Friday, November 30, 2012

Call for Entries & December Paint-Outs


Watercolorist Marsha Owen won Best of Show in the 2012 Member's Juried Show

CALL FOR ARTISTS: You’ll find the full prospectus and entry form for the 2013 Annual Juried Membership Exhibition in Sedona AZ on the APAP website now. Your juror will be noted artist/author Betty Carr (http://bettycarrfineart.com/), and your judge is award-winning landscape artist Gregory Hull (http://gregoryhull.com/index.html).

Please note that there are changes to the entry details for the 2013 show, so read the prospectus carefully. Show Chair Diane Scholar and her team have already been working hard to put on a spectacular event this coming year.

Check the Upcoming Paint Outs, Shows & Events Page for a link to download the prospectus & entry form: http://www.arizonapleinairpainters.com/Asset.asp?AssetID=30053&AKey=ZW7DW68M
You must be a member to enter, so please make sure your membership dues are up-to-date.  Apply for APAP membership, or pay your 2013 dues here:  http://www.arizonapleinairpainters.com/Asset.asp?AssetID=31059&AKey=ZW7DW68M .  You no longer need to be a resident of Arizona to join APAP, and you can apply online and pay via Paypal.
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Saturday Paint-Outs planned for December:

December 8, 2012. Scottsdale.
Paint in the morning (8 - 11) at Lost Dog Wash Trailhead. Have lunch, see galleries.
Attend Matt Smith's landscape demo in the afternoon (3 - 5 p.m.) Call the Scottsdale Artists' School for lecture details and registration: (480) 990-1422.
Lost Dog Wash Trail entrance photo courtesy of yelp
Lost Dog Trailhead: Restrooms, McDowell Mountains, desert foliage, hiking trails, ramada, big parking lot. Easy access to Downtown Scottsdale.

Directions: Plan A:
• 101 to Shea Blvd.
• East on Shea Blvd. to 124th St.
• North (left) on 124th St to entrance at Lost Dog.
Directions: Plan B:
• 101 to Frank Lloyd Wright.
• East (left) on Frank Lloyd Wright. FLW will go southeast, then south.
• East (left) on Via Linda to 124th.
• North (left) on 124th to entrance at Lost Dog.
• Meet at the far end of the parking lot near the restrooms.

December 15, 2012 Wickenburg Vulture Peak Mine or vicinity.
We will meet in the Safeway parking lot at 8:00 am to discuss preferences. Please be on time. The mine has an entry fee, probably $10.
Vulture Peak Mine Trail photo courtesy TheBayfieldBunch
Directions from Scottsdale:
• West on Carefree Highway (Highway 74)
• North (right) on Highway 60 for about 10 miles
Speed trap! Watch your speed.
• At the traffic circle (roundabout) go west on 60.
This takes you through a business district and under a trestle.
• Continue west on 60 (West Wickenburg Way) about 2.5 miles to S. Vulture Mine Rd.
• At the southwest corner of 60 and S. Vulture Mine Rd. is a Safeway Store with a large parking lot. Turn left (south) on S. Vulture Mine Rd. into the parking lot. We will meet inside the parking lot at a point nearest the intersection. Please be there by 8 a.m.

It is vital that you let me know you are coming as there are several painting locations from which to choose. Please let me know via email if you are planning to attend. I need an accurate list for this event because the actual choice of painting sites can vary somewhat. We do not want to lose anyone. We will meet for lunch afterwards.
Toni Perrin
ToniPerrinStudio(at)me.com

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Joint APAP/TPAPS Paint Out & Show for 2013


Pack your paints! For Tucson Plein Air Painters Society & Arizona Plein Air Painters members only: an exciting FIRST MUTUAL BIG EVENT designed to promote all of us, plein air, the arts, membership, and sales is in the making!


Save the dates: On Feb 9, 2013, there will be a mutual, free all day paint-out at the beautiful White Stallion Ranch (see site link below) in Marana, AZ. For out-of-towners who wish to stay overnight on Feb. 8, the first class double deluxe rooms have been graciously offered by White Stallion Ranch Resort at a special B&B rate of $180 plus tax. They must be reserved by this Dec 15th. After that, it is at availability only. Alternative local accommodations: Days Inn & Suites: 888.614.1750 & Comfort Inn: 520.579.1099.

Those wishing to host out-of-towners, please e-mail me at geriacosta@comcast.net . Friends and family are welcome to watch. Participants must be TPAPS and or APAP members, and are required to sign in early morning at the paint-out with a maximum of three canvases stamped and dated. Juried submissions to the show will be from these only. Touch-ups may be completed in your studio.

Shemer Art Center - Scottsdale AZ
Next, a well-publicized Mutual Show/Reception will follow from this event on Oct 26, 2013, at noon at Shemer Art Center/Museum in Scottsdale (see site link below). Participating artists are invited to paint at the art center the morning of the reception to promote public interest. The center will receive 25% commission on any show sales and any "wet paint" sales completed from painting on the site the morning of the reception. (For those interested, membership to the center is also available).
The art center is in a prime location. They have graciously offered to host, jury, publicize, and hang the work for approximately one month at no cost. Director Jocelyn Hanson will provide the "outside" juror.

Committees from both organizations will be set up, so that with everyone's help, we can get this historic feat accomplished.

More information/details re: show submissions/prospectus for jurying, receiving, shipping, etc., will follow when we have that information for you.
Your fellow artist, Geri Acosta geriacosta@comcast.net
http://www.whitestallion.com/
http://www.shemerartcenter.org/

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Special Demo & Plein Air Paint-Out Sunday, Oct. 21, at Sedona Arts Center

Special invitation to APAP Painters from Vince Fazio of the Sedona Arts Center:
Contemporary Oil Materials with Scott Gellatly
Sunday, Oct 21, 9-Noon at Sedona Arts Center
15 Art Barn Road   Sedona, Arizona 86336

This free session is taught by Scott Gellatly, Product Manager for Gamblin Artists Colors. A painter himself, Scott consults with painters worldwide on technical issues and is involved in developing and testing all of Gamblin oil colors and mediums. Scott has given presentations on oil painting materials throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon and has exhibited his paintings throughout the west coast. His work can be seen at Brian Marki Gallery HERE.

