Friday, October 10, 2014

Two APAP artists at AIS Show in Denver & A Community Show Opportunity

Congratulations to Christine Debrosky who attended the American Impressionist Society’s show in Denver last week and won the President’s Award for her painting “Gold Coins.”  See more of her work on her website www.christinedebrosky.com.
Christine Debrosky won the AIS Show's prestigious President's Award for her entry "Gold Coins"
APAP member Eric Slayton also juried into the prestigious show, which opened October 2nd at Abend Gallery. His work may be seen at http://www.slaytonfineart.com/ Artwork included in the show can be seen in the AIS Show Catalog: http://www.americanimpressionistsociety.org/show2014/s2014art.html
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Community Show Opportunity in West Phoenix 
Daniel Valladee, Recreation Leader with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, is coordinating a community based art show event in the West Valley. The event is titled, “Conversation Pieces II” and will be hosted at Maryvale Community Center on November 15th, 2014 from 1pm to 5pm. From Daniel: "We are welcoming all art vendors from the community to participate in the event. All art mediums are appreciated, ranging from woodwork and photography to paint and graphic designing. In addition, there will be hands-on art workshops for youth, a tablet giveaway, local artists, and local high school artwork displays. There is NO fee for vendors to participate; it is free of charge. However, each participating art vendor is required to possess a city tax license (more information on this can be found HERE). Vendors have the ability to market and sell their products on-site. Currently, only 20 vendors will be accepted for the event and will be accepted on a “first come, first serve” basis.  If you know any artists who would be interested, please forward this information to them.
"We are very excited in getting the event up and going and even more excited in exposing the Maryvale community to the arts. If interested, please feel free to contact me through the information provided below at your earliest convenience to ensure we reserve the space needed."

Thank you,
 Daniel Valladee
Youth Health Educator
MC-SOS: Teen Outreach Program
Maricopa County Department of Public Health
4041 N. Central Ave #700 Phoenix, AZ 85012
danielvalladee@mail.maricopa.gov  
(C): 602.904.2523
(F): 602.506.6683

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Spectacular September Paint-Outs on Schedule!

Happy September APAP Painters!
A very warm Arizona welcome to new member Jan Oxendale of Sun City. Jan comes to us as a former member of Outdoor Painters of Minnesota! Check out her website at http://www.janoxendale.com, and look for her at an upcoming plein air event.

USPS's newest Hudson River School art stamps feature a Grand Canyon classic by Thomas Moran.Get yours by mail here: https://store.usps.com/store/browse/productDetailSingleSku.jsp?productId=S_689504
Courtesy USPS.com
Here are our newest paint-outs from our intrepid Paint-Out Coordinator, Toni Perrin:

 Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 3 - Wheeler’s Property 40218 N. 78th St., Cave Creek
  • Come to the intersection of Cave Creek and Schoolhouse Rd. (stop sign).
  • North on Schoolhouse to Highland (a right turn only).  Watch carefully for the Highland street sign.
  • Right on Highland to the end of the road.  The road becomes gravel, and somehow leads to or turns into 78th Street.  
The driveway will be on the left and has stone markers.  Drive down the slope cautiously and park. 
Courtesy hikingforthecouchpotato.com
Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 10 - Cave Creek: Jewel Of The Creek
  • Come to the town of Cave Creek.  You will be on Cave Creek Rd., the “main drag” which becomes an east to west route.
  • North on either Spur Cross Rd. or Basin Rd. for a very short distance.  Both roads go north from Cave Creek, and turn only one way onto Grapevine.  Either street will get you there.
  • Follow Grapevine a very short distance to Spur Cross Rd.
  • North on Spur Cross until you see a gravel parking lot on the left.  We will meet there. 
This is a limited hiking opportunity.  Plan to strap your art stuff on your back or wheel it down the road. You can walk a much or as little as you choose.  There’s plenty to see, even from the parking lot. 

Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 17 - Cave Creek Grapevine Location
  • In Cave Creek:
  • Go to the intersection of Galloway and Cave Creek Rd. (Stage Coach Village is just west of Galloway)
  • North on Galloway to T intersection
  • At T intersection, turn right.  You will be going east on Grapevine.
  • Follow Grapevine (winding road, uphill) until you see a large brown house  on the left. 
  • Across from the house (on your right) is a large parking area.  Pull in, set up, and paint.
Views: Black Mountain, wash, cacti, etc.
 Courtesy MiningCampRestaurant.com
Saturday, SEPTEMBER 20 - Mining Camp Restaurant - 6100 E Mining Camp St, Apache Junction -Hunter Spoon, host  - http://www.miningcamprestaurant.com/. 
Hunter will be there at 7 a.m., but you're welcome to come when you like.  APAP members received additional information via email regarding an after-event luncheon.

Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 24 - 128th St & Rio Verde (Tom’s Thumb Trail at the McDowell Sonoran·Preserve)
  • East on Dynamite from the intersection of Pima and Dynamite.  (After going east of Alma School Dynamite is called Rio Verde.)
  • East to 128th St.  This is a dirt/gravel road that has some serious ruts but is negotiable by all vehicles.  Most of the ruts are toward the edge of the road and deep, so drive with caution.
  • Follow this road for several miles until you see a T intersection with signs to parking areas.  Turn left (east) and proceed until you can't go any further.  There will be a large flat area good for turning around.
The parking lots are used by joggers and cyclists.  We want to paint in our own space.  However, if you see something you want to paint, go ahead and stop where you wish.
Hang in there and keep painting outside.  Nature is the best teacher.  

Saturday, August 2, 2014

New August Paint-Outs for Earlybirds!

A warm Arizona welcome to new member, Michelle Wolfe of Flagstaff!   Michelle is an artist and teacher.  Learn more about her work here:  http://wolfegallery.org/

Here are our newest paint-outs from our intrepid Paint-Out Coordinator, Toni Perrin:

Saturday, August 30 -- Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
37615 U.S. Highway 60, three miles west of Superior, AZ
Heather Coen is our hostess.  The park opens at 6 a.m. or whenever you choose to arrive.  (Look for Heather's arrival at 10 a.m.)
Heather is having a solo show at the arboretum from August 1 to September 30th.  
Demo Garden - oil, by Heather Coen
Everyone is invited to a reception with sandwiches and refreshments from 11 am to 1 pm on the 30th.
http://ag.arizona.edu/BTA -- 520-698-2811 recorded information
$7.50 adult admission
Leashed pets o.k.; trails & hiking within the park.

Wednesday Paint-Outs for August
Plan on the weather being "warmish".  Early starts help a lot.  Toni Perrin plans to be on site by 6:30 a.m. but you use your own discretion about time.

August 6 -- Jewel of the Creek
·        Come to the town of Cave Creek.  You will be on Cave Creek Rd., the “main drag,” which becomes an east to west route.
·        North on either Spur Cross Rd. or Basin Rd. for a very short distance.  Both roads go north from Cave Creek, and turn only one way onto Grapevine.  Either street will get you there.
·        Follow Grapevine a very short distance to Spur Cross Rd.
·        Continue to the north end of Spur Cross until you see a gravel parking lot on the left.  There is a stable across from the parking area. We will meet there (Toni will be there at 6 am).

This is a limited hiking opportunity.  Plan to strap your art stuff on your back or wheel it down the road. You can walk a much or as little as you choose.  There’s plenty to see, even from the parking lot.

August 13 -- Bartlett Flats at Bartlett Lake
You need a Tonto Day Pass, or an annual permit, to park there.   The Cave Creek Ranger Station (1/2 mi. on the left after turning off toward the lake) sells permits, and is open from 8:40 - 4:30 Monday-Saturday.  Other locations to purchase day passes are Circle K Stations and the Shell Station at the corner of Tom Darlington and Cave Creek roads. 
Allow Travel Time.  The meeting point is approximately 25 miles from the intersection of Tom Darlington and Cave Creek.  Allow plenty of time to get there (half hour?) and don't push the speed limit.  Sheriff Joe's boys will be waiting for you.  Carefree/Cave Creek speed limit starts out at a whopping 25 mph for a four lane divided highway.  The limit gradually escalates to 50.  Once you hit the 50, you should be fine.  It’s about 30 minutes from the turnoff to the site.
Directions:
       From the intersections of Pima and Cave Creek or Tom Darlington and Cave Creek:
       East on Cave Creek to signs indicating Bartlett Lake.
       Turn right at the signs.  Bear to the right and proceed towards the lake.
       Just before coming to Bartlett Lake, turn left at the sign for Rattlesnake Cove
       Continue on this road (4-5 miles?) to Bartlett Flats, a big concrete parking lot.
       A sign will say “Yellow Cliffs” pointing to the left (north).
       Follow the sandy road to the lake.
       Yellow Cliffs are across the lake.  Park it and paint it. 
Brown's Ranch at McDowell Sonoran Preserve
August 20 – Brown’s Ranch Trailhead -- McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Directions:
                   From the intersection of Dynamite and Pima, east on Dynamite to Alma School Rd. (Stoplight)
                   This is about a mile uphill.  Speed is 50 mph with a traffic camera, so mind your manners.
                   North (left) on Alma School about .9 mile to the park entrance.  Watch for raised pedestrian walkways which act as speed bumps.
                   There are ramadas, restrooms, trails and large vistas.
FYI: The name of the main rock formation is “Goldie’s Butte”.

August 27 -- Dave Wheeler’s Property
40218 N. 78th St. Cave Creek, 85331

                   Come to the intersection of Cave Creek and Schoolhouse Rd. (stop sign)
                   North on Schoolhouse to Highland (a right turn only).  Watch carefully for the Highland street sign.
                   Right on Highland to the end of the road.  The road becomes gravel, and somehow leads to or turns into 78th Street.
                   The driveway will be on the left and has stone markers.  Drive down the slope cautiously and park.
Happy Painting!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hot New July Paint-Outs!

