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Calendar of PAPNM events such as the annual National Juried Members Exhibition,  Paintout and Shows, associated workshops, annual members' meetings and more.  For regularly scheduled Paintouts see the members only Schedule of the PAINTOUTS page.

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Upcoming Events

    • 10 Jun 2020
    • 11:55 PM (MDT)
    • 19 Mar until Jun 10

    2020 Signs of Spring Online Contest

    Would you like to participate in this year's Signs of Spring Online Contest? Visit the 2020 Signs of Spring Contest page for the general contest description including the benefits of participation. The prospectus provides full details and requirements. 

    Paintings can be any Spring scene painted from any location.   

    Mar 19 - Jun 10, 2019: Painting Period

    May 1 - June 10, 2019: Painting image Upload to the 2020 Signs of Spring Contest Album.

    A 1-week Favorite Painting voting period will follow with all PAPNM members encouraged to vote. 

    To display your work in this contest you must be an artist member, signature artist member or master signature member of PAPNM.  Sign up for membership at  Join Us  and you will be able to participate in this and many other PAPNM events.

    • 17 Jul 2020
    • (MDT)
    • 30 Aug 2020
    • (MDT)
    • E.L.Blumenschein Museum, Wilder Nightingale Fine Arts Gallery, Taos

    Two Summer Art Events

    Juried Members Online Exhibition

    at the E. L. Blumenschein Museum

    & Historic Studios Online Show

    at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art

    APPLICATIONS open June 1st! Go to the PAPNM Event Page:

    Participate in the 2020 TAOS PLEIN AIR Juried Members Online Exhibition or the Historic Studios Online Show presented by the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) in Taos, New Mexico.
    The online exhibitions are being held in cooperation with Taos Museums and PAPNM. PAPNM is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization of artists dedicated to preserving and promoting painting "en plein air" - in the open air or outdoors.

    The events have shifted to online shows. The work still needs to be 80% Plein Air. Paintings that are accepted need to be created north of I- 40 in New Mexico within the last two years (2018-2020). The intent is to have produced paintings that honor the spirit of the historic studios and artists who created the great Taos Art Colony. There will be no group paintouts or opening receptions. Currently New Mexico is under a "Stay-at- Home" order until May 15. Citizens need to stay at home and undertake only outings that are absolutely necessary for their health, safety, or welfare. Further details will be in the prospectus for shows and will be updated for artists as changes emerge.

    We are in an evolving situation, but here's what I'm hoping for; that we become a better, kinder and stronger group of people.

    2020 TAOS PLEIN AIR: Online shows

    Each show is limited to 50 participants

    Judge - Juried Members Online Exhibit

    Lyn Boyer

    Entry jurors:

    Jane Hunt
    Richard Alan Nichols 
    Rob Nightingale

    Judges - Historic Studios Online Show (Non-Juried)

    Lyn Boyer & Richard Alan Nichols

    Schedule - Both Shows:

    • June 1 Application Opens
    June 14 Deadline for entry
    June 28 Notification of jury selection for the Juried Members Exhibition
    July 17 (Friday) Historic Studios Show opens online
    July 17- August 2 Historic Studios Show
    July 18 (Saturday) Juried Members Exhibition opens online
    July 18 - August 30 Juried Members Exhibition

    I sincerely hope that you consider submitting to these events and that you encourage others to do the same. It is a highlight event for PAPNM! Our hosts, The E. L. Blumenschein House and Museum & Wilder Nightingale Fine Art are some of New Mexico’s most prestigious and respected museums and art gallery. 
    They commemorate the formation of the Taos Society of Artists, establishing Taos as a world- renowned art colony.

    Dick Wimberly, Show Chair

    • 25 Sep 2020
    • (MDT)
    • 10 Oct 2020
    • 4:30 PM (MDT)
    • Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos Region
    • 59

    Save the Date!

    Ashley Pond, Los Alamos.

    Paintout: Sept 21-23
    Show: Sept TBA- Oct 10
    Reception-Fuller House: TBA

    Will be open to the first 60 PAPNM members who register and pay entry fee without regard to artist’s geographic location. Deadline for registration is Aug 31. Each artist will be allowed to enter a maximum of one painting into the show (unframed: 8 x 10 minimum and 18 x 24 maximum).  All work must be at least 80% completed en plein air, within the allotted paintout period and within the specified paintout locations.  All work must be for sale. Artists receive 65% of the sale price. Fuller Lodge Art Center will handle sales including tax.

    Los Alamos and surrounds is the location of the 2020 Non-juried Paintout & Show September 21, 22 and 23. You’ll love the vistas and terrain that are available to paint in this area. Participants will select their best work to hang in the Fuller Lodge Art Center’s Gallery with a “meet the artist” reception on TBD (with distribution of awards).  

    Prospectus: TBD with full details and calendar.

    Judge of Awards: TBD

    Workshop: TBD. Separate registration

    Box Lunch: see your  registration confirmation email response for the code.

    You must be an active member to register.  

    Co-chairs: Phyllis Gunderson, Marilyn Wightman

    *To become a member visit Join Us and then after payment is ackowledged you may register as soon as registration opens up.

