Sunday, December 18, 2011

Plans for Spring & Summer 2012

Best of Show Award for 2011 Glendale Plein Air Competition was won by R Bedard

Glendale’s 2012 Plein Air Competition at Glendale Chocolate Affaire:The City of Glendale’s Public Art Program in conjunction with Special Events, will sponsor the 2012 Plein Air Painting Event at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire. It will be held during the popular festival in downtown Glendale, on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. We invite artists to participate. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Here's something made to order for APAP members and collectors to start out your plans for next summer!!
APAP Paint-Out & Show at The Arboretum at Flagstaff:
Paint-Out June 30- July 1 / Show July 2, 2012 @ 1 p.m.- August 2, 2012 @ 10 a.m.
More information about The Arboretum at Flagstaff is here:
We'll be posting additional information about this event in upcoming months, including direct emails to members.  Contact Dawn Sutherland for further details: artbydawn (at)

Congratulations to Arizona Plein Air Painters whose work was selected to be included in our Southwest Art advertisement for the 2012 Members Juried Show in March/April:  Robert Dalegowski, David Haskell, Jeff Love, and Jerry Pond. As Best of Show winner for APAP’s 2011 Member Show in Sedona, Scott Brems’ painting, “Lookout Over Chiricahua” will be featured in the ad as well. The ad will appear in the April issue of Southwest Art, due out in mid-March.

If you’re still interested in advertising in Southwest Art for that issue, the page immediately following the APAP Ad will showcase Arizona artists, with preference given to APAP artists. This is an excellent advertising opportunity! Details will be sent to members in good standing via email, so make sure Barbara Donahue (donahueart (at) has your latest email address and dues payment. Membership information, and a downloadable Membership Form is available on our website at: .

However you celebrate holidays this time of year, Arizona Plein Air Painters wishes you a colorful and happy time, and plenty more to come in 2012!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

2nd Annual Green Fields Plein Air Event in Tucson

An artist at the First Green Fields Country Day School Plein Air Event takes advantage of lovely foliage on the school's campus as his subject.   Event planners promise expanded opportunities next year, including models available on site.
Photo by A Araiza / Credit AZ Daily Star

Green Fields Country Day School in Tucson will host its Second Annual Plein Air Event the week of February 7 – 11, 2012 at 6000 N. Camino de la Tierra.  Artists are welcome to paint on one or all of these days, and subjects include architecture, gardens, onsite models, and a chicken coop, among others.
The paint out will end with the awarding of 1st , 2nd, and 3rd prizes. An exhibit of the paintings will be held on Saturday, February 11.  Contact: Susan Alexander at or call 520-270-6351 for more information.  Please download and print the prospectus to apply for entry:

APAP Members: it's time to renew your membership dues for 2012!  Visit the Arizona Plein Air Painters website for information on joining and renewing your membership.  If you're interested in joining us, please download the APAP Membership Application: ., complete it and follow directions to join.  Looking forward to meeting you!

Don't forget to LIKE us on Facebook:

Thanks to contributor Cindy Carrillo!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Plenty to be Thankful For

APAP artist Geri Acosta's work is featured in a group show in the Tucson International Airport's Lower Link Gallery through December 11, 2011.  Geri recently returned from a plein air painting excursion along the California coast.  Learn more about Geri's work at: 

SAVE THE DATES: March 29 – April 11, 2012 are the dates of Arizona Plein Air Painters Members Juried Show in Sedona. The reception will be March 30th. More details will be announced later. This show will feature Arizona-only scenes to commemorate the Arizona State Centennial Celebration.


APAP President David Haskell has guided the club in its infancy, and during the most difficult financial climate most artists can remember. Next year, he will step down as President, but remain as a Founding Member on the Board of Directors to help guide new officers. Cody DeLong, our Vice-President, has chosen to leave the Board to pursue personal career goals, but will continue to assist with future shows. I’d just like to say,
“Thank You, Dave & Cody!”
to two truly dedicated and enthusiastic gentlemen to whom many of us owe a huge debt of gratitude. We hope we justify the legacy you have created, and carry on in the spirit of the original founders.

The 2012 APAP Board of Directors members have been selected, and here they are:

Sandy Farley President & Webmaster

Becky Joy Vice President & Shows Coordinator

Barbara Donahue Treasurer

Mary Lois Brown Secretary

Rita Goldner & Jeff Dolan – Publicity / Marketing

David Haskell President Emeritus & Advisor

Please take a moment and read David’s inspiring message on our website on the Current News page:

APAP artist Karen McLain often paints Arizona's wild horses from life.
Also new on the APAP website is our newest member to be showcased: Karen McLain. Karen turns her lifelong affection for horses into tributes in oil, evoking the love and personality of the animals she holds dear. Look for the Member Showcase page on the website.

If you’re on Facebook, please check out the brand-spankin’-new Arizona Plein Air Painters page. Members are welcome to post news about successes and upcoming shows, and photos of their latest work. Click Here to visit us on Facebook.

Would you like to be APAP’s next Showcase Member?

