Peter Grab, “Snow on the Sangre’s,” oil, 11 x 14 inches

The ninth edition of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico National Juried Members recently opened at Sorrel Sky Gallery in Santa Fe. In 2017, acclaimed artist Bob Rohm decided awards while Roger Williams, Dave Ballew, and Shanan Campbell Wells made the exhibition selections. Who are the winners?

New Mexico is certainly one of the best states for outdoor painting — which is why we chose Santa Fe as the location for the 2018 Plein Air Convention & Expo! That said, one can expect any display from the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico to be a brilliant showcase not to be missed, making the 9th Annual PAPNM National Juried Members show a must-see.

Jason Sacran, “Supermoon, November 2016,” oil, 20 x 24 inches
Thomas Wezwick, “Winter on the Gallinas River,” oil, 20 x 24 inches
Val Mouttet, “Coffee Cats,” acrylic, 20 x 16 inches
Nancy Sylvia, “Near the White Place,” pastel, 16 x 20 inches

Hosted by the prestigious Sorrel Sky Gallery in Santa Fe, the exhibition opened on November 3 and will continue through November 26.

Artist Peter Grab was the Best of Show winner for his work “Snow on the Sangres,” earning the artist $4,680. Jason Sacran’s “Super Moon, November 2016,” was deemed the Best of Artist Members, a $2,675 award. Thomas Wezwick’s “Winter on the Gallinas River” was the Best of Signature Members winner, worth $3,150. Four Awards of Excellence were taken by the following: Val Mouttet’s “Coffee Cats,” Nancy Silvia’s “Near the White Place,” Damien Gonzales’ “West from Rincon Foothills,” and Emmy Savage’s “Ghosts: Maria Baca Wildlife Refuge III.”

Damien Gonzales, “West from Rincon Foothills,” oil, 6 x 8 inches
Emmy Savage, “Ghosts: Luis Maria Baca Wildlife Refuge III,” oil, 12 x 16 inches

“Trampas Adobe” by Lisa Flynn earned the Jeffery Potter Memorial Award, and Kathleen Elsey took home the Louisa McElwain Memorial Award for “Taos Mountain Meadow.” “When Day Greets Night” by Tobi Clement was the Artist Choice award.

Lisa Flynn, “Trampas Adobe,” oil, 12 x 9 inches
Kathleen Elsey, “Taos Mountain Meadow,” acrylic, 16 x 20 inches
Virginia Unseld, “Cliffs of Shining Stone,” pastel, 12 x 16 inches
Tom Blazier, “Canjilon Canyon,” oil, 12 x 9 inches

Finally, there were four Honorable Mentions, including Virginia Unseld for “Cliffs of Shining Stone,” Tom Blazier’s “Canjilon Canyon,” Cecilia Robertson’s “Grace in the Desert,” and Cheryl Koen’s “Backdoor Sunrise.”

Cecilia Robertson, “Grace in the Desert,” oil, 8 x 16 inches
Cheryl Koen, “Backdoor Sunrise,” oil, 20 x 24 inches
Tobi Clement, “Day Greets Night,” pastel, 14 x 11 inches

To learn more, visit the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico or visit PleinAir Today’s previous coverage of the exhibition here.

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