A warm Arizona welcome to new members Suzanne Schleck of Livingston, TX (and Sedona in Winter), & Patrick Harper of Prescott!  We hope to see you both at a paint-out very soon.
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Out intrepid Paint-Out Coordinator Toni Perrin says: “Get up early!  Sunrises range from 5:51 to 6:11.  It's cool then.”
Jewel of the Creek courtesy hikingforthecouchpotato.com

July 2 - Jewel of the Creek 
Map: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/spur_cross/pdf/2012/spur-cross-11x17-3d.pdf
Come to the town of Cave Creek.  You will be on Cave Creek Rd., the “main drag,” which becomes an east to west route.
North on either Spur Cross Rd. or Basin Rd. for a very short distance.  Both roads go north from Cave Creek, and turn only one way onto Grapevine.  Either street will get you there.
Follow Grapevine a very short distance to Spur Cross Rd.
Continue to the north end of Spur Cross until you see a gravel parking lot on the left.  There is a stable across from the parking area. We will meet there (Toni will be there at 6 am).

This is a limited hiking opportunity.  Plan to strap your art stuff on your back or wheel it down the road. You can walk a much or as little as you choose.  There’s plenty to see, even from the parking lot.
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July 9 - Bartlett Lake, Patrick’s Spot #1
You need a Tonto Day Pass or an annual permit to park there.   The Cave Creek Ranger Station (1/2 mi. on the left after turning off toward the lake) sells permits, and is open from 8:40 - 4:30 Monday-Saturday.  Other locations to purchase day passes are Circle K stations and the Shell Station at the corner of Tom Darlington and Cave Creek Roads.
**Allow Travel Time.**
The meeting point is approximately 35 miles from the intersection of Tom Darlington and Cave Creek Rd.  Allow plenty of time to get there and don't push the speed limit.  Sheriff Joe's boys will be waiting for you.  Carefree/Cave Creek speed limit starts out at a whopping 25 mph for a four lane divided highway.  The limit gradually escalates to 50.  Once you hit the 50, you should be fine.  It’s about 30 minutes from the turnoff to the site.
From the intersections of Pima and Cave Creek or Tom Darlington and Cave Creek:
East on Cave Creek to signs indicating Bartlett Lake.
Turn right at the signs.  Bear to the right and proceed toward the lake.
At approximately 16.3 mi. there will be a large parking lot on your right.  DO NOT IN TURN THERE.
Turn left toward Rattlesnake Cove and Bartlett Flats. When you see the entry to Rattlesnake Cove, do not turn in.
Keep going north (straight) up the hill.  Almost at the top of the hill there is a wide gravel area that allows for parking.  Watch out for erosion.
This is our meeting point, this wide dirt parking area just above Bartlett Lake.  
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July 16 - Tonto National Forest: Rio Verde and Forest entry
Tonto Day Pass required.  Circle K stores have day passes.
From the intersection of Pima and Dynamite, or Scottsdale & Dynamite:
East on Dynamite.  The name will change to Rio Verde just east of Alma School road.
Follow Rio Verde to the end, a T intersection with Forest Rd.  The entrance to the park is on the left.
Turn left into the entrance and follow the road all the way to the end.  You will see standing boulders and the river.
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Saturday, July 19 - Humphrey's Trail Parking Lot at the Arizona Snowbowl, Flagstaff
Humphrey's Peak Trail courtesy USFS

Diane Scholar, our host for this paint-out, has selected the Humphrey's Trail Parking Lot at the Arizona Snowbowl.  There are long scenic views of mountains, close up views of aspen and spruce and perhaps wildflowers if we get some rain before then.
Humphrey's Peak Trail courtesy US Forest Service
Take I-17 into Flagstaff which becomes Milton.  Watch for Butler Street.
After Butler Street, get into the left lane.
Turn left at Humphreys St. (traffic light here).
Take Humphreys to Fort Valley Road (Rt. 180).
Drive approximately 6+ miles to Snowbowl Rd.
Turn right onto Snowbowl Rd.
As you approach the Snowbowl property take the left turn into the parking lot, Humphrey's Trail.
You can see plenty to paint from the parking lot, but may want to walk a bit.  Explore.  There is tall grass - uneven ground - so wear good closed shoes.
Diane will be there at 8 am.  Look for her silver Honda Pilot.  
Bring snacks and lots of water to drink.  Hat, sunscreen and light jacket are suggested.  This is alpine weather.  Porta Pottys are available....ah, joy!
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July 23 - Dave Wheeler’s Property - 40218 N. 78th St., Cave Creek
Come to the intersection of Cave Creek and Schoolhouse Rd. (stop sign)
North on Schoolhouse to Highland (a right turn only).  Watch carefully for the Highland street sign.
Right on Highland to the end of the road.  The road becomes gravel, and somehow leads to or turns into 78th Street.
The driveway will be on the left and has stone markers.  Drive down the slope cautiously and park.  
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July 30 - Tom Van Dyke’s Ranch in Cave Creek
From the intersection of Cave Creek and Schoolhouse Rd. (stop sign)
North on Schoolhouse Rd. 1 mile to Arroyo
Left (west) on Arroyo
Second ranch driveway on right (has a stone gate).

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Annual Members' Exhibition Award Winners Announced

A warm APAP welcome to returning member and fabulous artist Christine Debrosky (http://christinedebrosky.com)!  Take a look at her wonderful work.  Christine teaches workshops, and you can find out more about them on her website, too.
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Congratulations to our Annual Members' Exhibition winners:

1st Place: E.C. Wynne "Pria River"
2nd Place: Matt Sterbenz "After The Rain"
3rd Place: Kathy Howard "Chapel At Greasewood"
Honorable Mentions (in alpha order):
Martha Goodrich "It's Been Dry"
Kadi Love "On A Cloudy Day"
Marsha Owen "Lake Irwin Summer"
Beth Ray "Shelter of the Santa Ritas"
G. Eric Slayton "Another Abandoned Homestead"
Marla Smith "Granite Mountain Evening"

Bob Dalegowski entertains one of the many visitors to the MAG Gallery reception May 23rd.

Bill Cramer and Kathy Howard pose for a shot with her 3rd Place pastel painting.
Many thanks to our intrepid organizers, Diane Scholar and Gary Binder, who spent many behind-the-scenes hours on this show and our lovely artists' reception at the Mountain Artists' Guild Gallery in Prescott.  The reception was packed, and we were treated like royalty by the gallery staff.  Also, our thanks to Bill Cramer for jurying and judging our contest.  He told us he had a very difficult time choosing, as so much of the submitted artwork was excellent.  Our cash awards and prizes totaled more than $1000 this year, and we're expecting to offer more at next year's show, so please don't miss out.
The show runs through June 18 at Mountain Artists' Guild Gallery, 228 Alarcon St., Prescott AZ.
http://www.mountainartistsguild.org/spotlightroom.html
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Variety and beauty beckons artists​ at Boyce Thompson Arboretum (c) Heather Coen
Heather Coen invites APAP artists to come paint with her in the Hummingbird Garden at Boyce Thompson Arboretum on Tuesday, May 27, from 8 am to 10 am.  According to Heather, "It’s so close and convenient for anyone to get to; even visitors in wheelchairs only have a short distance downhill from the visitor center. It's also shadier and cooler there.  I'll bring a few samples of scenes I've painted from my most recent two visits, and other artists are invited to join me."

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Delicious! APAP Painters enjoy a full plate of Paint-Outs & Classes!

We have a new paint out scheduled for Friday, May 9th with Heather Coen at Boyce Thompson Arboretum (see details below).  I'm pleased to report that members’ paintings have been juried, and acceptance letters for our May/June show at Mountain Artists’ Guild Gallery will be sent out soon, so keep your fingers crossed.  Also, Bill Cramer’s June 20-21 Plein Air Workshop is full, but if you’re still interested, please email us arizonapleinairpainters (at) gmail.com to be added to the wait list in case of cancellations.

Gateway Trailhead courtesy McDowellSonoran.org

Wednesday, April 9: Gateway Trailhead, McDowell Sonoran Preserve
18333 E. Thompson Peak Parkway.
From the west or the south:
The Gateway Trailhead is located at 18333 E. Thompson Peak Parkway, one half mile north of Bell Road.  Come to the intersection of Bell and Thompson Peak Pkwy.  Go north on Thompson Peak Pkwy.  The park is on the east side of Thompson Peak Pkwy.
Coming from the north:
Come to the intersection of Legacy and Pima.  Go east on Legacy to Thompson Peak Pkwy.  South (right) on Thompson Peak Pkwy. to the site.
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Bulldog Canyon courtesy Wunderland.com

Wednesday, April 16:  Bulldog Canyon Gate A
Route A. From Fountain Hills:

  • From the intersection of Shea Blvd and SR 87 go North.  This is a left turn if you are going east on Shea Blvd.
  • Follow SR 87 about 8 miles to Bush Hwy. 
  • Turn right (east) on Bush Hwy.,  (overpass exit) and proceed past the Marina and the cliffs (Water Usage Area).
  • Just past the bridge, on the left side, is a parking area, a gate, and a large sign.  This is the entrance to Bulldog.

Route B.  From the south or the west:

  • Take Loop 202 east to Power Road.
  • From the intersection of L202 and Power Road, turn left (north).
  • Power Road becomes Bush Highway.  Follow this to the entrance, a gravel parking area on the right.  If you go over the bridge, you went too far. 