APAP’s new feature spotlights a member and his or her life, philosophies, and work so we can get to know each other better. All members in good standing may enter to be featured in APAP’s Member Showcase by sending a photo, bio, and .jpg of artwork as attachments in an email to: farleystudios(at) Please put APAP Showcase in the email’s subject line.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thanks for the Opportunity

Heartfelt thanks to all those who are on active duty and have served our country so that we can study art, draw and paint, travel about and record the living world, and appreciate the artwork of others in safety and freedom.

Rita Goldner nabbed second place in the Arizona State Fair’s Mural Contest. The theme was Arizona’s State Centennial 1912-2012. Congratulations!

Sandi Ciaramitaro, organizer of last month’s fun Oil Painters of America Paint-Out invites everyone to the Winter Holiday Plein Air Art Exhibition at The Artist's Studio at The Farm in Phoenix, December 10-11, 2011, 9 am to 3 pm each day.

Artists who participated during the October event will be exhibiting and selling artwork created during the earlier paint-out. Arizona Plein Air Painters were well-represented at that event, so here’s an opportunity to see and purchase fresh works from APAP’s fine artists.

For more information email Sandi Ciaramitaro: Tropical02(at)

Anyone who spots Arizona Centennial-related artist opportunities, please email me with details asap so we can post them here. Also, we need volunteers to host future paint-outs. This is an easy task – pick your favorite spot, let me know when you’d like to do it and who’s invited, and we’ll do the advertising for you.

Check back often to see information on upcoming events – the APAP Board of Directors is meeting November 12, and we’ll have news soon about new board members and dates for the 2012 Arizona Plein Air Painters Members’ Show in Sedona.

News, events, invitations, and photos for this blog may be sent to Sandy Farley - farleystudios(at)
Happy Veterans Day!

Friday, November 4, 2011

It's a Superior time to paint!

Downtown Superior Arizona
 And we mean that literally.  Despite the gloom and doom weather forecasts for this weekend, the conditions in Superior AZ Saturday are predicted to be sunny and crisp.  Put on an extra layer or two and bring your gear!  We'll be meeting at the Los Hermanos Restaurant at 10 am, and painting on Main Street (or wherever your artist's heart takes you) until 1 pm, when we'll break for lunch at Porter's Cafe'.  Everything you need to know is here:
For more information, please contact organizer Linda Davison Mathues at 516-503-0454.
After the paint-out luncheon, you're invited to an artist's reception at Boyce Thompson Arboretum from 2 to 4 pm for local artist Bud Heiss. There's a Get-In-Free invitation you can print out on the linked document (above). See you there!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

October Awash With Art Activities!

APAP member Karen McLain made good use of beautiful weather and a lovely venue at OPA's Paint Out at The Farm at South Mountain on October 22nd.
APAP artists were well-represented at the Oil Painters of America Paint Out, Oct 22 at The Farm at South Mountain. The next Arizona Plein Air Painters club Paint Out is scheduled for November 5, in Superior AZ. Please visit our website for details: on the “Upcoming Shows, Paint-Outs & Events” page.


APAP artist Merry Beth Page’s painting “Garden Sunshine” has been juried into the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Show, on exhibit through October 28 at the Dunnegan Gallery in Bolivar MO. She also has work currently at Mountain Oasis Restaurant in Flagstaff through Nov 22, and another show in Green Valley next March. Congratulations!


The Sedona Plein Air Festival continues through October 29 and you can see APAP members Betty Carr, Linda Dellandre, Cody DeLong, Michael Chesley Johnson, Becky Joy, Raleigh Kinney, and Susan Pitcairn among the 32 invited artists painting and selling their works this week.

More details available online at:


APAP artist Kathryn Willis has just been added to Joan Cawley Gallery’s list of represented fine artists, and her work may now be seen and purchased there. Visit online for contact information:


Arizona Plein Air Painters oh-so-fashionable logo gear is available now through its new Zazzle Store: . If you forget the address, find a link on the APAP website at: , under “Arizona Plein Air Painters Store”.

It's October in Arizona!  Go outside and paint! 
Yep, that's me,  Sandy Farley, blocking in a panel on Saturday at The Farm.

If you’re an APAP member with news to share, or an event organizer whose plein air painting event is open to all, please send news to Sandy Farley at farleystudios (at)


Everybody likes free publicity, right? The APAP website showcases a member’s bio and work each month on its website: . If you’d like to be considered for Member of the Month, send your bio & photos of your artwork to Sandy at farleystudios (at) M.O.T.M.s are chosen randomly from entries, and your entry carries over to future months’ drawings until selected.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Eye Candy & Cotton Candy!

