Carrying forward the tradition of painting from life
The Plein-Air Painters of America is a small group of accomplished professionals who are dedicated to painting the landscape on-location. Since organizing in 1986 on Catalina Island, PAPA put plein-air painting on the national stage, attracting a global audience of art collectors and spawning seedling shows that have bloomed across the country.
VIDEOS: PAPA members are renowned teachers and now you can learn in the convenience of your studio! Each video tackles challenges specific to a painting experience in the outdoors, whether architecture, a street scene, or seascape. Explore the possibilities on our video page.
NEWSLETTER & SOCIAL MEDIA: PAPA members are engaged in premier invitational, museum, and gallery shows across the country. Keep abreast of their activities on Facebook and in our current newsletter.
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Gil Dellinger, PAPA President
NOVEMBER 7-29, 2014
Thirteen PAPA members are participating in The Color of Light at Helena Fox Fine Art, Charleston, SC,
MARCH 21 to MAY 3, 2015
Once again PAPA joins the Art in Nature Alliance! Legacy of the Land is an exhibition and sale of PAPA member artworks at the California Center for the Arts, benefiting the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, Escondido, CA.
JUNE 2 to AUGUST 30, 2015
Looking East, an exhibition and sale of plein-air & studio paintings by PAPA members at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA. Stay tuned for more details!
PAPA members conduct plein-air and studio workshops throughout the year and around the country. For a full list with details of date, location, and host, visit our Workshops pages. Or click on the names below for workshops in the upcoming months.
Andy Evansen in White Bear Lake, MN, Nov 10-13
John Cosby in Austin, TX, Nov 10-14
Joseph McGurl in Raleigh, NC, Nov 15
Joseph McGurl in Raleigh, NC, Nov 16
Ray Roberts in Carmel, CA, Nov 17-20
Kate Starling in Scottsdale, AZ, Dec 2-5
Matt Smith in Scottsdale, AZ, Dec 9-12
Matt Smith in Scottsdlae, AZ, Jan 20-23, 2015
Robert Lemler in Scottsdale, AZ, Feb 3-6
Brian Stewart in Lahania, HI, Feb 10-13
Ron Rencher in Scottsdale, AZ, Feb 16-20
Frank LaLumia in Key Largo, FL, Feb 17-19
Matt Smith in Scottsdale, AZ, Feb 17-20
Ray Roberts in Scottsdale, AZ, Feb 23-26