Monday, 30 September 2013 11:45

Familiar Name Among Shorewood Winners

Tom Nachreiner took home the Best of Show award at the Plein Air Shorewood event, and a familiar name nabbed First Place.

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In order to recognize talented artists painting particular subjects and working outdoors, the categories in the 2013/2014 PleinAir magazine Salon Competition ( have been expanded. Now there are prizes for paintings of water, still lifes, buildings, nocturnes, florals, and landscapes. Another category is reserved for paintings created exclusively out of doors. The first group of winners for April/May, including the three overall winners, were recently selected by Dr. J. Mark Sublette, the founder of Medicine Man Gallery in Tucson and Santa Fe.

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PleinAir magazine recently announced its judges for upcoming installments in the 3rd Annual PleinAir Salon Competition, and the lineup includes names most everyone will recognize.

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Publisher Eric Rhoads and Editor Steve Doherty presented $15,000 to the Grand Prize Winner of the 2nd Annual PleinAir Salon Competition last Thursday for the painting "Alterations."

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Tuesday, 02 April 2013 22:43

$20,000 in Awards Soon to Be Presented

Three final judges of the PleinAir Salon competition are about to decide who will receive $20,000 in cash and art supplies, and feature stories in PleinAir Today. The announcement will be made in just a few days, during the Plein Air Convention & Expo in Monterey!

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Kim Casebeer won First Prize in the January/February bimonthly PleinAir Salon competition with an oil painting based on a location near her Topeka home. "It's important to have a special place I can get to in five or 10 minutes when I need inspiration for a new painting," she says. Find out more about the painting that is becoming Casebeer's signature image.

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Monday, 04 February 2013 23:28

Techniques of a Smokejumper

“One key aspect of my approach to plein air painting came out of my 13 summers as a smokejumper,” says Californian Davis Perkins, who came to our attention after he won an award in the PleinAir Salon competition. Find out what he means in this article, and during his presentation at the Plein Air Convention & Expo (

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Monday, 03 December 2012 22:43

Take a Closer Look at Another Award Winner

One of the landscape paintings that stands out among the semi-finalists selected by Michael Zakian in the September/October PleinAir Salon competition ( is “After a Storm,” by Philadelphia artist Patrick Connors. We wanted to find out more about how Connors created the piece he calls a “breakthrough painting.”

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Monday, 03 December 2012 22:34

How Was That Prize Winner Painted?

Jim McVicker didn’t go to art school and hasn’t participated in a workshop, yet his still life painting that just won the First Place award in the September/October PleinAir Salon competition was sold through one of the most prestigious galleries in the country. Find out how he succeeded.

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Tuesday, 06 November 2012 12:22

Michael Zakian, PleinAir Salon Judge

If you entered the September/October PleinAir magazine Salon competition (, you'll have the good fortune of having your artwork reviewed by Michael Zakian, director of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University. Read about this museum director who organizes exhibitions of plein air paintings.

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