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The Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) is a professional association of artists dedicated to the business of preserving and promoting painting "en plein air" - in the open air or outdoors.

PAPNM provides regular opportunities for members to paint together during frequent "paint outs" and hosts juried and open exhibitions of members' work.

David Mayer 1st Place, 2022 Winter Wonderland Contest.
Erik Speyer 2nd Place (tied) 2022 Winter Wonderland Contest.
Carole Belliveau 2nd Place (tied) 2022 Winter Wonderland Contest
TIED FOR FIRST. Michele Byrne. 2021 Color Passages Online Contest- Aspen Vista - SOLD
TIED FOR FIRST. Liz Bartlett Culp. 2021 Color Passages Online Contest"
TIED FOR SECOND. Garcia Loehr, 2021 Color Passages Online Contest , 25. Autumn Wanes -
TIED FOR SECOND. Deanne Kroll. 2021 Color Passages Online Contest. 52, Golden Hour.
Barbara Coleman, BEST OF SHOW, 13th Nat'l Juried Members Exhibition. SOLD. From the Bridge
Jane Chapin BEST OF SIGNATURE MEMBERS. 13th Nat'l Juried Members Exhibition, Chalten Glacier
Chris Morel. BEST OF ARTIST MEMBERS. 13th Nat'l Juried Members Exhibition. Above Valdez
David Knox, Quick Draw First Place. 2021 Taos Plein Air.
Jean Zimmerman. Shimmering Aspens Award- 2021 Taos Plein Air.
Lee MacLeod, Historic Masters Award 2021 Taos Plein Air
Michele Farrier, Best of Show, 2021 Taos Plein Air
Stephanie West FIRST PLACE, 2021 Summer Online Contest.
Richard Szkutnik. Third Place, 2021 Summer Online Contest.
Carole Belliveau, Second Place, 2021 Summer Online Contest.
Lisa Flynn. 1st Place. 2021 Signs of Spring Contest.
Chris Morel. 2nd Place. 2021 Signs of Spring Contest.
Madina Croce. 3rd Place 2021 Signs of Spring Contest.
John Meister, 1st Place, 2021 Jemez Springs Paint Out and Show
Michele Byrne, 2nd Place, 2021 Jemez Springs Paint Out and Show.
Carole Belliveau, 3rd Place, 2021 Jemez Springs Paint Out and Show

Member Benefits

Beginners Welcome!

  1. Outdoor - Paint Outs
  2. Events - some with workshops and demos.
  3. Online Contests
  4. Member profile page 
  5. Share your work and Biography.
  6. Members Only page (must be logged on to view on menu or to access page)
  7. Mentorship Program (must be logged on)

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2022 Plein Air Events

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September


Scheduled
Taos Oct 28-Nov 10


Painting in Plein Air

Continuing the legacy of painting outdoors, members enjoy oils, pastels, watercolor and drawing. We have something for everyone to enjoy.

