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For collectors of plein air art.

What Do Montana ‘Urbanscapes’ Look Like?

One wouldn’t immediately put those two together: “urban” and “Montana.” However, a group of extremely talented painters took on the task for a spectacular exhibition that recently opened at Legacy Gallery. Will you recognize the names?

Who was the Best at the Best?

June 10 was rocking at the Forest & Ocean Gallery as the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) hosted its opened reception for the 13th annual “Best of Plein Air” juried art show. In addition to fine art, cheeses, wine, and fruits, several artists also received awards. Who were they?

Kathleen Hudson’s $15,000 Payday

On Monday at the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) in San Diego, Kentucky painter Kathleen Hudson suddenly found herself $15,000 richer. The oil painter won the Grand Prize in the PleinAir Salon.

Artist as Collector: Poppy Balser and ‘One Thing’

Nova Scotia artist Poppy Balser is partial to watercolor—her chosen medium—but she is also partial to demos she's seen painted in person. There's one other trait that attracts her to a piece she is considering for her collection.

Olmsted Winners Brave Tornado Warnings, Floods, General Mayhem

Nature — and some miscreants who decided to set an interstate overpass on fire — seemed intent on discouraging the participants in the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, but plein air painters are not so easily put off.

Artist as Collector: Thomas Dunlay and Staying on Track

A few pieces in Boston painter Thomas Dunlay’s collection remind him to stay the course.

Big Winners in the Big State of Texas

The Plein Air Southwest Salon recently announced its awards, chosen by Kenn Erroll Backhaus. Who won in the Lone Star State?

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?

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