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Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Michelle Jung and the Bicoastal

Oil painter Michelle Jung spends half the year in Santa Cruz, California, and the other half in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The contrast between the two locales has sharpened her skills of observation and has given her important insight that she can share with attendees of the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE), where she is on the faculty.

Artist as Collector: Mary Garrish and the Artist’s Choice

Florida painter Mary Garrish calls collecting art “a gut response” to what moves her. But she has another way to explain her choices, one that makes total sense.

Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Susan Nicholas Gephart and Experimentation

For Susan Nicholas Gephart, a pastel instructor at the upcoming Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE), art sometimes makes her feel like a mad scientist.

EXHIBITION: Maryann McGraw, in Albuquerque

Plein air pastels by New Mexico artist Maryann McGraw are the subject of an exhibition on view now through April 30 at the Purple Sage Gallery in Albuquerque’s Old Town.

Florida Elegance, and Winners

When the Light Chasers Plein Air Painters of the Southeast group holds its members show, it’s an elegant affair. They recently organized a paint-out to complement their exhibition, and here are the winners.

Strong Sales in New Iberia

Organizers of the Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition report that sales doubled from last year’s event. Who won ribbons?

Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Jim Wodark

Learning from somebody of Jeremy Lipking’s caliber at the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) next month in San Diego is an attractive notion. But let it be known, PACE is designed to help both advanced artists and beginners. Attend Lipking’s demo, but also attend Jim Wodark’s pre-convention session about equipment, part of the Plein Air Basics Course.

EXHIBITION: “Rural Life,” in Santa Barbara

Marcia Burtt Gallery explores “Rural Life” in a special exhibition featuring 16 artists through May 17, in Santa Barbara, California.

Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Thomas Kegler and Art Contagions

Perhaps, on some level, attending the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) is dangerous. You may come home permanently changed.

EXHIBITION: Stephen Day, in Santa Fe

A plein air painter and a silversmith join up to create a collaborative exhibition at Sorrel Sky in Santa Fe, May 5-31.

The Plein Air Study That Launched a Big Winner

One plein air painting inspired several exceptional studio pieces by this California pastelist, the winner of the December-January contest in the PleinAir Salon.

Artist as Collector: Shelby Keefe, and For the Love of Cars

Wisconsin painter Shelby Keefe chooses paintings for her collection that reflect her goals — and if they feature cars, so much the better.

They Won in Maui? Wowie!

The Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational is a bright spot each February, and on top of the fine weather and colorful views, some artists leave the event with awards. Who wowed the crowd this year?

EXHIBITION: Dennis Doyle, in Hingham, MA

Through the end of March, paintings by Dennis Doyle are featured at South Street Gallery in Hingham, Massachusetts.

Artist as Collector: Julie Riker

Julie Riker's collection of art is not large, but it sure is strong. Who's in it?

Heating Up in Florida

Plein air painting doesn't take much of a winter break in the Sunshine State. Last week in Boynton Beach, seven artists took home ribbons.

Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Marla Baggetta Gives You Permission

Pastelist Marla Baggetta has a secret she uses every day to put her in the right frame of mind for painting.

EXHIBITION: “Between Heaven and Earth”—Sierra Nevada Paintings

The PAC6 Painters—Linda Brown, Marian Fortunati, Nita Harper, Debra Holladay, Laura Wambsgans, and Sharon Weaver—are showcased in this exhibition at the Santa Paula Art Museum, in Santa Paula, California.

Artist as Collector: Brienne M. Brown and the Allure of Must-Have Paintings

For Brienne M. Brown, the reasons why she buys a painting for her collection vary, but one thing generally doesn’t — her feeling that she has to have it.

Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Brenda Boylan on Not Wearing Earphones

Pastelist Brenda Boylan is a veteran of the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE), and this year, she plans on sharing her street-smart tips for painting urban scenes. Such as?

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