Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief, PleinAir Magazine
Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief, PleinAir Magazine

PleinAir Magazine ushers in a new chapter, welcoming Kelly Kane as its next Editor-in-Chief. The former content director of The Artist’s Magazine and longtime editor of Watercolor Artist will take over when M. Stephen Doherty retires in January.

“I’ve been involved in the arts for more than 20 years, and one of the most exciting phenomena to happen in that time has been the explosion of interest in plein air painting,” Kane says. “I’ve been a fan of PleinAir Magazine from the time it was first published and was delighted to see it come back in 2011. As I’ve gotten to know the talented team here, I’ve been impressed and inspired by their enthusiasm and commitment to the plein air community — for them, it truly is a labor of love. I’m incredibly proud now to join them and excited about the future of this movement that drives all we do.” 

Retiring after the February/March issue, Doherty will be fulfilling a promise he made to himself last year that by the time he reached his 70th birthday, he would end his 39-year career with art magazines and devote more time to painting, teaching, and volunteering.

M. Stephen Doherty

“I’ve spent the past seven years at PleinAirand have thoroughly enjoyed working with members of the artist community, the magazine’s staff and management, and manufacturers of supplies and equipment for outdoor painters,” says Doherty. “Now I want to be known within that community as a painter and not an editor or an awards judge. I also have opportunities to give back to my local community by volunteering and will have the chance to travel and paint, something I have always enjoyed.”

Kane will be picking up the mantle starting with the April/May issue, but Doherty will remain involved in the magazine as a consultant and Editor Emeritus. PleinAir Founder and Publisher Eric Rhoads says, “First, I want to welcome Kelly. We’re very fortunate to have found someone with a couple of decades of publishing and writing experience in the art industry. Next, I want to thank Steve, who relaunched PleinAirand made it the publication and phenomenon it is today. We will honor Steve and introduce Kelly at the upcoming Plein Air Convention & Expo in Santa Fe in April.”

Published bi-monthly by Streamline Publishing, PleinAir Magazine™ is focused on landscape paintings by historical and contemporary artists, art collections, events, and the process of creating plein air paintings. Beautifully designed with rich reproductions on high-quality paper, PleinAir features the top artists and artworks from around the world.

About Streamline Publishing, Inc.

Streamline Publishing was founded on principles based in the Streamline Moderne design movement of the 1930s, which were about superior aesthetics and design, as well as design-centric efficiency in operations. Founded in 1986, the company is rooted in traditional print publishing of trade and consumer magazines, and has become a true multi-media organization, with numerous digital products and events. The company and its products play a substantial role within two industries: radio/digital radio and the world of art and art collecting. Streamline prides itself on seeking innovative solutions that break traditional molds.

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  1. We will miss you Steve! Plein-Air is the only zine I purchase. I sure hope it stays as great as it has been since I’ve been buying it….several years now. Big shoes to fill Kelly!! Have fun in your new place!!

  2. Steve you’ve done a great job, have fun in your next endeavor.
    I have a suggestion for a Plein Air Magazine competition: To design a light weight plein air system that is versatile, strong and easy to use. Light weight being the most important attribute.
    I love the Guerrill Painter Campaign Box but it is made of wood and too heavy to back pack any distance for an aging female plein air painter like me, when containing even a few paint tubes along with the other necessary gear such as a tripod, solvent, canvas board, brushes etc.
    Surely there must be some new durable light weight plastic used in the aerospace industry for example, that could allow us to keep on getting out there to paint without having to paint near the car.


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