If you would then like to put what you have learned into direct practice, we will be hosting a paint-out at the Sedona Arts Center campus from 1 - 4 pm Sunday following the presentation. Gamblin Oils is providing the paint and Gamsol for the session so you can explore the use of these materials. You will need to bring your own plein air easels, panels and brushes.
Since its founding, Gamblin Artists Colors has handcrafted luscious oil colors and contemporary mediums true to the working properties of traditional materials, yet safer and more permanent. Gamblin's dedication to today's oil painters extends beyond offering the finest possible materials. They believe in sharing their knowledge so painters can choose those materials that best support their own artistic visions.

The Lecture/Demonstration "Understanding Contemporary Oil Painting Materials" will cover the following:
· Artist's Oil Colors - Gamblin's approach to color making
· Color Theory - 2-dimensional vs 3-dimensional Color Space
· Color Mixing - Navigating Color Space: Gamblin's practical approach to color mixing
· Mineral vs Modern Pigments - How to create a personalized palette of colors
· Indirect vs Direct Techniques - Historical application of opaque and transparent colors
· FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors - Benefits and uses of fast-drying, matte oil colors
· Galkyd Painting Mediums - Focus on working properties and choosing the right medium
· Building Permanent Paintings - Understanding Fat Over Lean approaches
· Supports, Sizing and Grounds - How they affect color and permanence
· Studio Safety - How to create a safe studio environment using Gamsol OMS
· Gamvar Picture Varnish - Understanding contemporary varnishes

All attendees will receive FREE Gamblin Product & Literature samples.
As an added bonus, Carl Judson of Guerrilla Painter will present options for plein air painting pochade boxes and accessories to make plein air painting more FUN!

Register here!
http://activenet.active.com/SedonaArtsCenter/registrationmain.sdi?source=adet.sdi&activity_id=697&sdireqauth=1350515321161

Sunday, September 30, 2012

We're Headed North in November!

Happy Fall, APAP painters!!  Here's a wonderful painting opportunity we've been looking forward to for awhile!  Please don't miss this chance to paint some of Arizona's most fascinating scenery: Lee's Ferry, Colorado River, Vermilion Cliffs State Park, Navajo Bridge, and more!
Marble Canyon from river level
Photo Courtesy of Realbrvhrt under Creative Commons License

Marble Canyon Paint-Out

Nov. 10 & 11, 2012 -- hosted by Jeff Dolan

Marble Canyon Lodge http://www.marblecanyoncompany.com/accommodations.html

Take I-17 to I-40 East in Flagstaff. Get off I-40 at exit for Lake Powell/Page Rt 89 & 89A. Take Rt 89 north to Bitter Springs on the Navajo Reservation. Rts. 89 & 89A will split: take Rt 89A (left) to Marble Canyon.

Marble Canyon Lodge 800-726-1789; rooms are $40-single $45-50-double (AARP discounts available).
We’ll paint from my front porch Saturday morning starting at 8:00 am. Coffee and donuts will be served. We can go down to Lee’s Ferry, or out on the old bridge and paint the river gorge; there are lots of great places to paint in the area.

Marble Canyon Lodge has a big, long table in the dining room for large groups for dinner, so plan to join the rest of the APAP painters and their guests for dinner there Saturday evening.

To contact Jeff, email him at casaalegre@hughes.net.


Monday, September 24, 2012

AAA Jury-In Applications Due Sept 29!

Great news: APAP has just been accepted as a league member in Arizona Art Alliance (AAA)!

AAA is an umbrella organization over 34 art leagues, and holds semi-annual shows (December Holiday Show and Spring Show) in their gallery at the Pavilions Shopping Center in Scottsdale. Also, each member league gets its own 2-week show there, in rotation.  Individuals in member clubs can apply for juried status to be eligible to enter the Holiday Show, and a special show in November honoring veterans. (They are having a gala reception for that show, with the Chamber of Commerce, City Council, a color guard, VFW, and Governor Brewer.) Non-veterans can be in that show.
Photos courtesy Arizona Art Alliance
IMPORTANT: Act NOW for Fall & Winter Shows!  Details on the jurying application process has been sent to APAP members by email.

Your application, jurying fee & CD has to be received by Friday Sept 29!! If you submit, you'll be notified immediately of acceptance, then if you choose, you can apply for entry to the shows. The forms for those, and the prospectus, are also on their website.

The deadline for application to the November show, themed "America - What a Great Country!" is October 19. It costs $35 for a 3-foot x 6-foot panel.

The deadline for application to the Holiday Show, themed "Give the Gift of Art" is October 18.  It costs $50 a panel.

The Holiday Show is coordinated through your rep, Rita Goldner, so the forms are not on the AAA website. If you're interested, email ritagoldner@msn.com as soon as you get notification of your juried status, and she'll email you the forms and info.


Other news from AAA:

- The Workshop Classroom
The room is just remodeled; it's huge, with kitchen facilities and color-corrected lighting. It's available for $50 rent if you want to teach workshops and the AAA will advertise on their website and with email notices. They'll be teaching drawing and painting to veterans after the holidays, and are looking for volunteers to teach those classes. There are several workshops scheduled now, please check that page on the AAA website at azartalliance.com.

- The Gift Shop
The gift shop has been enlarged, and you need not be juried to display small items there, like prints and cards. I also saw some 8x10 oil plein air studies on panels, not framed, in a basket for $100 each. Call Kelley Smith at 623-229-6720 for more info.

