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
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.
Kathleen Dunphy in Murphys, CA, May 1-3
Lorenzo Chavez in Greenville, NY, May 3-9
Andy Evansen in Hastings, MN, May 4-8
Frank LaLumia in Farmington, NM, May 5-8
Matt Smith in Scottsdale, AZ, May 11-13
Randall Sexton in Salt Lake City, UT, May 13-15
Ned Mueller in Annapolis, MD, Jun 5-7
Ron Rencher inLac du Flambeau, WI, Jun 8-11
John Cosby in Chatham, MA, Jun 8-12
Joe Paquet in St Paul, MN, Jun 12-14
Gay Faulkenberry in Provence, Jun 13-20
Kevin Macpherson in Taos, Jun 22-26
George Strickland in Carbondale, CO, Jun 23-26
Joe Paquet in LaPointe, WI, Jul 6-10
Robert Lemler in Lowell, MI, Jul 9-12
Ned Mueller in Wexford, Ireland, Jul 16-18
Ned Mueller in Wexford, Ireland, July 20-22
Ned Mueller in Wexford, Ireland, Jul 23-25
Ray Roberts in Petaluma, CA, July 25-27
Lorenzo Chavez in Springfield, OR, Jul 27-28