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

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