- The Scottsdale Street Fairs
Starting in October, the street fairs will be held on Sundays, right in front of the gallery. They encourage artists to demo in front of the building during the fairs. Any sales will be run through the gallery.



Friday, September 21, 2012

A Couple of Superior Opportunities in September/October!

Hello APAP Painters!

Publicity Gig in Superior, AZ
We will meet on Wednesday, September 26 in Superior at Porter's Cafe'
at 7:30 a.m - 8:30 a.m. and paint the town (literally). Photo op for the group is between 10:00 and 10:30 a.m. After that, more painting and optional coffee or early brunch/lunch.
Porter's is on the "main drag" up the hill, and Superior is tiny. You cannot get too lost. Just take US 60 east past Boyce Thompson Arboretum until you see the signs. Bear left (and up) into the business district. Porter's will be on the left 3/4 way down. There is lots of "rustic charm" in Superior. Mountains are in the distance.

Start a painting on Sept. 26th and finish it on Oct. 20th if you like. Tweak it in the studio, if you like. Bring your cameras for reference photos and group shots. Plan to have your work framed and ready on the 20th. People have already been asking if the art will be for sale.


October 20, Saturday APAP paint-out at Superior
Complimentary breakfast is served between 8 and 10 at Porter's Cafe' for APAP member participants. There will be a car show in progress, so bring your cameras if you paint cars and trucks.

We may sell and possibly display our work. Bring a frame with all the fixings and one or two other plein air pieces if you like. We have been exempted from buying a Superior vendor license for this event.

Bring your Arizona Sales Permits with you. Also have cards and brochures. As usual, Toni's trusty Toyota Studio 2 will have a hammer, screw driver, and a loaded point driver on board. Wire and D rings or eye hooks are up to you.

Toni also will have APAP name tags. Put one on your chest, hat, or other g-rated part. Put one on your rig where people can read it. She'll have a stamp that says, "APAP, Arizona Plein Air Painters". We can stamp your boards so that people learn about our group and know you are a member. Please sign in when you arrive so we may include your name in the next newsletter.

Toni says she's planning to leave for Superior at an ungodly hour to be there by 6:30-7:00a.m. on the 20th. (Aagh!)

THIS IS IMPORTANT: You need to r.s.v.p to Toni for the September 26th and for the paint-out on October 20th.  Porters would like to know how many breakfasts to serve on the 20th, and Toni needs to know how many name tags and supplies to bring.

Guest opportunity: Non-APAP members are welcome as guests at this event, and invited to join the club, too!

Contact Toni at: ToniPerrinStudio@me.com

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cooler Weather On The Way -- Let's Paint!!

Hello Painters!
Here are some upcoming paint-outs APAP members will want to add to their calendars:
Dead Horse Ranch State Park - Cottonwood AZ
Saturday, Sept 29, 2012
24th Annual Verde Valley Days/APAP Paint-Out
Dead Horse Ranch State Park - Cottonwood AZ
http://azstateparks.com/Parks/DEHO/map.html

APAP has been invited by park administrators to participate in the festivities with a paint-out! Plenty to paint here: thick marshes, reflective water, Mingus Mountains, old cottonwood trees, picnic grounds, fishing, and more. Park entry fee is waived for APAP members. This festival is well-attended, and is a great opportunity for APAP artists to meet & greet art lovers, and enjoy a lovely setting.
Our host is Jerry Pond; jerrypond(at)yahoo.com.

We have two venues for October 2012. Take your pick or enjoy both.

11th Annual Dia De Colores Festival - Superior AZ

Saturday, October 20, Superior, AZ
11th Annual Dia De Colores Festival
Breakfast starts between 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. at Porters Cafe', 404 West Main Street, Superior, AZ. The Superior Chamber of Commerce will buy breakfast for the first ten artists who r.s.v.p. for this event.
Painting on the streets of Superior in the morning.
Lunch at Porters.
Afternoon painting around Superior or at the Boyce Arboretum. Reduced or waived entry fee to to the Arboretum (to be decided).
4:00 p.m.: Reception for artists at Porters Cafe'.

Sedona Historical Society Heritage Museum - Sedona AZ

Thursday, October 25, Sedona
Sedona Historical Society, Heritage Museum
735 Jordan Road (3/4 mile north of Highway 89A in Uptown Sedona, Arizona)
9 - noon, 30 artists invited to the Sedona paint-out festival will be painting on the grounds of the Sedona Historical Society.
We may walk around and see what they are doing.
Noon: picnic time. Bring your lunches and join the crowd.
1-4 p.m: "Plein Air Paint Out For All Ages". We enjoy an afternoon of plein air painting.

Directions to the Sedona Historical Society:
When you are in Sedona:
From the intersection of Rte.179 and 89A
If going toward Sedona on 89A:
Continue on 89A to Jordan Rd.
North on Jordan Rd. toward the hills.
The museum is on the left, surrounded by red rocks. Look for a barn.
If on Rte.179:
Right (east) on 89A to Jordan Rd.
North on Jordan Rd. toward the hills.
The museum is on the left, surrounded by red rocks. Look for a barn.

APAP Members need to r.s.v.p. to Toni Perrin as soon as possible for each of these events. This is especially true for Superior as breakfasts and special admissions are involved.

There will be a publicity photo shoot for the artists going to Superior. It will be scheduled soon. We will be photographed painting, take a group photo, and end up on brochures and possibly signage. It's great publicity for us.

I hope you enjoy these opportunities.
Toni Perrin
toniperrinstudio(at)me.com
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Sunday, August 5, 2012

"Fall" into some new paint-outs with APAP


Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Saturday, Sept 29, 2012
24th Annual Verde Valley Days/APAP Paint-Out
Dead Horse Ranch State Park - Cottonwood AZ
http://azstateparks.com/Parks/DEHO/map.html

APAP has been invited by park administrators to participate in the festivities with a paint-out! Plenty to paint here: thick marshes, reflective water, Mingus Mountains, old cottonwood trees, picnic grounds, fishing, and more. Park entry fee is $7 per carload. This festival is well-attended, and is a great opportunity for APAP artists to meet & greet art lovers, and enjoy a lovely setting.  More details to come.

