Carrying forward the tradition of painting from life
Welcome to a website where an age-old technique is put into contemporary practice!
The Plein-Air Painters of America is a small group of accomplished professionals who are dedicated to painting on-location. Since organizing in 1986 to exhibit wet-paint artworks in Catalina, PAPA put plein-air painting on the national stage, spawning seedlings that have flourished across the country. Today, PAPA exhibits in the finest museums across the nation.
EXHIBITIONS: Whether working outdoors or from field studies in the studio, PAPA Members explore and respond to the timeless beauty that surrounds us all. View PAPA member works firsthand in our upcoming exhibitions listed below: Celebrating Summer at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, pays homage to the joys and pleasures of our favorite time of the year. VIEW THE ENTIRE EXHIBITION BY CLICKING HERE. And American Legacy, our exhibition documenting more than 35 units within our national park system, has traveled for three years, ending at its last venue in Marshall, Texas.
HOW-TO VIDEOS: The much anticipated PAPA DVD Demo Series is now available. Preview the first three videos on Ken Auster, John Cosby and Don Demers by clicking here. You'll be amazed at what you can learn about painting street scenes, nautical views, and plein-air impressionism. Purchase them at Streamline Premium Art Video.
NEWSLETTER & SOCIAL MEDIA: PAPA members are always engaged in the museum and gallery events across the country. View their activities in our monthly newsletter or stay in touch with us on PAPA's Facebook page, which updates member art and activities on a daily basis.
Come back often to see what's new!
-- Gil Dellinger, PAPA President
June 21 to August 25, 2013
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin
More than 80 paintings by members and guest artists.
View the entire exhibition by clicking here.
Or learn more in the Press Room
(Below: Brian Stewart, Summer Fun, oil, 12x16)
AMERICAN LEGACY--OUR NATIONAL PARKS
July 14 to October 6, 2013
Michelson Museum of Art, Marshall, Texas
To learn about future venues please visit the Press Room.
A 92-page color catalog illustrates all the artworks in the exhibition.
(Below: Ralph Oberg, Hard Water and Soft Rock, oil, 12x16, Yellowstone)
PAPA members conduct workshops throughout the country, all year-round. For information about workshops taught by PAPA Members, please visit our Workshops section! Or click on the names below for workshops in the next couple months.
Gil Dellinger in Lodi, CA, Jul 20-21
John Budicin in Langley, WA, Jul 25-28
Ray Roberts in Angels Camp, CA, Jul 29-Aug1
Ron Rencher in Bainbridge Island, WA, Aug 1-4
Matt Smith & Skip Whitcomb in Jackson, WY, Aug 9-16
Don Demers in Rockland, ME, Aug 19-23
Andy Evansen in Vermillion, MN, Aug 23-25
Ned Mueller in Puyallup, WA, Aug 23-25
Jean LeGassick in Pueblo, CO, Aug 27-30
Don Demers in Chatham, MA, Sep 4-7
Ned Mueller in Topeka, KA, Sept 4-5
Ned Mueller in Port Angeles, WA, Sep 9-11
Scott Burdick in Taos, NM, Sep 9-14
John Budicin in Pueblo, CO, Sep 16-21
Kenn Backhaus in Lake Zurich, IL, Sep 20-22
Ron Rencher in Bernard, ME, Sep 23-27
Frank LaLumia in Lac du Flambeau, WI, Sep 30-Oct 4
Learn the secrets of the best! Study in the convenience of your studio with PAPA's new instructional video series! Click here.