, 2014 from 1pm to 5pm. From Daniel: "We are welcoming all art vendors from the community to participate in the event. All art mediums are appreciated, ranging from woodwork and photography to paint and graphic designing. In addition, there will be hands-on art workshops for youth, a tablet giveaway, local artists, and local high school artwork displays. There is NO fee for vendors to participate; it is free of charge. However, each participating art vendor is required to possess a city tax license (more information on this can be found HERE). Vendors have the ability to market and sell their products on-site. Currently, only 20 vendors will be accepted for the event and will be accepted on a “first come, first serve” basis.  If you know any artists who would be interested, please forward this information to them.
"We are very excited in getting the event up and going and even more excited in exposing the Maryvale community to the arts. If interested, please feel free to contact me through the information provided below at your earliest convenience to ensure we reserve the space needed."

Thank you,
 Daniel Valladee
Youth Health Educator
MC-SOS: Teen Outreach Program
Maricopa County Department of Public Health
4041 N. Central Ave #700 Phoenix, AZ 85012
danielvalladee@mail.maricopa.gov  
(C): 602.904.2523
(F): 602.506.6683

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Spectacular September Paint-Outs on Schedule!

Happy September APAP Painters!
A very warm Arizona welcome to new member Jan Oxendale of Sun City. Jan comes to us as a former member of Outdoor Painters of Minnesota! Check out her website at http://www.janoxendale.com, and look for her at an upcoming plein air event.

USPS's newest Hudson River School art stamps feature a Grand Canyon classic by Thomas Moran.Get yours by mail here: https://store.usps.com/store/browse/productDetailSingleSku.jsp?productId=S_689504
Courtesy USPS.com
Here are our newest paint-outs from our intrepid Paint-Out Coordinator, Toni Perrin:

 Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 3 - Wheeler’s Property 40218 N. 78th St., Cave Creek
  • Come to the intersection of Cave Creek and Schoolhouse Rd. (stop sign).
  • North on Schoolhouse to Highland (a right turn only).  Watch carefully for the Highland street sign.
  • Right on Highland to the end of the road.  The road becomes gravel, and somehow leads to or turns into 78th Street.  
The driveway will be on the left and has stone markers.  Drive down the slope cautiously and park. 
Courtesy hikingforthecouchpotato.com
Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 10 - Cave Creek: Jewel Of The Creek
  • Come to the town of Cave Creek.  You will be on Cave Creek Rd., the “main drag” which becomes an east to west route.
  • North on either Spur Cross Rd. or Basin Rd. for a very short distance.  Both roads go north from Cave Creek, and turn only one way onto Grapevine.  Either street will get you there.
  • Follow Grapevine a very short distance to Spur Cross Rd.
  • North on Spur Cross until you see a gravel parking lot on the left.  We will meet there. 
This is a limited hiking opportunity.  Plan to strap your art stuff on your back or wheel it down the road. You can walk a much or as little as you choose.  There’s plenty to see, even from the parking lot. 

Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 17 - Cave Creek Grapevine Location
  • In Cave Creek:
  • Go to the intersection of Galloway and Cave Creek Rd. (Stage Coach Village is just west of Galloway)
  • North on Galloway to T intersection
  • At T intersection, turn right.  You will be going east on Grapevine.
  • Follow Grapevine (winding road, uphill) until you see a large brown house  on the left. 
  • Across from the house (on your right) is a large parking area.  Pull in, set up, and paint.
Views: Black Mountain, wash, cacti, etc.
 Courtesy MiningCampRestaurant.com
Saturday, SEPTEMBER 20 - Mining Camp Restaurant - 6100 E Mining Camp St, Apache Junction -Hunter Spoon, host  - http://www.miningcamprestaurant.com/. 
Hunter will be there at 7 a.m., but you're welcome to come when you like.  APAP members received additional information via email regarding an after-event luncheon.

Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 24 - 128th St & Rio Verde (Tom’s Thumb Trail at the McDowell Sonoran·Preserve)
  • East on Dynamite from the intersection of Pima and Dynamite.  (After going east of Alma School Dynamite is called Rio Verde.)
  • East to 128th St.  This is a dirt/gravel road that has some serious ruts but is negotiable by all vehicles.  Most of the ruts are toward the edge of the road and deep, so drive with caution.
  • Follow this road for several miles until you see a T intersection with signs to parking areas.  Turn left (east) and proceed until you can't go any further.  There will be a large flat area good for turning around.
The parking lots are used by joggers and cyclists.  We want to paint in our own space.  However, if you see something you want to paint, go ahead and stop where you wish.
Hang in there and keep painting outside.  Nature is the best teacher.  