A Superstitious View
20"x24" oil on panel by Scott Brems
Arizona Plein Air Painters member Scott Brems’ 2-person show with Timothy Rees opens October 13 at The Paul Scott Gallery at 7173 East Main Street in Scottsdale AZ. For more information, visit: .
Arizona State Fair
ARIZONA STATE FAIR - Multiple Events Oct 14 - Nov 6, 2011
Sandy Zally, Superintendent at the Fine Art Department at the Arizona State Fair says it's not too late to enter for this year's contests or demos if you are interested. They’ve extended the deadline for applying to the mural contest to October 14. You can find all ASF art event forms on the APAP website on the APAP Upcoming Shows, Paint-Outs and Events Page http://arizonapleinairpainters. Contact Ms. Zally for more information at .
Have good news on APAP artists' accomplishments, or news about upcoming events? Would you like to be featured as APAP's Member of the Month on the club's website?  Please send event info, or your bio & photos of yourself and your work to Sandy Farley at farleystudios (at)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Plein Air Gear and Guidance!

Arizona Plein Air Painters oh-so-fashionable logo gear is available now through its new Zazzle Store: . If you forget the address, find a link on the APAP website at: , under “Arizona Plein Air Painters Store”.

Arizona artist Linda Glover Gooch will teach “Plein Air Boot Camp” at Scottsdale Artists’ School Oct. 19-21, 2011. This is an indoor class designed to prepare students for plein air painting. This class will cover the desired equipment needed for outdoor painting and prepare them to attend future outdoor plein air classes. Students are encouraged to bring outdoor equipment if owned, or this class will aid them in knowing what to purchase. How to pack equipment efficiently with the bare minimum of supplies will be covered.
Students will paint studies from photos, helping the student understand how to simplify what they see and create a study from the scene. Demonstrations will be done daily. Photos will be supplied by the instructor. This class is a must for anyone wanting to start or improve on plein air painting.

To register or learn more about the class and Scottsdale Artist visit:
CALL FOR ENTRIES: Landscape artists are invited to submit works for a new competition, "America's Parks Through The Beauty Of Art" that will feature a national traveling exhibition beginning in 2013.

Jurors include organizer David J. Wagner, Plein Air Magazine Editor Stephen Doherty, Director of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute Susan Fisher, and Wildlife Art Journal Editor Todd Wilkinson.

For more information, visit the competition’s Facebook Page: .
Have good news on APAP artists' accomplishments, or news about upcoming events?  Please send them to Sandy Farley at farleystudios (at)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Art Season Heating Up as Weather Cools

Picketpost Mountain - photo courtesy of Lil Leclerc

Casual Paint-out for APAP, but all are invited!

Sat. Nov. 5th, 2011 -- morning to early afternoon
Hwy 60 East -- Superior, Arizona
Painting old town Superior, Apache Leap, Picket Post Mountain and surrounding areas.
Meeting for late lunch at Porters Cafe in downtown Superior
Hostess is Linda Davison Mathues – call for more info (516) 503-0454. 

The town is nestled under Apache Leap, in the Tonto National Forest, 60 miles east of Mesa Arizona. From Tempe, it is about a 50 minute trip east on Hwy. 60. So much to paint: old adobes, old tin roofs, striking mountains and lush desert washes. The town is 3 miles east of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. There are wonderful mountain & street views with adobe brick buildings, good early morning light on Picketpost Mountain, and really dramatic afternoon light on Apache Leap.
Plein Air Moab 2011 is right around the corner, Oct. 7-15, 2011. The festival will be based from the Moab Arts & Recreation Center, with registration and check in, artwork sales, the Main Competition Art Auction, and the awards reception. Also, this year they’re hosting 3 quick draws. One will be held at Back of Beyond Bookstore, another on Main Street, and another at Red Cliffs Lodge and Winery. For details about any of these events, please see the website or give them a call at 435-259-6272.
APAP member Betty Carr will be teaching a workshop at the 7th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival, October 21-29, 2011. Other APAP artists who will be demonstrating their talents during the invitational festival include: Cody DeLong, Linda Dellandre, Michael Chesley Johnson, Becky Joy, Raleigh Kinney, and Susan Pitcairn. For more information and event schedules, see their website: .
If you’re an APAP member with news to share, or an event organizer whose plein air painting event is open to all, please send news to Sandy Farley at farleystudios (at) or Cindy Carrillo at cindylcarrillo (at)
Everybody likes free publicity, right? The APAP website showcases a member’s bio and work each month on its website: . If you’d like to be considered for Member of the Month, send your bio & photos of your artwork to Sandy at farleystudios (at) M.O.T.M.s are chosen randomly from entries, and your entry carries over to future months’ drawings until selected.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Members Head North!

The Grand Canyon Celebration of the Art, which runs from Sept. 10 through November 27, 2011, features the plein air talents of several Arizona Plein Air Painters, including President David Haskell, Vice President Cody DeLong, and members Gregory Hull, Raleigh Kinney, Robert Dalegowski, and Michael Chesley Johnson.  The weather is finally beginning to cool, and what better reason do you need to take a road trip than a fantastic event like this?
"Thirty artists arrive and begin painting on Saturday, Sept 10, finishing up with a Quick Draw Event & Auction and Buyers' Preview and Awards Reception on Friday, Sept 16," says Michael Chesley Johnson.  "See and purchase the artwork on display through Nov 27.  Proceeds go towards our goal of creating a permanent art venue on the South Rim."

