Sunday, February 21, 2010

Betty Carr - Sedona show judge

  This week is the start of the APAP Winter show- "Small Gems".   Coming up is the APAP Spring Show in Sedona, AZ.  We are pleased to announce that Betty Carr will be our judge for awards at that show at the Sedona Art Center. The prospectus is on our website  
Feb. 22nd   SunDust Gallery, Mesa show drop off
Feb. 27th    Morning Paint-out and Reception at 2:00pm- 4:00pm
March 9th   SunDust pick up work- contact person: Cindy Carrillo at
March 10th Deadline of Sedona show entry to be RECEIVED by APAP
March 15    Acceptance letters go out for Sedona Show
April 8-14th Drop off art work at Sedona Show at the Sedona Art Center
April 9th     Reception for the Sedona Show
                              More snow coming up north, let's get out and paint!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

"Small Gems" SunDust Gallery

This week is the start of the APAP "Small Gems" show at the SunDust Gallery in downtown Mesa.  You can drop off your paintings anytime from 10:00am to 1:30pm on Monday, Feb. 22.  The gallery is at 48 W. Main St. in Mesa. If you get turned around give me a call at 602-686--7939.  Be sure to have all the contact info on the back of your piece, and to have it well wrapped up to protect the frame. Weather being good all painters can gather around the Farmers Market or anywhere in the downtown area on Saturday morning, Feb. 27th.  Afterwards meet up at the gallery for the artists reception at 2:00- 4:00pm.  There is street side parking and also parking behind the gallery. There are several cafes and bistros near the gallery along with book stores and antique stores.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Paint-out Hart Prairie

Mark you calendars for APAP's annual Paint-out at Hart Prairie.  October 11, 12th, 2010    Check this website for driving directions- the fall color should be wonderful.   Hart Prairie is 14 miles from Flagstaff, for lodging  The cabins at HP will not be available this year.  

Monday, February 15, 2010

Plein Air Moab- October

Here is a new event in Moab, Utah. Take a look at the website- beautiful country.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Nature Conservancy Hart Prairie paint-out

Mark the dates on your calendar, October 11 and 12th for a great autumn paint-out a the Hart Prairie Preserve in Flagstaff, AZ.

Check the website noted for details on the Preserve and location. Note, cabins will not be available, so overnight arrangements will need to be made in Flagstaff. However, the lodge will be open with refreshments and the fireplace will be stoked.

Let's hope the Aspens are in the midst of their beautiful fall color.

Sedona APAP Annual Show- getting your updates?

APAP Members: Please check your spam file once in a while to see if your APAP Update email ended up there. If you have not received an email from us lately be sure to send an email to to confirm your correct email address.  The Prospectus for the Annual Members Show in Sedona is now on the website and also was sent out to all members. All paid up members are eligible to enter.  Mark your calendars for the "Small Gems" show in downtown Mesa starting Feb. 23rd.  All members are welcome to some set up anywhere around the Farmers Market on Saturday, Feb. 27th, have lunch at one of the many great little cafes on Main St., then gather with your fellow members for a reception at the SunDust Gallery at 2:00pm.  If you would be willing to be a meet & greet person at this paint-out please let Cindy Carrillo know. This is an informal, everyone welcome paint-out.
SunDust Gallery 48 W. Main St.  Mesa, AZ   

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Annual Members Show in Sedona

The prospectus for the Annual Members Show in Sedona is now on the website. This show has been very well attended and is held at a very busy time in Sedona.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Letter from Cody DeLong- APAP Vice President

I was thinking recently about the times we live in. Last week I went on a night hike with a friend. Why a night hike in a blizzard you ask? Because I got a new jacket for Christmas and my buddy had a new headlamp, and they needed to be tested out, of course. The dogs loved the idea, although for some strange reason our wives elected to stay at home. And FYI -- no headlamp shines very far when the snow is falling hard and heavy. We got lost for awhile and our two-hour hike turned into three. Luckily, my new coat performed better than the headlamp.

Modern technology is truly amazing, and so are these times. Even though there are a lot of bad things happening today – proliferation of scary weapons, disease, poverty, political corruption / ineptitude – there is also much to love.

I love digital music storage, and my digital camera is just awesome. Digital printing - so great, email (good or bad, it’s up to you), websites, social networking, modern vehicles and, if you have insurance, modern medicine. Not to mention today’s superior art supplies delivered right to your door.

Excellent training is at one’s fingertips online or in workshops all over the world. Globalization of markets and the opportunities to express your creativity have multiplied, and this is mostly good. True, it’s a faster-paced world, and people are stressed by a multitude of things these days. Still, we have freedoms, conveniences and opportunities that our grandparents never even dreamed of.

Winter seems to be a time of extremes, no frostbite intended. I’ve had a lot of visitors in my studio this month despite the weather, collectors and artists alike. The collectors have been mostly upbeat, but with the artists it’s been a real mix. Some have been very excited about their latest project or class, while others have been quite down, complaining about the economy and their lack of sales, etc.

It’s true that in these times there are many more of us creating than collecting. However, most of the artists I’ve heard complaining are not the struggling artists who actually eat or starve by their art. Ironically the “complain-air” painters are generally the ones who don’t need to sell every day: people who are already financially stable. The most unhappy artists are those who judge their worth and success only in terms of sales. They are missing the point – art is for the soul, not the wallet.

Your quality of life is not entirely determined by the size of your bank account. Sure, we all need enough to live on, but remember, you can’t take that Mercedes with you. You can, however, leave behind some inspired art if you have a true love of it and your motives are genuine. There’s nothing wrong with being motivated by sales. It’s great validation. Just make sure it’s not your only motivation.

As for the times, if you want to increase your sales, you have to build your name and your skills. Both are long-term propositions and as a member of APAP, you have some wonderful opportunities at your disposal – shows, paint-outs, classes, camaraderie and so on.

Sometimes when you participate in a show or event, just like when you invest in advertising, you don’t always experience immediate results. There may not be instant gratification. But you do get exposure and hopefully some feedback. People see your work, they may be looking at your website or dropping your name at the dinner table. They may be planning to buy something as soon as the economy improves just a little more.

Take advantage of your membership. Get involved, participate, encourage a fellow artist, and keep painting strong – as though your work is in great demand – because it is, or should be, in your own heart.

Brush the ice from your eyelashes and realize the opportunities of our times.

Cody DeLong
(The snow scene of Sedona hills was taken from Codys driveway .)