Saturday, August 2, 2014

New August Paint-Outs for Earlybirds!

A warm Arizona welcome to new member, Michelle Wolfe of Flagstaff!   Michelle is an artist and teacher.  Learn more about her work here:  http://wolfegallery.org/

Here are our newest paint-outs from our intrepid Paint-Out Coordinator, Toni Perrin:

Saturday, August 30 -- Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
37615 U.S. Highway 60, three miles west of Superior, AZ
Heather Coen is our hostess.  The park opens at 6 a.m. or whenever you choose to arrive.  (Look for Heather's arrival at 10 a.m.)
Heather is having a solo show at the arboretum from August 1 to September 30th.  
Demo Garden - oil, by Heather Coen
Everyone is invited to a reception with sandwiches and refreshments from 11 am to 1 pm on the 30th.
http://ag.arizona.edu/BTA -- 520-698-2811 recorded information
$7.50 adult admission
Leashed pets o.k.; trails & hiking within the park.

Wednesday Paint-Outs for August
Plan on the weather being "warmish".  Early starts help a lot.  Toni Perrin plans to be on site by 6:30 a.m. but you use your own discretion about time.

August 6 -- Jewel of the Creek
·        Come to the town of Cave Creek.  You will be on Cave Creek Rd., the “main drag,” which becomes an east to west route.
·        North on either Spur Cross Rd. or Basin Rd. for a very short distance.  Both roads go north from Cave Creek, and turn only one way onto Grapevine.  Either street will get you there.
·        Follow Grapevine a very short distance to Spur Cross Rd.
·        Continue to the north end of Spur Cross until you see a gravel parking lot on the left.  There is a stable across from the parking area. We will meet there (Toni will be there at 6 am).

This is a limited hiking opportunity.  Plan to strap your art stuff on your back or wheel it down the road. You can walk a much or as little as you choose.  There’s plenty to see, even from the parking lot.

August 13 -- Bartlett Flats at Bartlett Lake
You need a Tonto Day Pass, or an annual permit, to park there.   The Cave Creek Ranger Station (1/2 mi. on the left after turning off toward the lake) sells permits, and is open from 8:40 - 4:30 Monday-Saturday.  Other locations to purchase day passes are Circle K Stations and the Shell Station at the corner of Tom Darlington and Cave Creek roads. 
Allow Travel Time.  The meeting point is approximately 25 miles from the intersection of Tom Darlington and Cave Creek.  Allow plenty of time to get there (half hour?) and don't push the speed limit.  Sheriff Joe's boys will be waiting for you.  Carefree/Cave Creek speed limit starts out at a whopping 25 mph for a four lane divided highway.  The limit gradually escalates to 50.  Once you hit the 50, you should be fine.  It’s about 30 minutes from the turnoff to the site.
Directions:
       From the intersections of Pima and Cave Creek or Tom Darlington and Cave Creek:
       East on Cave Creek to signs indicating Bartlett Lake.
       Turn right at the signs.  Bear to the right and proceed towards the lake.
       Just before coming to Bartlett Lake, turn left at the sign for Rattlesnake Cove
       Continue on this road (4-5 miles?) to Bartlett Flats, a big concrete parking lot.
       A sign will say “Yellow Cliffs” pointing to the left (north).
       Follow the sandy road to the lake.
       Yellow Cliffs are across the lake.  Park it and paint it. 
Brown's Ranch at McDowell Sonoran Preserve
August 20 – Brown’s Ranch Trailhead -- McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Directions:
                   From the intersection of Dynamite and Pima, east on Dynamite to Alma School Rd. (Stoplight)
                   This is about a mile uphill.  Speed is 50 mph with a traffic camera, so mind your manners.
                   North (left) on Alma School about .9 mile to the park entrance.  Watch for raised pedestrian walkways which act as speed bumps.
                   There are ramadas, restrooms, trails and large vistas.
FYI: The name of the main rock formation is “Goldie’s Butte”.

August 27 -- Dave Wheeler’s Property
40218 N. 78th St. Cave Creek, 85331

                   Come to the intersection of Cave Creek and Schoolhouse Rd. (stop sign)
                   North on Schoolhouse to Highland (a right turn only).  Watch carefully for the Highland street sign.
                   Right on Highland to the end of the road.  The road becomes gravel, and somehow leads to or turns into 78th Street.
                   The driveway will be on the left and has stone markers.  Drive down the slope cautiously and park.
Happy Painting!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hot New July Paint-Outs!