11th Annual Dia De Colores Art Festival
Saturday, Oct 20,2012
11th Annual Dia De Colores Art Festival, Superior AZ
APAP has been invited by the Superior AZ Chamber of Commerce to paint-out and sell works during the festival. More information to be announced.

Sedona Heritage Museum
Wednesday, Oct 24 2012
Sedona Plein Air Festival "Paint Out for All Ages"
APAP has been invited by the Sedona Arts Center to paint-out at the Sedona Heritage Museum as part of the week-long festivities. More information to be announced.

Keep an eye on our website for additional information about these great upcoming events.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Updates: Flagstaff Arboretum APAP Paint-Out & Show, June 30- July 1

 

All photos courtesy The Flagstaff Arboretum

Flagstaff Arboretum APAP Paint-Out & Show -- June 30- July 1 Paint-Out

 Show July 2, 2012 @ 1 pm- August 2, 2012 @ 10 am

This Paint-Out and Show has been arranged exclusively for APAP members. A total of 20 painters may enter. More information about The Arboretum at Flagstaff is here: http://www.thearb.org/.

Bring your gear, your enthusiasm, beverages, and lunch or snacks.

Don’t forget business cards, your camera, and a client guestbook.
Directions:
North on I 17 to Flagstaff (I 17 ends at Flagstaff and becomes Milton Rd.)
North on Milton Rd. to Rte. 66.
Left on Rte 66 (approximately 1.5 miles) to Woody Mountain Rd. (There may be a traffic circle here, not sure....)
Woody Mountain Road will be paved for a while and then become gravel.
Follow the gravel road for approximately 3 miles until you see the sign for the Arboretum entrance on the right. Pull in and park.

You will see helpful signage for the Flagstaff Arboretum along the route.


Details:
The Arboretum is open Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00 for adults and $6.00 for seniors. As artists painting in this event, our admission is free. It is not only is it free for this paint-out, but for the entire month of July.

Hours:
Paint as much or as little as you choose. Come on either or both days. Please remember that we are in no sooner than 10 and out no later than 4.

Special New Event: Botanical Art Of The Arboretum
A blacksmith exhibit will be featured along with our painters on Sunday, July 1. It will be publicized and we will share the limelight.

Exhibit Opportunity for APAP Members (only):
Sunday afternoon you may leave one or two paintings for a month-long exhibit at the Arboretum. This show will be hung Monday at 1 p.m. by the staff.

To qualify, your artwork must be properly framed and hanging by D rings or eye screws and picture wire. No “zebra hooks” mounted in the center of the frame will be accepted.

All artwork must be identified by a label on the back stating the title, image size, medium, and price. If you have a business card with email, address, and phone number, that should also be taped to the back of each work. We will need you to fill out and sign hold harmless agreements.

Provided for you:
Blank display labels for Title, Medium, Price, Artist Name
Larger blank identification labels to be taped to the back of the artwork
Hold harmless forms
Tape, ballpoint pens, and white out.


Founding Member Dawn Sutherland arranged this paint-out & show with the Arboretum and Toni Perrin is coordinator: Please contact Toni at toniperrinstudio(at)me.com. Current APAP members received her telephone number via email and may call for more information.

There are plenty of hotels and restaurants not far from the Arboretum. Make a weekend of it, and enjoy the weather and scenery. See you there!


IMPORTANT: Additional A.P.A.P Policies and Procedures for this and future paint-outs that include the opportunity to show and sell your work:

Following a number of questions and requests for special accomodations, we've found it necessary to establish standardized rules for this and future shows.  Beginning with the Plein Air Paint-out at the Flagstaff Arboretum, this is the new standard policy & procedure for paint-outs followed by shows/sales:

On the first day of painting:
1. Register your blank canvas or panel with me when you arrive. I will date and initial each one.
2. Paint to your heart's content.
3. At the end of the day, bring your finished, properly framed work(s) to me.
4. Fill out the forms (hold harmless, back label, and small show label).
5. Attach the back label and your business card (optional) to the back of each painting. I will have tape available.
6. Turn in your artwork.

Options:
If you want to paint on unfinished pieces the next day, you will leave them with me.

When you return the next day, your work will be returned to you. It will be dated and initialed by me a second time.

At the end of the event, turn your work in by the deadline.

If you choose to bring and finish a previously started plein air painting, be my guest. However that painting will not be eligible for this event show and sale.

Eligibility to show and sell your work.
1. You must be a current member of A.P.A.P.
2. Your painting must have been started and completed en plein air (outdoors) during the A.P.A.P event hours.

Guests:
You're welcome to come paint with us and see if APAP is the kind of club you'd like to be involved in. Make friends. Have a great day!

If you join us, you will be eligible for future shows and sales.

I look forward to seeing everyone and know that some really good paintings are going to emerge.


Toni Perrin, Paint-Out Coordinator
Courtesty, Dawn Sutherland

Friday, June 15, 2012

Flagstaff Arboretum Hosts APAP Member Paint-Out & Show

Learn more about the Flagstaff Arboretum at http://thearb.org

A.P.A.P. Paint-out Dates: Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1

Bring your gear, your enthusiasm, beverages, and lunch or snacks.
Don’t forget business cards, your camera, and a client guestbook.

Directions:
North on I 17 to Flagstaff (I 17 ends at Flagstaff and becomes Milton Rd.)
North on Milton Rd. to Rte. 66.
Left on Rte 66 (approximately 1.5 miles) to Woody Mountain Rd. (There may be a traffic circle here, not sure....)
Woody Mountain Road will be paved for a while and then become gravel.
Follow the gravel road for approximately 3 miles until you see the sign for the Arboretum entrance on the right. Pull in and park.
You will see helpful signage for the Flagstaff Arboretum along the route.

