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  Mark paints the dramatic colors of the desert and mountain Southwest.  Check out his website at:  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: and

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 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 (, 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.

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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:  Hope to see you at a paint-out soon, Julia!

Gateway Trailhead wildflowers

Photo courtesy
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.
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.

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.
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
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 (, or by check for $35 made out to Arizona Plein Air Painters, PO Box 26217, Tempe AZ  85208-6217.