For APAP Members only:  If you're planning to go to the first-ever Plein Air Convention & Expo in Las Vegas next Spring, save $100 by using the code AZPAP when you register.  Thanks to organizers Steven Doherty and the staff of Plein Air Magazine for the discount.  Learn more about the event by visiting:

APAP's September Member of the Month Ann Osgood, plein air painting in Pinetop, Arizona.

Meet Arizona Plein Air Painter's Member of the Month Ann Osgood by visiting our website: and clicking on the link on the lefthand side of the page.

Have good news or event information you'd like to share with APAP members and collectors?  Send your info to Sandy Farley at farleystudios(at) or Cindy Carrillo at cindylcarrillo(at)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Plains Perfected

"Magic Moment" by Marla Smith, at the The 27th American Plains Artists Annual Juried Exhibit & Sale
Arizona Plein Air Painter Marla Smith has two juried entries in the American Plains Artists in Las Cruces, NM.  The show's reception is Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6-8 pm at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.  Learn more about the show by clicking HERE.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Busy, Busy!

APAP Artist Geri Acosta is working on her new book.
APAP member Geri Acosta tells us she "will be spending the whole month of September up and down the California coast near Cambria plein-air painting for inclusion into a future new book titled `The painting adventures of a stuggling artist'."
Cody DeLong's new book and calendar available!
Cody DeLong has published a tome of his wonderful landscapes, in softcover and hardcover, and a 2012 calendar featuring his work.  You can find purchase information by visiting his website at:
Sonoran Summer's Sizzle features work by some of APAP's members
You'll find the work of several Arizona Plein Air Painters in the September Sonoran Summer's Sizzle show at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum on the US60 near Superior AZ.  Cindy Carrillo, Sandy Farley, and others will have works displayed for sale throughout the month of September.  If you'd like to attend the reception, simply print the invitation and bring it for free admission on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Have good news you'd like to share with readers of this blog?  APAP members are encouraged to send info and photos to Sandy Farley at farleystudios(at) or Cindy Carrillo at cindylcarrillo(at)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Just Plein Fun!

CLICK Here to learn more details about this event!

Even if you don't paint in oils, you should sign up for this free paint-out with Oil Painters of America on October 22 in South Phoenix!  All mediums are welcomed, and you can bring a friend, too!  Don't forget to RSVP to Sandi Ciaramitaro as soon as possible.  Everything you need to know is on the flyer, and on the sites mentioned.

We're always looking for good news about plein air painters in Arizona to share.  Do you have a show, or special event coming soon?  Contact Cindy Carrillo at cindylcarrillo(at), or Sandy Farley at farleystudios(at) with all the details.

Look for a new Member of the Month in September on the APAP website.  If you'd like to be showcased on our site, please send your bio & artist's statement, or other information you'd like to share with potential buyers and club members, attach a photo of yourself and your work, and send them to Sandy Farley at farleystudios(at)  M.O.M.s are selected at random each month, and your information stays active until you're selected, so you only have to enter once!  What a great deal!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Boyce Thompson Arboretum Paint-Out & An Invitation

One painter found a shady spot -- always welcomed in Arizona!

Boyce Thompson Arboretum Paint-Out coordinator Cindy Carrillo says, "Thanks to all of you who braved the heat to come out and paint at the Arboretum August 14th.  I hope you all enjoyed yourselves; the Arboretum is really special to me, and I really like getting people to come and check it out.

"If you have a chance, come back up and pick a different location: the old mansion sitting off the cliff, the ancient greenhouse/Smith house made of stone, the wash after a heavy downpour- so many lovely, unusual spots.  If you do, please send me a picture of you painting there as Paul Wolterbeek and I are collecting images to use on the BTA website to encourage painters from all over the nation to come visit." 
You can contact Cindy directly at: cindy(at)

If you look closely, you'll see a gila monster hiding in the shady brambles.
Photos taken at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum by Cindy Carrillo

If you didn't make it to the paint-out, we'll be posting a slideshow of photos on the Arizona Plein Air Painters website soon (  If you'd like to help with fund-raising efforts at BTA, how about a membership (with free admission year-'round any time the plein-air-painting mood strikes you!)?  Download the membership form here: .

Looking for something fun to do on the cheap?  Visit the  Mexican Modernism from the Blaisten Collection at the Phoenix Art Museum free of charge every Wednesday until September 25.  The exhibition includes paintings created by many of Mexico's leading artists working between 1910 and 1950.  This event is sponsored by Salt River Project.  For more information on the Phoenix Art Museum, visit
Send plein-air news and APAP members' accomplishments or upcoming event information to Sandy Farley at farleystudios(at)  We love to showcase APAP members!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sedona Paint-Out October 19

Sedona Paint-Out

Wednesday, October 19, 2011  9 am - afternoon
At Sue & Howard Davis’s Home in Sedona


Take Highway 89A, West Sedona, turn north on Dry Creek Rd. and continue over Dry Creek to “T” in the road (about 3 miles); turn left at the “T” about 2 miles on Boynton Pass Drive towards Enchantment Resort.