You need Bulldog permits for each car if you plan to drive in.  You should get them anyway.  This is a free 6 month permit with gate codes.  Permits for Bulldog are available from the ranger station at 5140 E. Ingram St., Mesa AZ. 480-610-3300.  Walkers and passengers do not need Bulldog permits, but drivers must have them.  All persons entering should have a Tonto pass.
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Lost Dutchman State Park (c) Sandy Farley

Saturday, April 19 Lost Dutchman State Park (Cholla Day Use Ramada is reserved 7:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m.)  
6109 N Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ
You will need to buy a $9.00 day pass, or an annual State Park pass, purchased at the gate. These cover 4 adults to a vehicle.
Camping is available at this location.
http://azstateparks.com/Parks/LODU/index.html  (480) 982-4485
Sandy Farley, host
DIRECTIONS:
·        Loop 101 to US 60.
·        US 60 east to Idaho Rd exit
·        North (left) to SR 88 (past Apache Trail and before University Drive)
·        Right (north) on SR 88 to Lost Dutchman State Park (about 5 miles.)
·        The entrance is on the right (east).
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Friday, May 9 -- Boyce Thompson Arboretum – 8 am
37615 U.S. Highway 60 Superior, AZ 85173
Free admission for May 9th, National Public Gardens Day
http://www.pr.state.az.us/Parks/BOTH/index.html  (520) 689-2723

Heather Coen at Boyce Thompson Arboretum
DIRECTIONS:
·        From Phoenix: East on US 60 toward Superior.  Turn right at milepost #223.
·        From Tucson: Take Oracle Road north, turn left at SR 79 and continue through and past Florence to US 60, then turn right and continue 12 miles east.
Friday, May 9 -- 8:00 am to Noon (official) and you are free to stay all afternoon.
Heather will give a talk entitled “Plein Air, Plein Talk” at 8:00 am in the Eucalyptus Garden with the rest of the morning for plein air painting. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is celebrating National Public Gardens Day
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UPCOMING CLASSES WITH APAP ARTISTS

Julie Gilbert Pollard will be teaching a class at Scottsdale Artists’ School on Thursday, April 17, 2014 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuition - $90.00
Skill Level - All levels
Medium – Watercolor/Water-Media
Watercolor on Canvas and Other Non-Traditional Supports (One Day)
Watercolor on canvas – new to you? Explore techniques to conquer this challenging watercolor support that allows framing without glass or mat. Painting methods – some traditional, some not so much – will be presented, which lend themselves to multi-media canvas, clay board, etc., or paper – your choice! Landscape scenes will be used for the demo paintings and a photo will be provided for your use, but you are always welcome to paint from your own reference material whenever you wish. There will be demos, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all!
Register on the SAS website, http://scottsdaleartschool.org/.
Impatiens by the Creek   
Watercolor on canvas coated with Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground
Julie Gilbert Pollard
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John Yerden & Mark Christopher are teaching a one-day workshop on Sunday, April 27th.  Please contact John for more information:yerdenart(at)johnyerden.com.
Click on image to enlarge
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Cyndi Thau will teach a Glazing Crash Course at the Sedona Arts Center
April 28, May 1, 5 & 8, 2014 5:30 - 8:30 pm (Evening class)
$120 for non-members of the Sedona Arts Center / $108 for Members of the Sedona Arts Center

Cocktail
Cyndi Thau
Color, Light, Shadow and Translucency -  These are the ingredients that we will work with to create a beautiful painting for you to take home. Our subject will be flowers and using the glazing technique we will apply thin layer upon layer of oil paint to achieve the depth and translucency associated with all things in nature.  Students will be taught how to choose a composition, transfer it to the canvas and then begin the process of laying in color.
Go to www.sedonaartscenter.org. Click on Weekly Classes   Scroll down for class information and to register.   

Monday, March 24, 2014

3 New Members & APAP Artists' Plein Air Workshops

A very warm welcome to our new members: Doug Bradley of Glendale, Jacklyn Karabaich of Leavenworth, Kansas, and Barbara Perkins of Prescott.  Hope to see you all soon at a paint-out!
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Upcoming Member Workshops:
Heather Coen is holding a plein air painting workshop in the Australian section at Boyce Thompson Arboretum on Saturday, April 5th.  Call 520-689-2723 for additional information.
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Michael Chesley Johnson is looking for one or two more students for his April 8-11 plein air "retreat"  in Sedona. Intermediate-advanced students, any medium. Four days (Tue-Fri), 9-1 each day. Lodging option is $50/night. Can't make the Plein Air Convention in California? Come to Sedona!  For more information, visit http://paintsedona.com/sched.html.
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John Yerden & Mark Christopher are teaching a one-day workshop on Sunday, April 27th.  Please contact John for more information: yerdenart@johnyerden.com.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

APAP Wednesday, March 5th Paintout, and Other Goodies


A very warm welcome to our newest member, Mark White of Casa Grande.  You can see Mark's colorful landscapes on his website at: http://markwhiteart.com/.  Looking forward to seeing you at a paint-out soon, Mark!
 
Photo courtesy greasewoodflat.net
Wednesday, March 5
Greasewood Flats
Greasewood Flats is an outdoor bar with a large parking area.  Artists are permitted to paint in the parking area and in the far parts of the bar area.  However, they may only carry in bottled water into the premises.Bar rules: Nothing taken in; nothing taken out.  Bottled water excepted.
 
