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: .
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.
Welcome to new member Mary Kay Bongianni from Gold Canyon, AZ!  If you'd like more information on joining Arizona Plein Air Painters, visit and select Membership Application on the lefthand menu.

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: .

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
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.