Sunday, June 30, 2013

APAP Artists Busy With National & Local Shows

Six current APAP artists are included in the upcoming Verde Artist Challenge Exhibition, slated to open at Manheim Gallery, 747 E Main Street in Cottonwood.  Mary Lois Brown, Cindy Carrillo, Robert Dalegowski, founding member Barbara Donahue, Rita Elkins, and Michael Chesley Johnson joined APAP founding member Cody DeLong and others in the three-day Verde River rafting/camping/painting adventure during April that resulted in the show’s artwork.  Artists’ Reception is July 27, 5 pm to 8 pm, and the show runs through August 27. Learn more here:

Marla Smith has been accepted into the Women Artists of the West show in Estes Park, Colorado, with her painting titled "Prairie Sky."   Opening reception is July 6, and the show runs through July 28.  The show is held at the Cultural Arts Council of Estes Parks Fine Art Gallery, 423 W. Elkhorn Ave.  Stop by if you are in the area.

 "Prairie Sky" - Marla Smith

Marla also juried into the Online Associate Show with the American Women Artists.  You can view the show on AWA’s Flickr page:

New Wave Fine Art Products' new disposable grey palette pad - perfect for plein air painters!

Here's something new you might want to check out:
New Wave Fine Art Products - a supporter of Arizona Plein Air Painters (awesome Pennsylvania Amish-handcrafted wood palettes) has a new disposable mid-grey palette pad that's sealed on 3 sides so the individual pages won't blow around in windy conditions.  They're shaped ergonomically to fit your body just like their other palettes, but these are disposable and perfect for plein air artists!  New Wave also sells a rectangular version of these disposable palettes for folks who prefer to keep their working paint layout on their plein air easel in front of them.

Here's a July 2013 coupon from another supporter of APAP artists, Arizona Art Supply.  Remember to mention you're a member of APAP to get a 10% discount on your entire purchase in Arizona Art Supply stores throughout the state - all year long!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

APAP's First Membership Show at Arizona Art Alliance Gallery Coming October 2013

Arizona Art Alliance Gallery will host Arizona Plein Air Painters’ Fall Membership Show Oct 2 through 13, 2013.  A Meet & Greet Artists’ Reception is slated for Friday, October 4, 5-7 PM.
Arizona Art Alliance Gallery (photo courtesy East Valley Tribune)
The gallery is a beautifully carpeted and granite-tiled 6,600 sq foot jewel located at The Scottsdale Pavilions at 9011 E. Indian Bend, Suite E-1, on the south side of the street, west of Loop 101. 

Juror Donna Adamec Levine
Our Juror is Donna Adamec Levine
Donna has been painting for over 50 years and teaching drawing, painting, sculpture and print-making for 40 years. She has taught college and adult recreation as well as children’s classes. She regularly conducts critique for the Sonoran Arts League in Scottsdale.  Levine has a MFA in painting which she completed in Florence, Italy.  She now exhibits regularly in Arizona and her work is in collections throughout the United States. 

Current members are welcome to submit 1 or 2 entries in this juried plein air-only show.  Entry deadline is August 15.  Download the prospectus/entry form here:

Friday, June 14, 2013

APAP Board of Directors Selects New Officers

Niamh Savani & Brian Cote have been appointed as Arizona Plein Air Painters’ newest Board of Directors Secretary & Treasurer, respectively.

Niamh (pronounced “Neve”) Savani replaces outgoing Secretary Mary Lois Brown, who continues to serve on the BOD.  Brian Cote (pronounced “Co-tay”) replaces outgoing APAP Founding Member and Treasurer Barbara Donahue, who also will continue as a Board member. 

Niamh is a high school art teacher and plein air enthusiast living in Gilbert.  She’s been active in a number of local art exhibits and paint-outs.

Brian is a lifelong artist, and currently manages a popular restaurant in Tempe.  Learn more about him on his website at

Both new officers bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to their respective positions, and will adeptly carry forward the vision, energy and mission of Arizona Plein Air Painters.

The Board and members of APAP wish to thank Mary Lois and Barbara for their extraordinary service to the members of this organization, and for many, many hours of behind-the-scenes work on our behalf.

The Board of Directors also would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to APAP’s first President and Founding Member David Haskell.  Dave has resigned his position on the BOD after serving since the club’s inception in 2007.  Congratulations, David, on your many successes and best wishes as new opportunities open to you!  By the way, Dave will be participating in the prestigious Grand Canyon Festival of Art this year, beginning Sept 13, 2013.  More about that in upcoming news.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Shows and Paint-Outs Are Still Hot in Arizona

New Mexico's Finest, 16x20 oil on panel by Geri Acosta is showing now at Tucson's Skyline Country Club

A warm welcome to our newest member, Kyle Rafferty of Phoenix! Meet Kyle at an upcoming paint-out.

We are glad to applaud the election of Lois Griffel as the newest Master Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society. Lois brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in Impressionist painting. From Lois’s website: “Once you enter the glorious world of Impressionist color, you will never go back. My eyes were opened to seeing “the light” by the great artist and teacher, Henry Hensche. Hensche dedicated his life’s work to the principles of Impressionism and did not consider it a separate painting approach. I believe, as he did, that Impressionism is the universal foundation of beautiful color in all contemporary painting today. Charles Hawthorn said: ‘Anything under the sun is beautiful if you have the vision.’ It is a great privilege for me to pass this vision on to you.” Lois was a student of Hensche and in 1986 was given the great honor of succeeding Hensche, becoming the third director of the Cape Cod School of Arts. The school was established by Hawthorne in 1899. You can learn more about Lois on her website,

Geri Acosta is showing her latest work at the Skyline Country Club, 5200 N. St Andrews in Tucson (  Her work will hang with that of three other artists’ from June 8th through Sept 6th.  Reception is June 13th at 6 pm, with complimentary hors d'oeuvres, wine samplings, and cash bar.

Eric Slayton is exhibiting his work with other notable artists at the Mountain Artist Guild Gallery in Prescott through November 1st

Thanks to Diane Scholar and Toni Perrin who hosted the June 8 paint-out at the Arboretum at Flagstaff.  Participating members included Nori Thorne, Karen Petrovich, Diane Scholar, Toni Perrin, Kyle Rafferty, Bob Dalegowski, Roger Grulke, Martha Goodrich, Rita Elkins and Barbara Donahue.  Paintings from the paint-out are for sale and will hang at the Arboretum through July 2nd.

If you have news to share, please send it to me at arizonapleinairpainters (at)  Information on upcoming paint-outs will be sent soon.  If you’d like to join in the fun with the Wednesday Paint-Outs at various locations around the state, contact Toni Perrin at toniperrinstudio (at)