A warm Arizona welcome to new members Suzanne Schleck of Livingston, TX (and Sedona in Winter), & Patrick Harper of Prescott!  We hope to see you both at a paint-out very soon.
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Out intrepid Paint-Out Coordinator Toni Perrin says: “Get up early!  Sunrises range from 5:51 to 6:11.  It's cool then.”
Jewel of the Creek courtesy hikingforthecouchpotato.com

July 2 - Jewel of the Creek 
Map: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/spur_cross/pdf/2012/spur-cross-11x17-3d.pdf
Come to the town of Cave Creek.  You will be on Cave Creek Rd., the “main drag,” which becomes an east to west route.
North on either Spur Cross Rd. or Basin Rd. for a very short distance.  Both roads go north from Cave Creek, and turn only one way onto Grapevine.  Either street will get you there.
Follow Grapevine a very short distance to Spur Cross Rd.
Continue to the north end of Spur Cross until you see a gravel parking lot on the left.  There is a stable across from the parking area. We will meet there (Toni will be there at 6 am).

This is a limited hiking opportunity.  Plan to strap your art stuff on your back or wheel it down the road. You can walk a much or as little as you choose.  There’s plenty to see, even from the parking lot.
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July 9 - Bartlett Lake, Patrick’s Spot #1
You need a Tonto Day Pass or an annual permit to park there.   The Cave Creek Ranger Station (1/2 mi. on the left after turning off toward the lake) sells permits, and is open from 8:40 - 4:30 Monday-Saturday.  Other locations to purchase day passes are Circle K stations and the Shell Station at the corner of Tom Darlington and Cave Creek Roads.
**Allow Travel Time.**
The meeting point is approximately 35 miles from the intersection of Tom Darlington and Cave Creek Rd.  Allow plenty of time to get there and don't push the speed limit.  Sheriff Joe's boys will be waiting for you.  Carefree/Cave Creek speed limit starts out at a whopping 25 mph for a four lane divided highway.  The limit gradually escalates to 50.  Once you hit the 50, you should be fine.  It’s about 30 minutes from the turnoff to the site.
From the intersections of Pima and Cave Creek or Tom Darlington and Cave Creek:
East on Cave Creek to signs indicating Bartlett Lake.
Turn right at the signs.  Bear to the right and proceed toward the lake.
At approximately 16.3 mi. there will be a large parking lot on your right.  DO NOT IN TURN THERE.
Turn left toward Rattlesnake Cove and Bartlett Flats. When you see the entry to Rattlesnake Cove, do not turn in.
Keep going north (straight) up the hill.  Almost at the top of the hill there is a wide gravel area that allows for parking.  Watch out for erosion.
This is our meeting point, this wide dirt parking area just above Bartlett Lake.  
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July 16 - Tonto National Forest: Rio Verde and Forest entry
Tonto Day Pass required.  Circle K stores have day passes.
From the intersection of Pima and Dynamite, or Scottsdale & Dynamite:
East on Dynamite.  The name will change to Rio Verde just east of Alma School road.
Follow Rio Verde to the end, a T intersection with Forest Rd.  The entrance to the park is on the left.
Turn left into the entrance and follow the road all the way to the end.  You will see standing boulders and the river.
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Saturday, July 19 - Humphrey's Trail Parking Lot at the Arizona Snowbowl, Flagstaff
Humphrey's Peak Trail courtesy USFS

Diane Scholar, our host for this paint-out, has selected the Humphrey's Trail Parking Lot at the Arizona Snowbowl.  There are long scenic views of mountains, close up views of aspen and spruce and perhaps wildflowers if we get some rain before then.
Humphrey's Peak Trail courtesy US Forest Service
Take I-17 into Flagstaff which becomes Milton.  Watch for Butler Street.
After Butler Street, get into the left lane.
Turn left at Humphreys St. (traffic light here).
Take Humphreys to Fort Valley Road (Rt. 180).
Drive approximately 6+ miles to Snowbowl Rd.
Turn right onto Snowbowl Rd.
As you approach the Snowbowl property take the left turn into the parking lot, Humphrey's Trail.
You can see plenty to paint from the parking lot, but may want to walk a bit.  Explore.  There is tall grass - uneven ground - so wear good closed shoes.
Diane will be there at 8 am.  Look for her silver Honda Pilot.  
Bring snacks and lots of water to drink.  Hat, sunscreen and light jacket are suggested.  This is alpine weather.  Porta Pottys are available....ah, joy!
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July 23 - Dave Wheeler’s Property - 40218 N. 78th St., Cave Creek
Come to the intersection of Cave Creek and Schoolhouse Rd. (stop sign)
North on Schoolhouse to Highland (a right turn only).  Watch carefully for the Highland street sign.
Right on Highland to the end of the road.  The road becomes gravel, and somehow leads to or turns into 78th Street.
The driveway will be on the left and has stone markers.  Drive down the slope cautiously and park.  
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July 30 - Tom Van Dyke’s Ranch in Cave Creek
From the intersection of Cave Creek and Schoolhouse Rd. (stop sign)
North on Schoolhouse Rd. 1 mile to Arroyo
Left (west) on Arroyo
Second ranch driveway on right (has a stone gate).

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Annual Members' Exhibition Award Winners Announced

A warm APAP welcome to returning member and fabulous artist Christine Debrosky (http://christinedebrosky.com)!  Take a look at her wonderful work.  Christine teaches workshops, and you can find out more about them on her website, too.
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Congratulations to our Annual Members' Exhibition winners:

1st Place: E.C. Wynne "Pria River"
2nd Place: Matt Sterbenz "After The Rain"
3rd Place: Kathy Howard "Chapel At Greasewood"
Honorable Mentions (in alpha order):
Martha Goodrich "It's Been Dry"
Kadi Love "On A Cloudy Day"
Marsha Owen "Lake Irwin Summer"
Beth Ray "Shelter of the Santa Ritas"
G. Eric Slayton "Another Abandoned Homestead"
Marla Smith "Granite Mountain Evening"

Bob Dalegowski entertains one of the many visitors to the MAG Gallery reception May 23rd.

Bill Cramer and Kathy Howard pose for a shot with her 3rd Place pastel painting.
Many thanks to our intrepid organizers, Diane Scholar and Gary Binder, who spent many behind-the-scenes hours on this show and our lovely artists' reception at the Mountain Artists' Guild Gallery in Prescott.  The reception was packed, and we were treated like royalty by the gallery staff.  Also, our thanks to Bill Cramer for jurying and judging our contest.  He told us he had a very difficult time choosing, as so much of the submitted artwork was excellent.  Our cash awards and prizes totaled more than $1000 this year, and we're expecting to offer more at next year's show, so please don't miss out.
The show runs through June 18 at Mountain Artists' Guild Gallery, 228 Alarcon St., Prescott AZ.
http://www.mountainartistsguild.org/spotlightroom.html
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Variety and beauty beckons artists​ at Boyce Thompson Arboretum (c) Heather Coen
Heather Coen invites APAP artists to come paint with her in the Hummingbird Garden at Boyce Thompson Arboretum on Tuesday, May 27, from 8 am to 10 am.  According to Heather, "It’s so close and convenient for anyone to get to; even visitors in wheelchairs only have a short distance downhill from the visitor center. It's also shadier and cooler there.  I'll bring a few samples of scenes I've painted from my most recent two visits, and other artists are invited to join me."

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Delicious! APAP Painters enjoy a full plate of Paint-Outs & Classes!

We have a new paint out scheduled for Friday, May 9th with Heather Coen at Boyce Thompson Arboretum (see details below).  I'm pleased to report that members’ paintings have been juried, and acceptance letters for our May/June show at Mountain Artists’ Guild Gallery will be sent out soon, so keep your fingers crossed.  Also, Bill Cramer’s June 20-21 Plein Air Workshop is full, but if you’re still interested, please email us arizonapleinairpainters (at) gmail.com to be added to the wait list in case of cancellations.

Gateway Trailhead courtesy McDowellSonoran.org

Wednesday, April 9: Gateway Trailhead, McDowell Sonoran Preserve
18333 E. Thompson Peak Parkway.
From the west or the south:
The Gateway Trailhead is located at 18333 E. Thompson Peak Parkway, one half mile north of Bell Road.  Come to the intersection of Bell and Thompson Peak Pkwy.  Go north on Thompson Peak Pkwy.  The park is on the east side of Thompson Peak Pkwy.
Coming from the north:
Come to the intersection of Legacy and Pima.  Go east on Legacy to Thompson Peak Pkwy.  South (right) on Thompson Peak Pkwy. to the site.
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Bulldog Canyon courtesy Wunderland.com

Wednesday, April 16:  Bulldog Canyon Gate A
Route A. From Fountain Hills:

  • From the intersection of Shea Blvd and SR 87 go North.  This is a left turn if you are going east on Shea Blvd.
  • Follow SR 87 about 8 miles to Bush Hwy. 
  • Turn right (east) on Bush Hwy.,  (overpass exit) and proceed past the Marina and the cliffs (Water Usage Area).
  • Just past the bridge, on the left side, is a parking area, a gate, and a large sign.  This is the entrance to Bulldog.