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Paint Outs

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PACE Juried Slideshow

Paintings at the Plein Air Convention: Album  

More info

Joe Anna Arnette, Yellow Rose Study, Oil, $1400.
Peggy Immel, DEMO, Flash of Gold, 16x10, $700.SOLD. 100% Proceeds to PAPNM.
Paul Murray, pastel. 14x14” $1,950
Dick Wimberly Nambe Arroyo Gate oil 12" x 16" $1,150.00
Deanne Kroll Running Eagle Falls Oil on Linen Canvas 16" x 11" $875.00
Jim Lusk In the foothills Oil on panel 9" x 12" $700.00
Joshua Lance Santa Fe Lights Oil 16" x 20" $950.00
Maggie Robinson â Whose Woods These Areâ Oil on canvas board 9" x 12" $550.00
Richie Vios Santa Elena Watercolor 11" x 14" $800.00
Linda Wells Leafless Pastel 16" x 12" $750.00
Kathleen Reilly Almost Spring Oil 9" x 12" $600.00
Stephanie West FLOWERING FIELD UNDER TAOS MOUNTAINS oil 9" x 12" $325.00. SOLD
Lee MacLeod Dry Wash oil 6" x 8" $400 .SOLD.
Chris Morel August Blumenschein (w/o signature) Oil on Linen Canvas 14" x 11" $2,200.00
Suzanne Morris Summer Snow" oil 12" x 16" $995.00
Bill Meuser Plaza Stroll Oil 12" x 9" $600.00
David Mayer The Colors of Gallisteo Basin New Mexico Oil 9" x 12" $950.00
Erik Speyer Near Caldera Watercolor 9" x 12" $600.00
Michele Byrne Morning Light on the Mesa Oil on Linen Panel 18" x 18" $2,600.00
Phyllis Gunderson Pedernal Oil 8" x 10" $475.00
Barbara Clark Where Jeeps Go Oil 12" x 16" $750.00. SOLD
Ellen Buselli Gate & Bell at Mabel Dodge House oil on linen 10" x 12" x 1" $850.00
Carole Belliveau Abandoned Church Oil 12" x 16" x .25" $980.00 SOLD
lisa flynn Local Color, Arroyo Seco Oil 12" x 12" x 0" $750.00
Jane Chapin Chalten Glacier Oil on linen 6" x 8" x 0" $650.00
Rajen Chanchani First sign of Spring Oil 16" x 20" x 0" $1,900.00
Ginny Bracht Original Horizontality Oil 14" x 11" $650.00
Lorie Batson Winter Muse Oil 12" x 16" $1,000.00
Wendy Ahlm Galisteo Sundials Oil 9" x 12" $495.00 SOLD
Anne Aleshire Summer Pleasure Oil 14" x 11" x .25" $600.00




Fechin Invitational Slideshow

Album

Margi Lucena, Always Changing, 24x18, pastel
Lee McVey, Chamisa Patch, 12x12, oil
Jane Chapin, Storm Over Spirit Mountain, 12x24, oil
Barbara Churchley, Aspen Season, 6x18, pastel
Thomas Wezwick, Cold Waters, 18x24, oil
Albert Handell, The Giant, 16x20, pastel
Peggy Immel, Downstream Promise, 12x16, oil
Tobi Clement, Crimson and Gold, 11x14, pastel
Mike Simpson, Spring Days, 14x18, oil
Tom Blazier, The Mystic, 12x16, oil
Suzanne Morris, Running Free, 12x16, oil
Janice St. Marie, Sing to Me, Autumn, 16x20, pastel
Richard Prather, It's Not Always Going to be This Grey, 11x14, oil
Peggy Trigg, The Hidden Pools, 24x12, oil
Paul Murray, The Wine Shed, 17.5x15, pastel
Nancy Silvia, Cloud Dance Over Taos, 18x24, pastel
JoeAnna Arnett, Chamisa and Asters, 12x16, oil
Jane Hunt, Evening Graze, 11x14, oil
Natasha Isenhour, A Portrait of Trees, 12x24, oil
MaryAnn McGraw, Evensong, 11x14, pastel
Barbara Coleman, Orilla Verde, 16x20, oil
Carole Belliveau, Relic of the Past, 12x16, oil

The Past Year's National Juried Show:

Album with its record number of sales

Reception 

Calendar


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Videos


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Mentorship Program

Announcing a new mentorship program for members. 