Details:
The Arboretum is open Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00 for adults and $6.00 for seniors. As artists painting in this event, our admission is free. It is not only is it free for this paint-out, but for the entire month of July.

Hours:
Paint as much or as little as you choose. Come on either or both days. Please remember that we are in no sooner than 10 and out no later than 4.

Special New Event: Botanical Art Of The Arboretum.
A blacksmith exhibit will be featured along with our painters on Sunday, July 1. It will be publicized and we will share the limelight.

Exhibit Opportunity:
Sunday afternoon you may leave one or two paintings for a month-long exhibit at the Arboretum. This show will be hung Monday at 1 p.m. by the staff.
To qualify, your artwork must be properly framed and hanging by D rings or eye screws and picture wire. No “zebra hooks” mounted in the center of the frame will be accepted.

All artwork must be identified by a label on the back stating the title, image size, medium, and price. If you have a business card with email, address, and phone number, that should also be taped to the back of each work. We will need you to fill out and sign hold harmless agreements.

Provided for you:
Blank display labels for Title, Medium, Price, Artist Name
Larger blank identification labels to be taped to the back of the artwork
Hold harmless forms
Tape, ballpoint pens, and white out.

Thanks to Dawn Sutherland, who arranged this paint-out & show with the Arboretum.  Toni Perrin is coordinator: Please contact Toni at toniperrinstudio(at)me.com. Current APAP members received her telephone number via email and may call for more information.

There are plenty of hotels and restaurants not far from the Arboretum. Make a weekend of it, and enjoy the weather and scenery. See you there!



Sunday, May 13, 2012

Hot Time for Some Cool Arizona Art!

"Friends" by Marla Smith
 APAP artist Marla Smith says it's time to head into Prescott for the 38th Annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show & Sale at the Downtown Plaza. This event is Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 27, & 28. Hours are Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Monday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. You’ll also find these fine APAP artists onsite: Kevin McCain, Raleigh Kinney, TJ Thompson, and Linda Umphrey. Learn more about the Phippen Museum at http://www.phippenartmuseum.org/ .

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Summer weather is upon us, and oh-so-cool Arizona Plein Air Painters logo gear is available through our lovely Zazzle Store: http://www.zazzle.com/azpleinairpainters . If you forget the address, find a link on the APAP website at: http://arizonapleinairpainters.com/ , under “Arizona Plein Air Painters Store”.

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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 arizonapleinairpainters(at)gmail.com . Our Plein Air Paint-Out Coordinator is Toni Perrin. If you’d like to host a paint-out please email her at: toniperrinstudio(at)me.com.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

All Good Things

 
"Madeira Sycamore" plein air oil by Walter Porter
Tucson artist Walter Porter quietly stole a lot of hearts with his painting "Madeira Sycamore" at the 4th Annual APAP Members Juried Show in Sedona, which closed April 11.  Not until all the votes were counted from Artists' Choice and People's Choice ballot boxes did the Board of Directors realize both awards were due a single artist.  Although the photo above doesn't do the painting justice, Porter's little plein air painting was charming and colorful, with lovely brushwork.  Learn more about the artist and his work at his website: http://www.walterporter.com/ .
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Congratulations to our two new Board of Directors members Sandi Ciaramitaro, Membership Chairperson, and Toni Perrin, Paint-Out Coordinator.  Both women are energetic and active artists and very enthusiastic about creating new opportunities for APAP members.
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Welcome to new member Mary Kay Bongianni from Gold Canyon, AZ!  If you'd like more information on joining Arizona Plein Air Painters, visit http://www.arizonapleinairpainters.com/ and select Membership Application on the lefthand menu.
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A wonderful show doesn't happen without the hard work of lots of good folks.  Above, Mary Lois Brown (left) and Becky Joy set up a lovely reception feast before the opening reception March 30.  Heartfelt thanks to the many who volunteered to set-up and take down paintings, "sit the show" and handle sales, answer questions, and all the other myriad tasks that go into making good things happen:

Sherri Aldawood, Sandy Beck, Gary Binder, Mary Lois Brown, Bonnie Casey, Sandi Ciaramitaro, Robert Dalegowski, Sue Davis, Jeff Dolan, Barbara Donahue, Norma Gibson, Rita Goldner, Dave Haskell, Michael Chesley Johnson, Becky Joy, Marsha Owen, Jerry Pond, Bobbie Stearn, Eric Slayton, Ruthie Stoner, Kathy Willis, Carol Wynne, and the wonderful Sedona Arts Center staff.

Be sure and show some love for those who generously donated awards for our winners: Gamblin Oils, Randy Higbee Frames, Sourcetek, and Raymar Art.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Winners!! 2012 APAP Juried Members' Show & Sale

Watercolorist Marsha Owens earned Best of Show accolades in the 2012 APAP Members Show
  Best of Show winner Marsha Owen left her first career as Los Angeles-area art director to move her young family to Flagstaff. Before that, she designed ads to use watercolor or pastel illustrations and thought to give fine art a try someday.

  When she arrived in Arizona, she started exploring her favorite mediums in other ways. “Ad design proved helpful in approaching painting with an eye for composition and color,” says Owen. “I was able to use layout marker illustration skills (there was no computer then) for value studies.”
  “Within 50 miles of Flagstaff one can find every variety of landscape - from alpine to high desert. The beauty of Northern Arizona and the Colorado Plateau is an artist’s paradise. I enjoy capturing the unique characteristics of these places for my own and others’ enjoyment.”
  Owen focuses primarily on watercolor now, and likes the versatility of its uses. “I chose this challenging medium because of its spontaneity and breadth of application,” she explains. “Great things often happen in a painting when you let the paint be a partner in the process.”
  Learn more about Marsha Owen, including contact information, on her website: http://owenwatercolor.com/ .