    • 07 Nov 2020
    • (MST)
    • 30 Nov 2020
    • (MST)
    • Wilder Nightingale Gallery. Taos, N.M

    Save the Date

    Wilder Nightingale Fine Art Gallery
    Taos, NM

     Exhibition: Nov 7 - Nov 30

    Opening Reception and Awards Presentation:  Nov. 7, 2010
    Judge of Awards: Lorenzo Chavez

    prospectus (to be announced)

    • The 12th National Juried Members Exhibition is a juried show and sale of original two-dimension plein aire artworks presented by the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM).  
    •  Juried artists will compete for awards  and merchandise prizes. This call is only open to current (or new) paid PAPNM members. 
    • The public and collectors are invited to attend the opening reception and view the exhibition at the Wilder Nightingale Fine Art Gallery in Taos.
    • The show committee has scheduled a full weekend of exciting events for all PAPNM members in addition to the gala opening and awards presentation on Friday evening with details to be announced.
    • So, plan to join in the fun, save your best work, and beginning TBD - apply through CaFÉ at (click on Find Calls and then search for PAPNM).
    • Looking forward to seeing you in Taos!
    Co-Chairs: Phyllis Gunderson and Beth Cooper.

      Not a PAPNM member? Select Join Us.

      Watch this website and your email for new information or a 2020 prospectus. 

    Past Events

    10 May 2020 The Art of the Kitchen Online Contest
    02 Apr 2020 Cure the Quarantine Blues One Week Online Contest
    10 Mar 2020 2019-20 Winter Wonderland Online Contest
    07 Mar 2020 2020 Santa Fe Plein Air Fiesta
    04 Feb 2020 2020 Taos Art Museum at Fechin Invitational Exhibition
    19 Dec 2019 2019 Color Passages Fall Online Contest
    05 Oct 2019 Demo by Judge of Awards, Peggi Kroll-Roberts
    04 Oct 2019 Opening Reception and Awards Presentation
    04 Oct 2019 11th National Juried Members Exhibition
    10 Sep 2019 2019 Cloud Appreciation Online Contest
    11 Jul 2019 2019 Taos Plein Air Events
    10 Jun 2019 2019 Signs of Spring Online Contest
    08 Jun 2019 2019 Clovis Community College Non-juried Show
    10 Mar 2019 2018-19 Winter Wonderland Online Contest Dec 22-Mar 10
    10 Dec 2018 2018 Color Passages Fall Online Contest Sep 22-Dec 10
    06 Nov 2018 2018-19 Fechin Invitational Winter Exhibition (Nov 6 - Mar 4)
    04 Nov 2018 Workshop with Ray Roberts, Judge of Awards - THE NEXT LEVEL OF LANDSCAPE PAINTING.
    02 Nov 2018 10th National Juried Members Exhibition-2018
    14 Sep 2018 Los Alamos Non-juried Fall Event and Show
    12 Sep 2018 Workshop by Los Alamos Show Judge, Natasha Isenhour
    10 Sep 2018 2018 Cloud Appreciation Online Contest
    25 Jun 2018 PAPNM Exhibition at Clovis Community College
    22 Jun 2018 Opening Reception PAPNM Exhibition at Clovis Community College
    04 May 2018 Santa Fe Plein Air Fiesta Opening and Awards Reception
    04 May 2018 May 4-6. Stephanie Hartshorn Workshop
    02 May 2018 2018 SFPAF Paintout Diablo Canyon
    01 May 2018 2018 SFPAF Paintout Santa Fe Railyard Park
    30 Apr 2018 2018 SFPAF Paintout Los Luceros
    29 Apr 2018 2018 SFPAF Paintout Rio Chama Downstream of Abiquiu
    28 Apr 2018 2018 SFPAF Paintout Orilla Verde Recreation Area
    28 Apr 2018 Santa Fe Plein Air Fiesta - Juried Paintout Competition (Apr 28-May 2) and Show (May 4-18)
    20 Mar 2018 2018 Signs of Spring Online Contest
    10 Mar 2018 2018 Winter Wonderland Contest Deadline
    20 Feb 2018 SFPAF Deadline for registration and payment of participation & membership fees by accepted artists
    03 Nov 2017 Opening Reception & Awards Presentation
    06 May 2017 2017 Spring Paintout and Exhibition
    06 Nov 2016 Change in demo schedule: Mike Mahon to demonstrate
    28 Sep 2016 MEMBER SHOW Jury Notification by email
    10 Jun 2016 2016 Santa Fe Plein Air Festival Enchanted Skies Award Event
    10 Jun 2016 4-Day Frank LaLumia Workshop (following 2016 SFPAF)
    14 Jun 2014 SIGN UP for the 2-Day Teresa Onoda Workshop
    12 May 2014 Prospectus - 2014 Enchanted Lands: Celebrating NM Public Lands
    25 Apr 2014 Plein Air Magazine Co-op Ad Opportunity - June/July Issue
    07 Dec 2013 Sign up for 2013 PAPNM Annual Meeting and Election of Officers
    12 Sep 2013 Sign up for the Socorro (multi-day) Paintout, sponsored by PAPNM
    09 Aug 2013 Plein Air Magazine Co-op Ad Opportunity - Oct/Nov Issue
    28 Apr 2013 SIGN UP for the 2013 PAPNM Members' Annual Juried Exhibition
    08 Dec 2012 Sign up for 2012 PAPNM Annual Meeting and Election of Officers
    26 Aug 2012 SIGN UP Anita Louise West Workshop
    12 Aug 2012 SIGN UP 2012 PAPNM Members' Annual Juried Exhibition
    12 Aug 2012 Sign up for the 2012 PAPNM Art in the Parks - A Juried Exhibition
    27 Feb 2012 Southwest Art magazine Co-operative Ad - June 2012 "Plein Air" Issue
    03 Dec 2011 Sign up for PAPNM 2011 Annual Meeting
    03 Mar 2011 Southwest Art Co-op Ad
    04 Dec 2010 PAPNM Annual Meeting
    19 Nov 2010 PAPNM Art in the Parks Members Open Exhibition
    09 Oct 2010 PAPNM Members Juried Show Oct 9 - Nov 14, 2010
    04 Sep 2010 PAPNM Little Gems Juried Show Sept 4 - Oct 28, 2010
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