Greasewood Flats offers a very limited menu: burgers, veggie burgers (on request), hotdogs, and chili.  They open at 11 a.m.  Amenities: Restrooms, lots of stuff to paint, great views, an old truck, old architecture, view of Pinnacle Peak, desert foliage, and two old jackasses (four legged variety). 

Directions from the north:
  • East on Dynamite Rd to Alma School Parkway (stoplight).  This is about a mile uphill.  Speed is 50 mph with a traffic camera, so mind your manners.
  • South (right) on Alma School Parkway for about .07 mile.
  • Sharp left turn right after Reata Pass Steakhouse building.
  • The entrance is poorly marked, so slow way down.
  • Left through the gate (15 mph) to the parking lot. 
Directions from the south: 
  • Take the North Pima Road exit off the Loop 101.
  • North on Pima Road to Happy Valley Road.
  • East (right) on Happy Valley Rd. (about 2.5 miles) to Alma School Road (4-way stop).
  • North (left) on Alma School Rd. (this turns into Alma School Parkway north of Jomax Rd) about 1.1 mi. to Greasewood Flats.
  • Turn sharply right down hill into parking lot.
  • The entrance is poorly marked.  If you miss it, turn around in the Reata Pass parking area and try again.
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Saturday, March 8 Glendale "Paris In Spring"
APAP artists are asked to paint 10 am to 4 pm in Catlin Court and the Old Towne districts, and may sell small works where they set up, with a permit.  We're getting mentioned by name in Glendale-area newspapers and social media, so if you want to paint, just show up!
IMPORTANT: If you plan to sell on site, obtain a temporary sales permit by going to these sites:https://www.glendaleaz.com/taxandlicense/TemporaryLicense.cfm andhttps://www.glendaleaz.com/taxandlicense/documents/TransientApplication.pdf.
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Hey, don't forget that our annual show entry deadline is fast approaching!!  March 15th is your deadline for this year's awesome APAP Members' Juried Exhibition at the Mountain Artists' Guild Gallery in beautiful Prescott!  Everything you need to know is right here: http://www.tinyurl.com/APAPEvents.  Also, don't forget to reserve your spot in Bill Cramer's workshop in June - space is limited!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Paris In Spring Date Change & More Art Events Coming!

A very warm welcome to our newest members John Yerden of Phoenix and Mark White of Casa Grande.  John is an accomplished landscape and figural artist – check out his website at http://johnyerden.com/.  Mark paints the dramatic colors of the desert and mountain Southwest.  Check out his website at: http://markwhiteart.com/  Hope to see you at a paint-out very soon, gentlemen!

****PLEASE NOTE **** Date has changed to Saturday, March 8th! 

Lorraine Pino, Manager of the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau, says Glendale’s downtown business owners are excited to know APAP artists will paint at their March 8th event, “Paris In Spring.”  APAP artists are asked to paint 10 am to 4 pm in Catlin Court and the Old Towne districts, and may sell small works where they set up, with a permit.  If you want to paint, just show up!  If you plan to sell on site, obtain a temporary sales permit by going to these sites: https://www.glendaleaz.com/taxandlicense/TemporaryLicense.cfm and https://www.glendaleaz.com/taxandlicense/documents/TransientApplication.pdf.

Arizona artists are invited to “ART IS ALIVE” Arts & Cultural Festival, Arts & Cultural Festival, March 28 – 30, 2014, in the city of Surprise.  APAP members should check your email for the attached prospectus.

Louise Sackett of Black Range Artists, Inc. has extended an invitation to APAP artists to participate in their 3-day plein air event in October 8-11, 2014, which will be followed by a show in Deming NM.  You may paint anywhere in southern New Mexico and Southeastern Arizona during this event.  Proceeds from commissions at the show in Deming, NM benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.  Check their website at http://www.blackrangeart.com/ for the prospectus and details.

Matt Sterbenz's "Best of Show" winner
Congratulations once again to Matt Sterbenz who took home the $1000 Best of Show Purchase Award at Casa Grande’s Annual Plein Air Event February 22nd!  Matt won 2nd Place at Glendale’s "A Chocolate Affaire" Plein Air Competition Feb. 8th.  He’s on a roll!

Time’s running out to renew your membership, if you haven’t already done so.  We’ll be culling our e-mailing list March 16, and you won’t want to miss out on all the fun coming up.  You can safely renew online via Paypal (http://tinyurl.com/APAP2014Membership), or by check for $35 made out to Arizona Plein Air Painters, PO Box 26217, Tempe AZ  85208-6217.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

BILL CRAMER "PRESCOTT PLEIN AIR” Two-Day Plein Air Workshop June 20-21, 2014!

This will be an enjoyable and intense two day workshop involving painting landscapes on-site in the Prescott area.