BEST OF SHOW – Marsha Owen, “Frozen In Between”, watercolor

1ST PLACE PLEIN AIR - Toni Perrin, “Canyon Lake”, oil
2ND PLACE PLEIN AIR – Jeff Dolan, “View From The Porch”, oil
3RD PLACE PLEIN AIR – Beth Ray, “Top Of The Morning”, oil

1ST PLACE STUDIO – Eric Slayton, “Shadows of De Chelly”, oil
2ND PLACE STUDIO – David Haskell, “Into The Light”, oil
3RD PLACE STUDIO – Judy Maurer, “Robles Point Sunrise”, oil

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Sherri Aldawood, Scott Brems (2 paintings), Jerry Pond, Walter Porter, Marla Smith, E.C. Wynne
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If you haven't seen the show yet, join the First Friday Art Walk in Sedona on April 6 for a special reception at the Sedona Art Center Special Exhibition Gallery, 15 Art Barn Rd. in uptown Sedona!  Refreshments will be served from 4 pto 8 pm.  At least two paintings have sold as of this morning, so don't delay if you really want to see the original juried works.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

4th Annual Members' Juried Show & Sale - March 30 - April 11!


You're invited!  Bring a friend!  Thirty-seven Arizona Plein Air Painters are exhibiting more than 80 wonderful paintings this year, and all have an Arizona Centennial focus!  Come celebrate with us and meet artists at both receptions, March 30 and April 6, from 4 to 8 pm!


The April 2012 issue of Southwest Art magazine features several pages on Arizona Plein Air Painters artists, starting with our full-page ad on page 39.  Learn more about some of our exhibitors and get a taste of what to expect at this year's wonderful show!
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If you're interested in joining APAP or renewing, now you have a new option to use Paypal and complete your membership form online.  Just go to: http://www.tinyurl.com/APAPMembership .  When you finish the online application, you'll be directed automatically to Paypal, where you can safely use your credit or debit card to pay for your membership.  If you prefer printed application, check, and US mail, you can still use that method too.  Instructions and a downloadable application are available at the bottom of that same page.
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A very warm welcome to new member Karen Rudolph, who spends half her year in Arizona, and joined us recently following a paint-out in central Arizona.  Glad to have you as a member, Karen!
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Please join us for a paint-out as our guest!  Check the events page on the APAP website, and email the contact person for information for an event that interests you.  We love to share the great outdoor painting experience with new friends.  Visit http://www.arizonapleinairpainters.com/.






Monday, March 12, 2012

Two Awesome Arizona Paint-Outs This Week!

Now's the best time of the year to paint at lovely Sabino Canyon!
March 14, 2012 / 9 am
Sabino Canyon Paint-Out
Sabino Canyon Recreation AreaShuttle Ticket Booth -- 5900 Sabino Canyon Rd., Tucson, AZ

We will meet at the ticket booth that sells tram rides. Get your ticket ($8 cash ONLY) and climb aboard. The first tram leaves at 9:00 am, then every 30 minutes after. Get off at a scenic stop, set up and paint. Please note: Not all stops have restrooms. For automated information and tour schedules, call (520) 749-2861.

Bring your gear, plenty of water, sunscreen, hat, bag lunch or snacks, and plan to have a wonderful time!

Email Toni Perrin at toniperrinstudio(at)me.com for directions and additional info.

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Capture Springtime flowers next weekend at Lost Dutchman State Park
March 17, 2012 / 8 am – 2 pm
St. Patrick’s Day at the Park Paint-Out
Lost Dutchman State Park – Apache Junction AZ
http://azstateparks.com/Parks/LODU/map.html

Meet us at the Cholla Group Ramada (follow the signs, or ask park personnel as you enter). Flowers likely to be in bloom on the slopes of the mountains and desert floor, so a wonderful chance to paint the gold while celebrating the green!

Park entry is $7 per carload (up to 4 people), so carpooling is encouraged! Rain or shine – ramadas are covered, just in case. Hosts are Sandy Farley & Sandi Ciaramitaro. Email arizonapleinairpainters(at)yahoo.com for info, or see the park’s website.

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The April issue of Southwest Art, due out March 15th, features a full-page ad for Arizona Plein Air Painters’ 4th Annual Members’ Juried Show & Sale in Sedona. In that issue, the following pages also feature ads from several APAP members, and other Arizona artists.

Southwest Art has decided to continue this great opportunity in the May issue.

If you wish to advertise in the May 2012 issue of Southwest Art, they are extending special pricing for APAP Members. Contact Sandy Ciaramitaro, tropical02(at)cox.net, right away to learn how to take advantage of this opportunity.

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Real Gardens for Real People Tour on March 31st is still looking for 1 or 2 more APAP members to paint at four garden locations along the tour route. If you’re a member in good standing and you’d like to take advantage of this opportunity, email Sandy at arizonapleinairpainters(at)yahoo.com for details.

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Great news for those who prefer to renew their APAP membership online: APAP’s website now features an online form and a Paypal link that appears when you submit your completed form. Use your debit or credit card safely and securely to pay through your Paypal account.

If you haven’t yet renewed your membership for 2012, it’s time to do so now. On March 16, we will cull the membership list on our website and list only current members. You’ll also cease to receive important email news about upcoming opportunities. Visit the website now: http://tinyurl.com/APAPmembership .
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Please join us for a paint-out as our guest! Check the events page on the APAP website, and email the contact person for information for an event that interests you. We love to share the great outdoor painting experience with new friends. Visit http://www.arizonapleinairpainters.com/.

Thanks to contributors: Rita Goldner, Sandy Ciaramitaro, Tony Perrin, Cindy Carrillo, Barbara Donahue, and Vicki Bundy

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Real Gardens Need Real Plein Air Painters!