At the next “T”, turn left over Boynton Pass Road, 3 miles.

When you come to the end of the paved road, follow on .8 miles on the gravel dirt road until you come to a straight part of the road. Turn north (on your right) going west. Look for a large sign on the gate type area that says “Bear Mountain Road, Private Road, Dead End”. Look for a yellow plate on the post there with “DAVIS” and an arrow. Go north about a block until the road turns west. Follow the yellow-plate Davis signs .4 mile west, then turn south on road and west again to gate. You’ll see a large 575 Sign by the gate and a German Shorthaired Pointer sign on gate; on other side of gate is a large red rock with “Davis” on it.
Enter through the gate and be sure to close the gate behind you after you enter. Address is 575 Bear Mountain Rd.

Please note: On most GPS maps, the road goes right to Bear Mountain Rd., then quits after it turns north, so just follow the yellow signs about .6 mile to our gate. We will be open to the group from about 9 a.m. until people go home in afternoon. We’ll have available restrooms inside, drinks, etc. Some food available, but bring your own sack lunch and all art materials for plein air painting on the grounds. Views of the Red Rock Mountains from our yard are almost 360 degrees.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

RSVP if you plan to attend to: hdssdavis(at) &/or (928) 300-2352.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Follow the fun!

"Follow the Canyon"
9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

If you keep your eyes open, you can find plenty to do this summer.  I'm going to give you a couple good ideas to plan for.  But first, hearty congratulations to Arizona Plein Air Painters Cindy Carrillo, Michael Chesley Johnson, and Becky Joy for having artwork juried into the prestigious American Impressionist Society's 12th Annual National Juried Exhibition:​html

"Follow the Canyon (above) was painted as a studio knife demonstration for a workshop I taught in Ohio," says Michael Chesley Johnson.  "It's painted on untempered hardboard that had been sized with Gamblin PVA followed by one coat of Golden Acrylic Matte Medium.  This transparent coat allows the warm, mid-value tone of the hardboard to show through, making for an exciting color harmony.  The scene is a location in Zion National Park's Kolob Canyon region; I took a series of photographs of this particular spot because it had some lovely snow, even in late April."
APAP Members will want to save August 14, from 7:30 am to 10:30 am, for a very special paint-out to be held at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum on SR60 in Central Arizona:  As many of you know, Arizona State Parks have been struggling to stay open, and BTA especially so after a recent fire damaged part of the area.  Paint Out Day is an effort to draw more visitors to the park and hopefully generate some income to help with repairs.  Cindy Carrillo tells me there will be no contest or prizes, but she hopes all artists will come and help support the Arboretum with their artwork, and with their wallets if they can.  If you arrive a little early, it shouldn't be a problem.  Bring a friend!!
Check the APAP Website paint outs and events page on Friday afternoon for more workshops and information about upcoming events.  As always, if you have good news or a paint-out to publicize, please write to me, Sandy Farley, at farleystudios (at)  We love to see photos of your work, too, so please send them along as attachments!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

"Sunshine" Shines at "Best of America Show"

"Garden Sunshine" by Beth Page, 12" x 16" oil

Congratulations to Arizona Plein Air Painter Beth Page, whose work "Garden Sunshine" was juried into the National Oil and Acrylics Painters Society's "Best of America 2011" show. The NOAPS show is hanging at the Dunnegan Gallery of Art in Boliver, MO, and runs from September 11 through October 28, 2011.
To learn more about Beth's work, visit her website at .

Do you have an event or honor you'd like to share on the APAP blog?  Send information and photos to Sandy Farley at farleystudios (at)

The APAP Board of Directors is accepting bios & photos for our Member of the Month page on the APAP website.  Update your bio and send it, with a photo of yourself, and any work you'd like showcased, to farleystudios (at)  You may be selected for an upcoming "Member of the Month" spotlight!  Entries are selected at random from submitted bios, and all those not yet selected are added back into the hat for future months' drawings.  What a nice way to introduce yourself to members you haven't yet met, and to prospective buyers!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Paint the Aspens & Treasures of the Forest

White Mountain Nature Center's Susan Taggert releases a rehabilitated owl.

Arizona Artist Gwen Meyer wrote to let us know that Paint the Aspens -- always a popular paint-out event for APAP members -- will not be held this year.  In its place, Gwen suggests a trip to the White Mountains for the August 27th "Treasures of the Forest".  Vendors are encouraged to apply for a reasonably-priced booth, and if you like to do live painting demonstrations, all the better!  Here's the LINK .
To learn more about the White Mountain Nature Center, visit: .

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Happy July!

Hope you all made it through the 4th of July celebrations no worse for wear.  The monsoons are here and most sane folks in the hotter parts of Arizona have gone north or are staying indoors during the daylight hours.  If you're doing something interesting this summer, tell us about it!

Rita Goldner, APAP Publicity Co-Chair
A lot of folks in Arizona know Rita Goldner already.  She's one of the busiest women I've ever met, and we're lucky to have her on our Board of Directors as the Publicity Co-Chair, along with Jeff Dolan.
Get to know Rita on our website's Member of the Month page: .