Mentorship Program


Sandstone Bluffs, March 12, 2022, by Sheila Kaplan, organized by Michael Chesley Johnson
Sandstone Bluffs with lava fields in the background. March 12, 2022
Michael Chelsea Johnson painting at Sandstone Bluffs on March 12, 2022
"Vertical Drop" 9x12 oil / Michael Chesley Johnson / Sandstone Bluffs Paintout, March 12, 2022
"Bluff" 9x12 oil / Michael Chesley Johnson / Sandstone Bluffs Paintout, March 12, 2022
Michael Chesley Johnson / Sandstone Bluffs Paintout, March 12, 2022 / Photo: Trina Stephenson
Sandstone Bluffs Paintout, March 12, 2022 / Photo: Michael Chesley Johnson
Ken Foster / Sandstone Bluffs Paintout, March 12, 2022 / Photo: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sandstone Bluffs Paintout, March 12, 2022 / Photo: Trina Stephenson
Helen McComas / Sandstone Bluffs Paintout, March 12, 2022 / Photo: Trina Stephenson
Los Poblanos is a treasured jewel in Los Ranchos, NM: lavender fields, large sunflowers, luxurious cottages and fine dining. PAPNM Paint Out, Aug 2019. Watercolor 10 x 14", Wendy Ahlm.
August 21, 2021, Jemez Paint Out. Thank you Susan for sharing your home and property. Ruan B.
August 21, 2021, Jemez Paint Out. Ruan B.
August 21, 2021, Jemez Paint Out. Fantastic views. Thanks again Susan. Ruan B.
PAPNM Members painting at the Lavender Market in Los Rancho on July 25, 2021. Photo courtesy of Ginny Bracht.
PAPNM Members painting at the Lavender Market in Los Rancho on July 25, 2021. Photo courtesy of Ginny Bracht.
Cerrillos Heat - 9x12 Oil/Panel - Michael Chesley Johnson June19, 2021 Paintout at Cerrillos Hills State Park
At the June 19, 2021 Cerrillos Hills State Park paintout. The gnats were terrible! I had to stuff bit of paper toweling in my ears to keep them out.
Handy tips to defend against pesky gnats: Deet-Free REPEL plus paper toweling stuffed in the ear canals. June 19, 2021 Cerrillos Hills State Park Paintout
Placita, NM, April 3, 2021, James Trigg
Placita, NM, April 3, 2021, James Trigg
Placita, NM, April 3, 2021, James Trigg
In the Shadows, 9x12, oil/panel by Michael Chesley Johnson South Narrows Picnic Area Paintout 3/20/21, Grants NM
Tina Little South Narrows Picnic Area Paintout 3/20/21, Grants NM (Photo Michael Chesley Johnson)
Pam Davis South Narrows Picnic Area Paintout 3/20/21, Grants NM (Photo Michael Chesley Johnson)
Michael Chesley Johnson South Narrows Picnic Area Paintout 3/20/21, Grants NM (Photo Michael Chesley Johnson)
Wendy Ahlm South Narrows Picnic Area Paintout 3/20/21, Grants NM (Photo Michael Chesley Johnson
Michael Chesley Johnson South Narrows Picnic Area Paintout 3/20/21, Grants NM (Photo Michael Chesley Johnson)
Jay Leutwyler South Narrows Picnic Area Paintout 3/20/21, Grants NM (Photo Michael Chesley Johnson)
South Narrows Picnic Area Paintout 3/20/21, Grants NM (Photo Michael Chesley Johnson)
Michael Chesley Johnson & Raku South Narrows Picnic Area Paintout 3/20/21, Grants NM (Photo Michael Chesley Johnson)
Getting out in all weather builds endurance! (Photo by Stephanie West)
Ramah Lake Paintout 9/26/2020 Painting by Connie Smith
Path to the Lake 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson Ramah Lake Paintout 9/26/2020
Ramah Lake Paintout 9/26/2020
Ramah Lake Paintout 9/26/2020
Ramah Lake Paintout 9/26/2020 - Michael Chesley Johnson
Ramah Lake Paintout 9/26/2020
Ramah Lake Paintout 9/26/2020
I was the only artist at the printout at Lamy this morning. It was sunny but very cold. This is one of the two paintings I did today. Erik Speyer March 21 2020
Lamy today at the Paintout. I was the only artist there, which is too bad because the sun was bright and sometimes warm. It was, however, very cold. Erik Speyer, Lamy, 3/21/'22
9th National Juried Member Show Paintout location, Leonora Curtin Wetlands, Santa Fe, NM>


PAPNM Members - Activities

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News

  • 26 Apr 2022 6:52 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    Click here for Article in OPA about PAPNM Member, Ellen Buselli, a lovely story about providing solace to others with pet portraits.

    From Ellen: "Sometimes I have wondered:  What is the meaning of a painter’s life?  We are not saving lives or curing cancer.  I do know that there is power in art, and it can bring solace and comfort during times of sadness. "


  • 14 Apr 2022 5:03 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    Peggy: "I woke up to great news and want to say thank you to Bold Brush Art Contests & Exhibits, Fine Art Studio Online and Judge of Awards, Brienne Brown for selecting "Morning Reverie" 20x20 Oil as a Finalist in the February 2022 online exhibition."

    In addition, Peggy was highlighted in the Bold Brush Newsletter:

    Biography

    Peggy was born in Phoenix, Arizona, lived in Boston for over thirty years, and ultimately returned to her western roots when she and her husband, Steve, settled in Taos, New Mexico, where they now live.

    Her educational background includes architectural studies at Arizona State University and classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA, the DeCordova Museum School, Lincoln, MA, and the Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT. She is a Master Signature Member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, a Signature Member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, and a Member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters.

    Peggy's paintings have been included in national exhibitions and have received numerous awards including a Best of Show in 2013 in the MAA Exhibition at the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, TX, a Best of Show at the 2013 Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Annual Juried Exhibition, and a Best of Show Trustees' Award at the 2014 Millicent Rogers Museum Annual Miniature Exhibition in Taos, NM. Her most recent awards include the Artists Choice Award for "Winter Impression" at the 2019 Plein Air Artists Colorado National Juried Exhibition, First Place for "Grandpa Tied the Flies" at the 2021 Sedona Plein Air Festival, Sedona AZ , and a Best of Show Trustees' Award for "Golden Light" at the 2022 Millicent Rogers Museum Annual Miniature Exhibition in Taos, NM .


    To learn more about Peggy click: https://www.peggyimmel.com/

  • 02 Apr 2022 10:07 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

       Margi Lucena and Natasha Isenhour, PAPNM Signature members, awards at the prestigious 16th Borrego springs Plein Air Invitational:

    Congratulations, Margi and Natasha!!.

    When the participating artists voted for Body of Work the award went to Margi Lucena for her pastels. Lucena also won the Curator Emerita award for Best Pastel with "Coyote Canyon Creek."

    And visitors to the exhibition on March 11 selected Natasha Isenhour’s "Siesta at the Hacienda" (8 x 16 in., oil) for People’s Choice.

    The exhibition will hang at the Borrego Art Institute in Borrego Springs, California, through April 3, 2022.

    Note that only 13 artists were invited to this prestigious event.

    https://www.borregoartinstitute.org/event-4317051

  • 30 Mar 2022 3:51 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    Our very own Master Signature PAPNM Member has her painting on the cover of Plein Air Magazine this month AND on the cover of the 2022 PACE Guide! Congratulations, Joe Anna!!

    From Joe Anna:

    "  I just opened the May issue of Plein Air Magazine. To my delight and honor, the editor used one of my New Mexico paintings on the cover of the 2022 Plein Air Convention and Expo Guide. I'll be going and serving as a Field Instructor, helping artists during our outdoor painting excursions. If you would like to check out the convention, go to https://pleinairconvention.com/ . I would love to see you there and paint together. "

  • 30 Mar 2022 3:42 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    Land of Resilience-John Meister

    Excellent article filled with plein air painting tips (originally published 2018 but so timely for the upcoming PACE visitors from out of state): 

    https://www.outdoorpainter.com/land-resilience-face-decay-new-mexico-plein-air-tips/?fbclid=IwAR2TCWxCrTYu5PbYM8Lnhs5Fcxm3bVKx5SKk8ob500e835prjRysSz8gswU

    First few paragraphs: 

    Plein Air Painting in New Mexico’s High Desert
    By John Meister, 2018 President of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico
    Article originally published in 2018

    We call it the “Land of Enchantment,” and some people get it the minute they step out of the airport. Others spend years here before they realize it is part of them. For the visitor, the ancient history, the amazing sites, and the diversity of culture, provide a host of experiences. This is a place where stories are born. This is New Mexico.

    As for me, I grew up in Austin, Texas and have now lived in Albuquerque for 28 years. It is where much of my family is from, so we made the drive from Austin, across the West Texas plains and into a terrain full of features that intrigued a young boy looking out of the rear window.

    The city of my childhood essentially had two halves of the year — sticky-green summer and dense-wet winter. Now, living in a place with four distinct seasons, I appreciate the small day-to-day changes between each of them, and how moisture, temperature, and wind are players in a game to sustain life or break it down. Everything, from plants to mountains, must have a little extra advantage to survive here, and it is their resilience in the face of decay that produces the extraordinary landscape that we painters enjoy.


  • 30 Mar 2022 9:06 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    The Rewards of an Artist Residency

    PAPNM Signature member, Nancy Silvia chosen as artist spotlight in Outdoor Painter - March 2022:

    https://www.outdoorpainter.com/artist-spotlight-nancy-silvia/

    First few interview questions:

    How did you get started and then develop your career?

    Nancy Silvia: From a young age I’ve identified as an artist, pursued an education in art, and have been painting my entire life. I don’t consider what I do a “career,” but my life’s journey.

    How do you describe success?

    Success means being able to continue to paint, achieve recognition for my accomplishments, and to exhibit and sell my paintings.

    How do you find inspiration?

    I find inspiration in everything that I see, particularly landscape. An artist may not always find inspiration easily, but if you just show up in the studio or out in the field, get to work, then inspiration will find you!



  • 29 Mar 2022 4:04 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)



    OPA published an article by Michele on how she uses Dynamic Symmetry. Congratulations. This article has generated a lot of excitement: 

    Full article: Dynamic Symmetry in Paintings

    First few paragraphs:

    DYNAMIC SYMMETRY – And how I incorporate it into my plein air and studio and practice

    Michele Byrne · Mar 14, 2022 · 22 Comments

    We’ve all heard of the Golden Section, Dynamic Symmetry, the rule of thirds and harmonic armatures. And we’ve always been told to do a value study before we start a painting. However, in our rush to get started painting, many of us disregard it all and jump right in to putting brush to canvas.

    Six years ago, I made a pledge to NEVER skip a value study before plein air painting. Soon after, I learned how to design my pieces with a “thrust map” as well. This is a simple 2” study done on a 4”x6” index card with pencil or markers. I indicate the Dominant Vertical (DV), Dominant Horizontal (DH) and Dominant Diagonal (DD). Ideally where all of these lines meet will be my focal point.


  • 22 Mar 2022 9:18 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    May 17-21

    PAPNM Members on the 2022 Plein Air Convention and Expo Faculty:

    1. Joe Anna Arnett
    2. Michele Byrne
    3. Albert Handell
    4. Natasha Isenhour
    5. Michael Chesley Johnson
    6. Spike Ress


  • 21 Mar 2022 6:49 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    May 12 - Jun 19
     

    Congratulations to the PAPNM Members accepted into the show:

    Lyn Bonham, Michele Byrne AIS, Jane Chapin AIS, Katherine Irish, Spike Ress 


    6th Annual

    AIS Impressions: Small Works Showcase

    Wilder Nightingale Fine Art

    May 12-June 19, 2022

    Taos, New Mexico

    152 artists were juried into the exhibition from 1,304 entries!!Full acceptance list

  • 20 Mar 2022 2:32 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    June 3 - Aug 22. 


    Invited PAPNM Members 

    .          

    Lee MacLeod.                 Barbara Coleman.       Spike Ress

    "Storm Front".              "Raking Light at Ghost Ranch"    "Threatening Sky, Capitol Reef"

    and

    Diane Arenberg, Ranch Road

    Jane Hunt, Through the Poppies

    Carolyn Jeanene Lindsey, Family Farm

    Richard Prather, Canon Tranquilo

    Congratulations all*.

    Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO.

    June 3 through August 27, 2022.

    Full acceptance List

    *Please write to karen.halbert@gmail.com if you were also invited (put OPA in the subject line)

    https://www.oilpaintersofamerica.com/opa_show/2022-national-exhibition-convention-wet-paint-competition/


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Albuquerque, NM
87154-0503

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