Old Tractor 11″x14″ oil, by Becky Joy
Arizona Plein Air Painters artist and Vice President Becky Joy won Best of Show in Glendale’s Annual Plein Air Painting Event February 4th. Becky teaches workshops online and in plein air settings. Visit her website to learn more: http://www.artworkshopsonline.com/.

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Real Gardens for Real People Tour on March 31st is looking for APAP members to paint at four garden locations along the tour route. If you’re a member in good standing and you’d like to take advantage of this opportunity, email Sandy at arizonapleinairpainters(at)yahoo.com for details.

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Be sure and stop by the Sedona Arts Center Special Exhibition Gallery through February 26, 2012, where APAP members Dave Haskell, Becky Joy, and Raleigh Kinney are featured artists in "Southwest Inspirations" group show and sale. The Sedona Arts Center is located at 15 Art Barn Rd in Sedona. Gallery hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, daily.

Visit the SAC website for more information: http://www.sedonaartscenter.com/ .
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Please join us for a paint-out as our guest!  Check the events page on the APAP website, and email the contact person for information for an event that interests you.  We love to share the great outdoor painting experience with new friends.  Visit http://www.arizonapleinairpainters.com/.


Monday, February 6, 2012


trails
Casa Grande Trails, courtesy casagrandeaz.gov website

2012 CASA GRANDE PLEIN AIR PAINTING EVENT

NOTE: FEES HAVE BEEN WAIVED.

WHAT: 2012 Casa Grande Plein Air Painting Event, sponsored by the City of Casa Grande Arts & Humanities Commission. The event is open to any artist who paints using the Plein Air technique in oil, watercolor, acrylic, or pastel. Plein Air (open air) paintings are executed outdoors from real life, as opposed to being painted from photographs in a studio. Both painter and subject must be outdoors, and photographs are NOT used. Contemporary plein air artists capture moments in time that reflect the ever-changing colors, light and shadows, temperature and shifting elements. This art form requires stamina, focus and the ability to be completely absorbed in the work regardless of what Mother Nature is throwing at them.

WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 2012, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. This date has been chosen to coincide with other City Centennial Celebrations events being held throughout the community.

WHERE: In Beautiful Casa Grande, Arizona. This event is hosted by the Casa Grande Arts & Humanities Commission.

More information: http://ci.casa-grande.az.us/web/guest/clerk



Sunday, January 29, 2012

Shows & Paint-Outs: More Art Fun in the Sun!


Arizona Plein Air Painters artist Mary Lois Brown took First Place honors in the El Valle Annual Art Show with her plein air oil painting, “A Peaceful Place”.  
Arizona Plein Air Painter’s 4th Annual Juried Members’ Show in Sedona, AZ, is open to all APAP members in good standing, and features a focus on Arizona’s Centennial Celebration. The deadline for entries is February 11, 2012. Please see the show prospectus for more information: http://tinyurl.com/7whkef3
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The Green Fields Plein Air Paint-Out in Tucson features 3 painting sessions with models on Thursday through Saturday, February 9, 10, 11.  One session will be set up to reflect the rich history of Green Fields with Russell True (from White Stallion Ranch) featuring horses and riders. Other modeling opportunities will include students for portrait studies, and cowboys from the White Stallion Ranch. You can paint one or all of the days of the event which spans Tuesday the 7th through Saturday the 11th.

Monday, January 30 is the deadline to sign up. The prospectus is available here: http://tinyurl.com/dxnye8l
For more information, contact Susan Alexander at (520)270-6351.
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APAP members are cordially invited to join the the Sonoran Arts League in the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Anniversary Paint-Out at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale on Saturday, February 18, from 9 am to noon. Check in begins at 8:15 am with Toni Perrin at the Gateway Trailhead, McDowell Sonoran Preserve, 18333 N. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale (east side of Thompson Peak Parkway, one half mile north of Bell Rd.). No sales on site, just great publicity and networking.

Bring plenty of business cards, brochures, two or three extra paintings and a guest book for networking. Ramada and restroom facilities are on site. For more information, please contact Toni Perrin at toniperrinstudio(at)me.com.
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Join APAP members Jane Newman and Susan Kliewer at the Sedona Arts Center from February 3 - 29, 2012, where Jane's paintings and Susan's sculptures are featured and available for purchase.  The show's Opening Reception is Feb. 3 from 5 to 8 pm.  Sedona Arts Center is located at 15 Art Barn Rd in Sedona.  Gallery hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, daily.
Visit the SAC website for more information: http://www.sedonaartscenter.com/ .
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APAP Members: it's time to renew your membership dues for 2012, if you haven't already done so. 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: http://tinyurl.com/brhoncu ., complete it and follow directions to join. Looking forward to meeting you!

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Thanks to contributors: Cindy L Carrillo, Toni Perrin, Jane Newman, Mary Lois Brown and Susan Alexander
If you have a kudo, photo, show or event you'd like to share with our readers, please send your information to arizonapleinairpainters(at)yahoo.com.




 


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Two New State Parks Paint-Outs on Schedule!


Superstition Mountains -- photo, Sandy Farley
Two new paint-outs have been added to Arizona Plein Air Painters' Centennial Year Schedule:

March 17, 2012 / 8 am – 2 pm
St. Patrick’s Day at the Park Paint-Out
Lost Dutchman State Park – Apache Junction AZ
http://azstateparks.com/Parks/LODU/map.html
Meet us at the Cholla Group Ramada (follow the signs, or ask park personnel as you enter). Flowers likely to be in bloom on the slopes of the mountains and desert floor, so a wonderful chance to paint the gold while celebrating the green!
Park entry is $7 per carload (up to 4 people), so carpooling is encouraged! Rain or shine – ramadas are covered, just in case. Hosts are Sandy Farley & Sandi Ciaramitaro. Email arizonapleinairpainters(at)yahoo.com for info, or see the park’s website.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park -- courtesy Al_HikesAZ
Sept. 29, 2012 / Time TBD
24th Annual Verde Valley Days/APAP Paint-Out
Dead Horse Ranch State Park - Cottonwood AZ
http://azstateparks.com/Parks/DEHO/map.html
APAP has been invited by park administrators to participate in the festivities with a paint-out! Plenty to paint here: thick marshes, reflective water, Mingus Mountains, old cottonwood trees, picnic grounds, fishing, and more. Park entry fee is $7 per carload. This festival is well-attended, and is a great opportunity for APAP artists to meet & greet art lovers, and enjoy a lovely setting.
Our host is Jerry Pond; jerrypond(at)yahoo.com. More details to come.
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Many thanks to our new official sponsors: Gamblin Artist's Colors & Sun Eden Artist's Gear.
Both have donated great prizes for our upcoming 4th Annual APAP Members Juried Art Show.
They join Arizona Art Supply & RayMar Art in supporting Arizona Plein Air Painters' artists and events.  Please thank them for their generosity.
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If you have a kudo, photo, show or event you'd like to share with our readers, please send your information to arizonapleinairpainters(at)yahoo.com.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Call for Entries: 4th Annual APAP Members Juried Show

Arizona Plein Air Painters
4th Annual Members Juried Show
Celebrating Arizona’s Centennial Year

March 29 - April 11, 2012
What – APAP Annual Juried Members Show
When – March 29 - April 11, 2012
Receptions – Friday March 31, from 4 pm-8 pm and Friday, April 6, from 4 pm-8 pm
Where –Sedona Art Center Community Gallery, 15 Art Barn Road in Sedona, AZ
Who – All paid APAP members are eligible to enter. You may renew your dues with this form.
How – Send CD with up to 5 .jpg images. Jury will select up to 3 pieces – 1 Studio, 2 Plein Air.
How Much – Entry fee is $35, this is separate from your annual membership dues.
Entry Deadline – Checks and CDs must be received no later than January 31st.
Notification – Acceptance letters will go out by February 29th.
Delivery – of paintings to the gallery between 9:30 – Noon, Thursday, March 29. Don’t be late.
Pick-Up – of paintings from the gallery between 3 – 5 pm, Wednesday, April 11. No exceptions.
Sales – There will be an 80/20 split, 80% to the artist, 20% to APAP.

Entry Submission Requirements:
o This year, to celebrate Arizona’s Centennial Year, all entries must have an Arizona focus or subject to be considered.
o Send a CD with up to 5 images – up to 2 Studio (max 18” x 24”) and up to 3 Plein Air works (max 16” x 20”) completed in the last two years and not previously shown at an APAP show.
o Along with CD, send entry fee check and correctly completed entry form; please print legibly.
o CD images should be saved as .jpg files, not too large – between 200kb – 1000kb, 72 ppi is fine.
o Image files should be saved and labeled as follows: title-size-price-P (for plein air) or S (for studio). Example: Aspen-Glow-11x14-$750-P.jpg
o Your entry form will contain the same information – they should match.
o Label CD with the Artist's Name in marker. Do not put artist's name in image file.
o Jury Committee will select up to one Studio, and up to two Plein Air pieces from your entry.
o All jury decisions are final.
o Delivery/shipping instructions will accompany acceptance letter.
 Note: No substitutions of accepted works, no price changing, No Exceptions!

Framing:
  • Accepted Paintings must be framed in good quality frames and properly wired for hanging.
  • No saw-tooth hangers, or skimpy, poorly-constructed frames will be accepted.  
  • APAP retains the right to reject paintings based on bad framing practices.
Prizes:
o Best in Show – Featured image for next year's promotional efforts.
o 2nd Place Award of Merit
o 3rd Place Award of Merit
o Peoples' Choice
o Artists' Choice
For more information, and to download the show prospectus & entry form visit: http://tinyurl.com/6ver5xh or visit APAP's website at http://www.arizonapleinairpainters.com/ .

Sunday, January 8, 2012

New Board of Directors for 2012

Sahuaro "Condo" and Full Moon Rising - S Farley

Arizona Plein Air Painters embarks on its 5th year with new changes in the board, and new blood and enthusiasm working behind the scenes to set up great opportunities for our members.
This year, our esteemed founder and past president David Haskell has chosen to continue on the Board of  Directors for APAP, and past vice president Cody DeLong is working on personal projects, although I suspect we'll see him now and again helping with various shows and paint-outs.

The newly-selected Board of Directors for 2012 are:
Officers
President Sandy Farley, Vice-President Becky Joy, Treasurer Barbara Donahue, and Secretary Mary Lois Brown, and Member-at-Large David Haskell
Committee Chairpersons
Executive Sandy Farley, Shows Becky Joy, Paint-Out Coordinator Cindy Carrillo, Publicity & Marketing Rita Goldner & Jeff Dolan, and Website Sandy Farley
While details for our Annual Juried Members Show in Sedona -- and publicity for that event -- are being worked out, we'd all like to encourage you to step up and volunteer for a task on one of the committees, or for a larger role if you like.  If you can only do single tasks, like baking for the show reception, helping with artwork intake, sitting the show for a few hours, working on the club members' biography book, or other individual tasks, please take a few moments right now to write to one of the Committee Chairs and tell them how you'd like to help.
 
Just like the cactus condo at the top of this blog, there are plenty of places you'd be at home in this organization, and it's just no fun if we don't have you here with us making our organization better for our fellow artists.  If you don't have available time for the show, then how about showing us a wonderful place to paint by hosting a paint-out near you?  It's so easy -- pick your time & place, then tell Cindy, Sandy or Rita, and we'll publicize it for you.  What could be easier?  And what a fun way to meet other Arizona artists!
 
I hope your 2012 is full of promise and fulfillment, and I hope APAP will be part of the reason it's better for you. 
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Join us or renew your membership by checking our Membership Application page on the APAP website: http://tinyurl.com/7v9dqyd