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summertime Fun

"Prairie Storm at Sunset" by Marla Smith, available at the American Plains Show in Las Cruces, NM, Sep 9 - Oct 30, 2011.
I know a lot of Arizona Plein Air Painters members have run off to cooler climes to paint, but a few of us are still here toughing it out (and dreading the 117-degree heat forecast for this coming Saturday).  Despite the minor amount of whining we do, most of us still find ways to enjoy painting in Arizona year-'round.  Here's a perfect example:

Dawn Sutherland invited members to join her in Flagstaff at the end of June for a lovely paint-out opportunity at the Flagstaff Arboretum.  Also painting at this free-to-enter event were Jane Newman, Christine Debrosky, Roger Krouse, Susan Kliewer, and Jeff Dolan.  You can see a slideshow of photos from this paint-out on the APAP website's Shows, Paint-outs & Events page at

If you are planning an event for APAP members, or would like to share a success or show announcement about your work, please send complete info and photos to Sandy Farley,

Susan Kliewer captures a moment at the Flagstaff Arboretum Paint-Out.

Here's wishing you and yours a lovely July 4th Holiday!
It's great to have the freedom to enjoy painting in America!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

You're Invited!

APAP member Marla Smith wanted to remind everyone you're invited to her 2-person show at Mountain Artists Gallery, 228 N. Alarcon St. in Prescott on Friday June 24, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Come see her newest work, and enjoy some complimentary light refreshments!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Last Chance to Sign Up For Flagstaff Arboretum Event!

"Wanderlust" by Sandy Farley (private collection)

Last chance to dance, ladies & gents!
The Third Annual Flagstaff Arboretum Paint Out is next weekend, June 26th from 9-5 and 27th from 9-noon.  Those who wish to paint should contact Dawn Sutherland ASAP at!  Attendance is limited to 20 painters from APAP, so make sure you don't miss this opportunity.

See what you missed if you didn't go rafting & painting with Cody DeLong recently: .  PleinAir Magazine's editor Stephen Doherty did a really wonderful spotlight on Cody and the Grand Canyon Association in the June 10th issue of its PleinAir Today e-bulletin.

Please send news about your latest show, event, paint-out opportunity or workshop to me so I can include in our next blog entry.  Also, don't forget your entry for Member of the Month.  Each month we're spotlighting an APAP member on our website, and you could be next.  All we need is your bio, and photos of you and your work.  Send all submissions to Sandy Farley, webmaster at:

Monday, June 13, 2011

On Fire!

Thankfully, not all of Arizona is on fire, but our prayers and hopes are with the many who are currently affected by the loss of forestland, open spaces, and personal property.
One GOOD fire is the show at the Sedona Arts Center featuring our own Dawn Sutherland, a founding member of Arizona Plein Air Painters and APAP Member of the Month. 
Raven's Return by Dawn Sutherland
Learn more about Dawn and her work by visiting this feature on our website:

Have news about APAP artists to share?  Please email me, Sandy Farley, at
Until next week, stay cool & safe and Paint Happy!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

If they tell you you're all wet, it's ok!

Chama River Rafting Trip for Artists

You'll be rafting and painting with APAP Board Member Cody DeLong -- what fun!!
Date: 15-Jul-2011

3-day rafting and painting trip on a 'Wild and Scenic' designated section of the Chama River in northern New Mexico.
This is not a workshop, just an opportunity for artists to float, camp, paint, photograph and enjoy the river together.
(though I'm happy to offer critiques for anyone who would like my two cents :-)
Limited to the first 15 artists who sign up. You will love this very affordable river trip.
Reserve your seat today! If you're serious about painting river scenes, you can't afford not to join us.

Cost - $550, all meals included.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Summer Painting Ideas

Pierre Auguste Renoir's painting of Claude Monet painting his garden

A couple updates to casual paint-outs you should know about:  Sue Davis's planned paint-out for June has been rescheduled tentatively to July due to pesky cedar mites near her home (aargh!).  Sue tells us the heat kills them off and they should be gone by mid-to-late July.  Also, Bob Dalegowski has a June 14 paint-out planned jointly with Northern Arizona Watercolor Society members.  Check the APAP website for more details coming soon.
Here's a neat opportunity for you and your paint-out partners: PleinAir Magazine is looking for plein air paintings of painters painting plein air for its "Painter Painting" feature on the last page of each magazine!  Yep.  Paint a plein air piece, and include another artist in the act of painting outdoors, then send a high-resolution .jpg of your artwork as an attachment to an email providing the title, size, medium, year, and artists involved to: .

If you weren't among the lucky folks who made the trip to New Mexico in May to the joint paint-out with Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, take a look at APAP's Events page, and scroll down a bit.  Founding Member Jane Newman was kind enough to send a few photos from her trip that we posted as a slideshow: .