We will learn the advantages of plein air painting, as well as the various approaches to working on-site and how to efficiently compose and complete plein air paintings.

Emphasis will be placed on how to effectively translate the often complex three-dimensional landscape onto a two-dimensional plane using thumbnail sketches,limited palettes and the thoughtful use of colors, values, shapes, edges and textures. Further emphasis will be placed on the creative process to make paintings that are more than strict representations of the landscape we see. Multiple demonstrations will be complemented by individual attention and group learning.

Locations in the Prescott area and times to be announced.

Students of all abilities are welcomed. All students should have a basic familiarity with their equipment and the painting medium of their choice.

TUITION: $230 APAP members; $265 non-members (includes membership through Dec. 2014).

To hold your place in this class, mail deposit check of $50 for APAP members; $85 for non-members. Make check payable to Arizona Plein Air Painters.  Balance is due by June 1, 2014. Your cancelled check is your confirmation.

Send to:
SCHOLAR/WORKSHOP
5646 E ACOMA DRIVE
SCOTTSDALE AZ 85254

ABOUT BILL CRAMER

Bill Cramer grew up in southern California and always had an interest in exploring nature and creating art. As an experienced rock climber he spent much of his youth enjoying the more vertical places of the American West. This gave him a perspective of the world that few others would ever experience. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University at Long Beach with a B.A. in Fine Art, Drawing and Painting. He and his wife Michelle moved to Prescott and here is where Bill discovered the joys and challenges of landscape painting.

Bill states, "I truly enjoy the essential act of laying down paint -- especially on location. I look for a balance between the actual scene and my reaction to it; not to paint precisely what I see, but to paint what I want the viewer to see. Any landscape worth painting is more than the obvious visual elements. The push of an evening breeze, the feel of sun baked sandstone, the scent of sagebrush or the sound of a raven suddenly overhead are examples of the many unseen elements that inform my work. I am satisfied when a painting is as rich as the landscape that inspired it."

Most recent Shows, Competitions and Awards--(from a long list):
Sedona Arts Center's Annual Juried Membership Exhibit (2014) Best of Show & 1st Place Oils
Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational (2013) Artist's Choice and Purchase Awards
Phippen Western Art Show (2013) 1st place in oils & Best of Show
Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational (2012) two Purchase Awards
Sedona Plein Air (2012) Poster Award
Grand Canyon Plein Air on the Rim (2012) Artists' Choice Award
Telluride Plein Air (2012) Best of Show 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Join APAP Painters at McDowell Sonoran Preserve Feb 15th!

A very warm welcome to new member Julia Patterson of Cave Creek.  Julia is a marvelous pastelist who is represented by On The Edge Gallery in Scottsdale and Manos Gallery in Tubac.  Learn more about her by visiting her website: http://www.juliapattersonart.com.  Hope to see you at a paint-out soon, Julia!
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Gateway Trailhead wildflowers

Photo courtesy McDowellSonoran.org
February 15 --  McDowell Sonoran Preserve (Gateway Trailhead)   Toni Perrin, host
18333 E. Thompson Peak Parkway,  Scottsdale AZ
From the west or the south:
•  Gateway Trailhead, 18333 E. Thompson Peak Parkway is one half mile north of the intersection of Bell Rd. and Thompson Peak Pkwy.
•  Go north on Thompson Peak Pkwy. to Gateway (east side of the street).
From the north:
•  Come to the intersection of Legacy and Pima.
•  Go east on Legacy to Thompson Peak Pkwy.
•  South (right) on Thompson Peak Pkwy. to the site.

Please check in with Toni at the Preserve beginning at 8:30 am.  She will be teaching a class, but you will not disturb her.  Just interrupt and sign in.  She will be taking photos for the Preserve's web site.

Plan to paint/demo from 9 am until noon.  If you finish early, you need not stay the duration.  Bring cards, brochures, and some paper for adding new customer e-mails with you.  Although we may not sell our work on the premises, we can establish a wider presence for APAP, Sonoran Arts League, and ourselves as individuals.   This is a very popular place (often crowds) and the trails are easy.
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Congratulations to APAP artists Cindy Rosen and Matt Sterbenz who took Best of Show and Second Place respectively in last weekend’s Plein Air Event in Glendale’s annual A Chocolate Affaire!  Here are their winning plein air works:

Cynthia Rosen's Best of Show winner at Glendale's annual Plein Air Event. 

Of Matt Sterbenz's 2 wonderful entries, this one took 2nd Place honors.

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The City of Glendale was so pleased with the response from APAP members to its call for artists at A Chocolate Affaire, they’ve invited us to paint at their March 1st event, “Paris In Spring.”  APAP artists are asked to paint 10 am to 4 pm in Catlin Court and the Old Towne districts.
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Don’t forget the deadline for our 2014 Annual Member’s Exhibition is coming up March 15th!  For dates and a downloadable prospectus and entry form, visit our Events page at http://www.tinyurl.com/APAPEvents.
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It’s time to renew your membership, if you haven’t already done so.  We’ll be culling our e-mailing list March 16, and you won’t want to miss out on all the fun coming up.  You can safely renew online via Paypal (http://tinyurl.com/APAP2014Membership), or by check for $35 made out to Arizona Plein Air Painters, PO Box 26217, Tempe AZ  85208-6217.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Come Paint With The Wednesday Painters January 29th!