Route B.  From the south or the west:

  • Take Loop 202 east to Power Road.
  • From the intersection of L202 and Power Road, turn left (north).
  • Power Road becomes Bush Highway.  Follow this to the entrance, a gravel parking area on the right.  If you go over the bridge, you went too far. 

You need Bulldog permits for each car if you plan to drive in.  You should get them anyway.  This is a free 6 month permit with gate codes.  Permits for Bulldog are available from the ranger station at 5140 E. Ingram St., Mesa AZ. 480-610-3300.  Walkers and passengers do not need Bulldog permits, but drivers must have them.  All persons entering should have a Tonto pass.
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Lost Dutchman State Park (c) Sandy Farley

Saturday, April 19 Lost Dutchman State Park (Cholla Day Use Ramada is reserved 7:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m.)  
6109 N Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ
You will need to buy a $9.00 day pass, or an annual State Park pass, purchased at the gate. These cover 4 adults to a vehicle.
Camping is available at this location.
http://azstateparks.com/Parks/LODU/index.html  (480) 982-4485
Sandy Farley, host
DIRECTIONS:
·        Loop 101 to US 60.
·        US 60 east to Idaho Rd exit
·        North (left) to SR 88 (past Apache Trail and before University Drive)
·        Right (north) on SR 88 to Lost Dutchman State Park (about 5 miles.)
·        The entrance is on the right (east).
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Friday, May 9 -- Boyce Thompson Arboretum – 8 am
37615 U.S. Highway 60 Superior, AZ 85173
Free admission for May 9th, National Public Gardens Day
http://www.pr.state.az.us/Parks/BOTH/index.html  (520) 689-2723

Heather Coen at Boyce Thompson Arboretum
DIRECTIONS:
·        From Phoenix: East on US 60 toward Superior.  Turn right at milepost #223.
·        From Tucson: Take Oracle Road north, turn left at SR 79 and continue through and past Florence to US 60, then turn right and continue 12 miles east.
Friday, May 9 -- 8:00 am to Noon (official) and you are free to stay all afternoon.
Heather will give a talk entitled “Plein Air, Plein Talk” at 8:00 am in the Eucalyptus Garden with the rest of the morning for plein air painting. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is celebrating National Public Gardens Day
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UPCOMING CLASSES WITH APAP ARTISTS

Julie Gilbert Pollard will be teaching a class at Scottsdale Artists’ School on Thursday, April 17, 2014 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuition - $90.00
Skill Level - All levels
Medium – Watercolor/Water-Media
Watercolor on Canvas and Other Non-Traditional Supports (One Day)
Watercolor on canvas – new to you? Explore techniques to conquer this challenging watercolor support that allows framing without glass or mat. Painting methods – some traditional, some not so much – will be presented, which lend themselves to multi-media canvas, clay board, etc., or paper – your choice! Landscape scenes will be used for the demo paintings and a photo will be provided for your use, but you are always welcome to paint from your own reference material whenever you wish. There will be demos, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all!
Register on the SAS website, http://scottsdaleartschool.org/.
Impatiens by the Creek   
Watercolor on canvas coated with Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground
Julie Gilbert Pollard
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John Yerden & Mark Christopher are teaching a one-day workshop on Sunday, April 27th.  Please contact John for more information:yerdenart(at)johnyerden.com.
Click on image to enlarge
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Cyndi Thau will teach a Glazing Crash Course at the Sedona Arts Center
April 28, May 1, 5 & 8, 2014 5:30 - 8:30 pm (Evening class)
$120 for non-members of the Sedona Arts Center / $108 for Members of the Sedona Arts Center

Cocktail
Cyndi Thau
Color, Light, Shadow and Translucency -  These are the ingredients that we will work with to create a beautiful painting for you to take home. Our subject will be flowers and using the glazing technique we will apply thin layer upon layer of oil paint to achieve the depth and translucency associated with all things in nature.  Students will be taught how to choose a composition, transfer it to the canvas and then begin the process of laying in color.
Go to www.sedonaartscenter.org. Click on Weekly Classes   Scroll down for class information and to register.