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Call For Arizona Artists

The Open Air Invitational at Yavapai College
Hosted by the Perceptual Artists Society and the Friends of Verde Arts

Definitive Plein Air

Definitive Plein Air is outdoor painting from direct-study. It is a creative process that uses no secondary references, such as memory, photographs, reproductions, projections, camera displays, or electronic displays of any kind, including the otherwise 'historically traditional' uses of a camera obscura or camera lucida, and all compositional work is begun and completed by the artist at the point-of-view, via eye-to-subject-to-canvas interpretive study. Such works may be created by either alla prima [all at once] method, or through recursive study - multiple visits to the point-of-view over two or more days.
The Perceptual Artists Society and the Open Air InvitationalThe Perceptual Artists’ Society (PAS) promotes the role of perceptual painting and sculpture, and maintains that direct study and perceptual work will continue to underscore and have direct relevance to contemporary art and its continued development. Membership is open to all artists who work from life, whose visual source of inspiration is based on the act of looking, and who understand the enduring role of perceptual art.

To emphasize the role of perceptual painting as integral to the concept of plein-air landscape painting, the PAS will hold its first plein air event: a biennial Open Air Invitational in 2011. The purpose of the Invitational is to demonstrate and exhibit some of the best examples of Definitive Plein Air works. In other words, we want to support and celebrate the artists in our midst who work with earnest determination to see and paint with their own eyes and hands, the outdoor subject in its natural, uncompromised, state of being.

The event will give ten professional and ten student painters almost three months to complete five landscapes, worked exclusively from life with no reference to secondary source material, with at least one of the works completed in Yavapai County, Arizona. A private viewing and awards ceremony will be held on October 6, 2011, in the Verde Gallery on the Verde Valley Campus of Yavapai College in Clarkdale, Arizona, and the exhibition will be open to the public from October 7 – November 6, 2011. A first prize of $1500 will be awarded, with more awards to be announced.

Applications and more information:

Monday, May 16, 2011

Way Out West Fun For Artists & Collectors

Last chance to register for APAP's joint paint-out with Plein Air Painters of New Mexico May 20-22 (yes, you can bring guests!). More information on registering for this outing may be downloaded in .pdf format from the APAP website's Show, Paint-Out and Event Calendar page. Start here:, and find the links to this page on the left-hand side. Events are listed in chronological order. If you have a paint-out or event scheduled, please let Sandy Farley know right away. Email her at

Marla Smith's "Livin' the Good Life"

Mountain Artists Guild & Gallery in Prescott is featuring our own APAP artist Marla Smith in a show that begins June 1 and runs through July 14, 2011. Marla and sculptor Diana Simpson share the spotlight in this celebration of western art.

Marla has a deep and lasting love of the great American West. She was born in Prescott, Arizona and has the good fortune of experiencing ranch life. "There is no greater joy than a glorious southwest sunset or a hushed and peaceful sunrise."
Come see the work of these two exciting artists at Mountain Artists Gallery, 228 N Alarcon St., Prescott. Check Mountain Artists Guild & Gallery site at for more information and plan to attend a special Meet the Artists Reception Friday, June 24.

While you're making plans for the Memorial Day weekend, don't forget to pencil in the 37th Annual Western Art Show and Sale, May 28-30, sponsored by the Phippen Museum in Prescott. Several APAP members will have booths at the Courthouse Plaza, and admission is free.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Flagstaff Arboretum Paint-Out June 26-27, 2011

Flagstaff Arboretum, from their site

The Third Annual Flagstaff Arboretum Paint-Out is scheduled this summer for Sunday, June 26, 9 am to 5 pm, and Monday, June 27 from 9 am to noon. Attendance is limited to twenty APAP members, who may reserve a spot in this event by contacting Dawn Sutherland at as soon as possible.

This is an outstanding opportunity to showcase and sell your works in the Arboretum's lobby after the paint-out during the following month. The Arboretum gets 30%, and since it's not a judged contest, there are no entry fees. Hard to beat!

Paintings must be framed and ready to hang after the paint-out.

The Arboretum is located about four miles down Woody Mountain Road, off Route 66. Learn more about the Flagstaff Arboretum by visiting their website at

For more information on the paint out, please contact Dawn Sutherland at .

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

New Feature: APAP Member of the Month

Saguaros are blooming! So are prickly pears and other low desert cacti. Now's the time to grab your plein air gear and get out there before it gets too hot!

Get to know APAP members by checking our website's new feature: Member of the Month. For May, we spotlight Scott Brems, a Phoenix artist whose painting, "Lookout Above The Chiricahuas" won Best of Show in April's APAP Annual Members Juried Show.

Each month, members may submit their bios, a photo of themselves and one painting to be drawn at random the following month for Arizona Plein Air Painters' Member of the Month. Members whose entries are selected will be the focus of a special web page that includes contact information for potential buyers.

If you're an APAP member in good standing, please send your information and .jpg's to: farleystudios (at) to enter next month's Member of the Month drawing. Right now, you can take a look at Brems' information on our website, , and we hope you enjoy a great week.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Congratulations to Winners, New Board Members

Artist Scott Brems' "Lookouts Above The Chiricahuas" earned him Best of Show accolades at the 2011 Arizona Plein Air Painters Juried Show in Sedona, AZ, this month.