Wednesday Artists:

I am hoping to give more people an opportunity to enjoy group painting outdoors.  Everyone join in.  If you are not an APAP member, paint with them anyway.  You may want to join the club.  Check back for  new, upcoming Wednesday paint-outs here.
Bulldog Canyon (c) Wunderground.com

Wednesday, January 29 -- Bulldog Canyon (You need a Bulldog Canyon Permit to drive in.)  
Route A. From Fountain Hills:
From the intersection of Shea Blvd. and SR87 go North.  This is a left turn if you are going east on Shea.
Follow SR87 about 8 miles to Bush Hwy.
Turn right (east) on Bush Hwy. (overpass exit) and proceed past the Marina and the cliffs (Water Usage Area).
Just past the bridge, on the left side, is a parking area, a gate, and a large sign.  This is the entrance to Bulldog.

Route B. From the south or the west.
Take Loop 202 east to Power Road.
From the intersection of L202 and Power Road, turn left (north).
Power Road becomes Bush Highway.  Follow this to the entrance, a gravel parking area on the right.  If you go over the bridge, you went too far.

You need Bulldog permits if you plan to drive in.  You should get them anyway.  This is a free 6 month permit with gate codes.  Permits for Bulldog are available from the Mesa District Ranger Station at 5140 E. Ingram St., Mesa AZ 85205 / Telephone: 480-610-3300.  You can also apply online at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/passes-permits/other/?cid=stelprdb5348179.

Walkers and passengers do not need Bulldog permits, but drivers must have them.  All persons entering should have a Tonto pass.  All cars can make it into Bulldog at least part of the way.

I hope to see you there.  Please R.S.V.P. positive only.  I need to know if you will be there so that I am not waiting near the gate in vain.  The area is gated, and I do not want to wait for people who will not show.  If you plan to come later, I can email you the gate combination.
Toni Perrin  Email: ToniPerrinStudio (at) iCloud.com

Friday, January 24, 2014

Call for Entries - 2014 Juried Membership Show

Warmest welcome to our newest members, Laurel Bushman and Debra Rutherford!  Laurel winters in Arizona from Oregon.  Check out her website here: http://www.laurelbushman.com.  Debra is a full-time resident and joined us at our recent Brown’s Ranch Trailhead Paint-Out.  Learn more about her here: http://debrarutherford.fineartstudioonline.com.

Award-winning artist Bill Cramer is this year's juror.
Our 2014 Juried Membership Show Prospectus & Entry Form is now available!  You’ll find these along with 2 sets of great tips and resources for preparing your digital photographs for entry (thanks to Arizona Pastel Artists Association for sharing) on our website at http://www.tinyurl.com/APAPEvents. Our juror is award-winning artist and teacher Bill Cramer!  Cash prizes and great items from our sponsors are included in awards offered this year - you won't want to miss this event.  Download the Prospectus for more information.  Deadline for entries is March 15th!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year! Let's Go Paint!

Hello APAP artists.  Happy New Year!
Our first paint-out this Winter is on schedule for January 18.  You'll generally find me on site by 7:30 a.m., catching the early morning light.  Your start-up time is 9 a.m. or whenever.  Come join me earlier if you wish.
Toni Perrin, APAP Paint-Out Coordinator


A view from Brown's Ranch, courtesy of equitrekking.com/

Saturday, January 18, 2014
BROWN’S RANCH TRAILHEAD
McDowell Sonoran Preserve, North Scottsdale AZ
Directions for out-of-towners:

  • I 17 to the Carefree exit.
  • East on Carefree Blvd. to Cave Creek Rd.  
  • When you pass the intersection of Dynamite and Cave Creek, watch your speed.  Speed on east Dynamite is 50 mph with a traffic camera, so mind your manners.
  • East on Dynamite to Alma School Rd. (Only stoplight east of Pima Rd.)
  • North (left) on Alma School about .9 mile to the park entrance.  Watch for raised pedestrian walkways which act as "mega" speed bumps.

There are ramadas, restrooms, trails and large vistas.
The name of the main rock formation is “Goldie’s Butte”.
Lunch opportunities are nearby, or bring your own.
A little history of Brown’s Ranch with photos: http://www.equitrekking.com/articles/entry/the-history-of-brown-ranch-and-its-preservation-legacy-in-arizona/
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It’s time to renew your membership, if you haven’t already done so.  You can safely renew online via Paypal (http://tinyurl.com/APAP2014Membership), or by check for $35 made out to Arizona Plein Air Painters, PO Box 26217, Tempe AZ  85208-6217.  Looking forward to sharing another wonderful year of paint-outs and shows with you!