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 from life and to using field studies as the inspiration for studio works. Since organizing in 1986 on Catalina Island, PAPA put plein-air "paintouts" 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 their secrets in the convenience of your studio! Each video tackles challenges specific to a painting experience and/or medium 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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Andy Evansen, PAPA President
THROUGH AUGUST 30, 2015
Looking East, an exhibition of more than 40 plein-air & studio paintings by 27 PAPA members, is on view at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA. Opening reception is June 11, 2015, 5:30 to 7:00 pm. To view the online catalog, please click here.
PAPA members conduct plein-air and studio workshops throughout the year, around the country and throughout the world. 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.
Ron Rencher in Taos, NM, Aug 5-8
Jean LeGassick in Hope Valley, CA, Aug 7-9
Andy Evansen in La Pointe, WI, Aug 10-14
Matt Smith in Scottsdale, AZ, 17-19
Raleigh Kinney in Cross Lake, MN, Aug 18-20
Kenn Backhaus in Switzerland, Aug 19-26
Ned Mueller in Renton, WA, Aug 21-23
Lorenzo Chavez in Santa Fe, NM, Aug 24-28
Robert Lemler in Scottsdale, AZ, Aug 28-29
Kevin Macpherson in Taos, NM, Aug 31-Sep 4
Linda Tippetts in Glacier NP, MT, Sep 10-12
Andy Evansen in Rapid City, SD, Sep 11-14
Raleigh Kinney in Cross Lake, MN, Sep 15-17
Raleigh Kinney in Pelican Rapids, MN, Sep 19
John Cosby in LaPointe, WI, Sep 28-Oct 1
Frank LaLumia in Lac du Flambeau, WI, Sep 29-Oct 2
Jean LeGassick in Cedarville, CA, Oct 1-4
John Cosby in San Clemente, CA, Oct 12-16
Ray Roberts at Vermilion Cliffs, AZ, Oct 22-25
Ray Roberts in Southern Utah, Oct 28-31
Kathleen Dunphy in Murphys, CA, Nov 2-6
Matt Smith in Gold Canyon, AZ, Nov 9-11
Joseph McGurl in Raleigh, NC, Nov 12
Joseph McGurl in Raleigh, NC, Nov 13
Matt Smith in Foot Hills, AZ, Dec 1-3