2011 Best of Show Winner Scott Brems wowed judges Bruce Horn & Greg Hull during the recent Annual APAP Members Juried Show in Sedona, Arizona. See more on this year's winners by visiting the APAP website: and selecting the 2011 Members Show Winners link on the left.

Also, hearty congratulations to our two new Board of Directors members: Rita Goldner and Jeff Dolan. They'll co-chair the Publicity and Marketing Committee, and both bring a wealth of business and artistic experience with them.

Time to think about upcoming summer workshops and events. Cody DeLong still has room for a couple more participants in his awesome 8-day "Painting Down The Canyon" rafting/painting trip coming up May 12-20. Not much time left to reserve a spot, so act now! Check the APAP website's Classes, Workshops & Trips section for details and links to this trip, and another scheduled for mid-July to the beautiful Chama River in New Mexico.

Members, don't forget to let us know as early as possible when you have a new workshop, paint-out, or other plein air event by contacting Cody DeLong cody (at) or Sandy Farley farleystudios (at) .

Monday, April 11, 2011

Wet Beaver Creek Paint-out

What a beautiful location for painting, fall, spring, summer anytime. If you couldn't make it to the paintout try to get to this spot on your own. Thanks for the pictures from Sandy Farley!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Lost Dutchmen Paintout March 16th

Hello APAP painters!

We will meet at Lost Dutchman State Park at 1 p.m. for a wonderful paint-out. You will find me at the Siphon Draw Trailhead (restrooms, ramadas) at 12:30.
Don't forget that there is a daily entry fee unless you have an AZ State Parks Pass.

For painters who prefer to work in the morning, please feel free to join the Sonoran Arts League Wednesday Troops at the Crosscut Trailhead which is the first right-hand turnoff just past the Park.

March 16: Two time options.
8:00 a.m Crosscut Trailhead
This is a trailhead just north of the Superstitions at Lost Dutchman Park.

Follow directions to Lost Dutchman Park (below), but do not go in.

Continue on 88 slowly and watchfully. The road is curved and signs are easy to miss.

About 1/4 mile north of the park entrance there will be a National Forest sign. Shortly after, the First Water Trailhead sign will be on the right. There is a short turn-off lane.

(If you see the 202 mile marker, you have gone too far.)

Turn right onto the dirt/gravel road. Go to the Crosscut Trailhead (1/2 mile in).

Directions to Lost Dutchman Park. Please remember that we are not painting there, but will be on the trail farther north.

Lost Dutchman State Park
6109 N Apache Trail, Apache Junction.
101 south to #60.
60 east to #88 (Apache Trail)
Left (north) on #88 to Lost Dutchman State Park (about 5 miles.)

1:00p.m. Lost Dutchman State Park. Please refer to the directions above. APAP Paint-out. Guests welcome. Separate instructions will come for this event.

I hope to see many of you there. If you plan to attend, please r.s.v.p. to me by the Monday before the event:

Toni Perrin (H) 480-473-3421 or by email. If I am not home, just leave your name and the fact that you are going to join us.

My cell phone, 480-473-3421, will not be turned on until Wednesday.

Blessings to you all and happy painting!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Arizona Trailhead at Picket Post- April 10th

Location: the Arizona Trailhead at Picket Post Mountain- 3 miles west of Superior on Hwy. 60. 1 hour east of Mesa on Hwy. 60.
Host: Lil Leclerc
Directions and Subject matter:
Here are the driving directions for the Arizona Trail head at Picketpost.

From Highway 60 (Superstition Freeway) traveling from Phoenix east to Superior. The turn off is approximately 9 miles east of Florence Junction, you will climb Gonzalez Pass on Hwy 60 then start dropping down, at .4 miles east of milepost #221, you will turn south on Forest Road 231. This turn off on FR 231 is only 5 miles West of Superior. The turn off on FR 231 comes up fast so be prepared to make that right turn. Signs on the highway say "Picketpost Trailhead". Thompson Arboretum is only 1.7 miles further up the road from this turn off.

FR 231 is gravel but well travelled. You will immediately see the old windmill. I will be camped just beyond the windmill. You should be able to see trucks and horse trailers. There will be horse back riders, one donkey and perhaps one mule rider. So if someone wants to paint horses, donkey or mule there will be the opportunity. The riders usually leave to go riding 9:30 -10 AM. We will be camped there from April 7th thru the 12th if anyone wants to camp with us they are welcome to do so. I also will be painting each of these days so anyone can join we if they want.

I have attached a picture of my truck and trailer for reference and will put up a APAPA sign in the window of the truck. My cell phone number is 520-678-7456 if anyone gets lost.

Scenes to paint are the big mountain, Picketpost, there are saguaros, old windmill and the stone corral, great mountain scenes in morning and evening and then there is the Arboretum close by. Painters may also drive to the trailhead approx 1 mile for other scenes of interest. We can get together for lunch around 11:30 -12 noon. Reminder there are no bathrooms, other than the trailhead that has a pit toilet. I will have drinking water if anyone needs.
Lil Leclerc