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:
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:
For more information, contact Susan Alexander at (520)270-6351.
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)

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: .
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: ., complete it and follow directions to join. Looking forward to meeting you!

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)


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
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) 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
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) More details to come.
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.
If you have a kudo, photo, show or event you'd like to share with our readers, please send your information to arizonapleinairpainters(at)

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!

  • 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.
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: or visit APAP's website at .

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:
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. 
Join us or renew your membership by checking our Membership Application page on the APAP website: