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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

Scheduled
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.

Videos.

Paint Outs

Promote Your Work

  1. Shows
  2. Events
  3. Workshops
  4. Competitions
  5. Online contests
  6. Co-op Advertising
  7. Volunteering
  8. News (new section on this page)


Featured Master of the Month!


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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


For MORE videos be sure to subscribe to the PAPNM uTube channel here.

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

Demos

Workshops

Paint Outs

Contests

News

  • 16 Mar 2022 5:02 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    February 2022 Competition

    2nd Place Overall

    $300 Prize
    "Resolute"
    Jane Hunt
    24x18 in., Oil

  • 15 Mar 2022 6:47 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    PAPNM Master artist, Joe Anna Arnett, did a demo on Art School Live in 2020. You may watch the replay here

    https://www.joeannaarnett.com/

  • 11 Mar 2022 2:43 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    Breaking news!  Paul's pastel painting, "Wine Shed" has received an Honorable Mention in the annual Pastel Journal Magazine's Top 100 contest! Image appears on Page 49 of the Spring 2022 issue, Landscape and Interiors category. Many thanks to Juror, Nancy Nowak!

  • 20 Feb 2022 1:32 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    2nd Place Overall
    $300 Prize

    "Couse House Poppies"
    Chris Morel
    11x14 in., Oil

    Congratulations, Chris!! 

    Joseph McGurl, Signature Member, Plein Air Painters of America, has revealed his selections for the winners in the PleinAir January Art Competition.


    First, Second, Third, and People's Choice winners will each receive a cash prize, and all winners will be entered into the judging for the annual cash prizes, including the $15,000 Grand Prize and the Cover of PleinAir magazine for the best painting of the year. The annual winners will be announced at the Plein Air Convention & Expo on May 17th, 2022 in Santa Fe, NM.


  • 10 Feb 2022 4:23 PM | Stephanie West (Administrator)


    2 Advertising opportunities with Plein Air Magazine April/ May just in time for the PACE (Plein Air Conference Exhibition) at Buffalo Thunder in Santa Fe. Plus, a 2X rate for their April/ May and Oct/Nov issue.

    Note the opportunity is NOW (February if you want to participate)

    VIEW DETAILS HERE: PA_ArtistGuide_PAPNM_Apr-May2022_Gina.pdf 

  • 05 Feb 2022 11:08 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    From Peggy:

    "I always look forward to the Millicent Rogers Museum’s Miniatures Show which takes place every February. It features the work of Taos County artists and this year was expanded to include Rio Arriba County artists as well. This year is the museum’s 20th anniversary of the show and it will be up from Saturday, February 5, through Sunday, March 6, 2022. When Steve and I visited the show this morning I was thrilled and honored to find that my painting, “Golden Light”, had received the Museum Trustees’ Best of Show award."

    https://millicentrogers.org/collections/2022-miniatures-show-sale

  • 27 Jan 2022 12:55 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    Relic of the Past

    Congratulations to Carole for Relic of the Past chosen in the favorite 15% of the entries in the December 2021 BoldBrush Painting competition.

  • 21 Jan 2022 3:46 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

          

    Visit the Member Workshops' page for Peggy Immel's workshops: Winter Landscape in March at Peggy's and Plein Air Painting in August (at the new Bluebird Studios)..


    Visit the new Bluebird Studios' website for information on workshops by Chris Morel and Mike Mahon (and Peggy Immel).  

    https://www.bluebirdstudiosantafe.com/2022-workshops

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    Also, on the Member Workshop page, see the listing for the watercolor workshop by Erik Speyer:


  • 07 Jan 2022 11:29 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    From Michele:

    I am thrilled to share that 'Morning on the Rio Grande' is the Featured Artwork in Outdoor Painter for the month of January. I hope you have a chance to check it out!

    From Article:

    Best in Show. Taos Plein Air 2021, PAPNMWilder Nightingale Fine Art, Taos NM

    Upon seeing Morning on the Rio Grande, Bill Gallen, Judge of Awards, shared his thoughts: “It was a dead give-away. The graphics are strong with an established light and shadow pattern that drew me into the painting from 50 feet away. The juxtaposition of the silhouetted shadow shape with the lit-up cliffs and foreground is powerful. The play of cool and warm colors in both the shadow and the light makes for a compelling composition, the variety of paint thickness adding interest.”

    For full article, click here.

Featured New Members

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P. O. Box 20503
Albuquerque, NM
87154-0503

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