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  • 03 Dec 2021 4:00 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    Natasha Isenhour, Past PAPNM President, had an opening at the Ventana Gallery at 400 Canyon Road, Dec 3, with 35 new works!! Natasha is represented by the gallery, one of the most prestigious in Santa Fe!!.

    Visit the Ventana Gallery website and click on the interview with Wolfgang and Natasha at the top (as of Dec 2021). Wonderful descriptions of what inspired her to paint each piece and what made each subject irresistible:

  • 02 Dec 2021 12:23 PM | Stephanie West (Administrator)

    Hi Folks, I'm pretty excited to find out "Plein Air Magazine" featured my painting "Berkshire Barn 9x12" along with a corresponding article for the front cover of the new Dec/Jan issue. Many thanks to Plein Air Magazine and writer Bob Bahr for penning the article!

  • 01 Dec 2021 5:04 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    From the Bridge

    By Barbara Coleman
    12 x 16 in.
    Best in Show Award for the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico National Exhibition Sorrel Sky Gallery, Santa Fe NM

    Barbara: ""From the Bridge" is featured in this month- which is a real honor. I have included some of my thoughts about what this painting means to me, and the deep symbolism of bridges. Hope you enjoy the article! Just click on the link below [sic] to read the article." 

  • 25 Nov 2021 8:36 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    Peggy Trigg, Windy Point, oil, 36 x 36.

    Meet 10 women who are making their marks: 

    Click here for full list and description in the Southwest Art  Magazine.

    Interview/excerpt with PAPNM's Signature Member, Peggy Trigg:

    Where do you live and work? Questa, NM, a village just north of Taos. I create my artwork mostly outside in the local area.

    What are your favorite subjects to depict? The landscape. I was raised in the country in northern New Mexico and have a deep love for it. My favorite things to paint include the Rio Grande Gorge and high-desert sage.

    How would you describe your style? I am an impressionistic painter, sometimes leaning a little toward expressionism. I paint fast and loose using a large brush or a painting spatula. I love design, so I focus a lot on shape, color, texture, and line and not so much on the actual representation of a scene.

    Where did you study art? I started my art schooling in Austin, TX, and finished up my formal education at the University of New Mexico.

    What is your proudest art accomplishment? I think my proudest accomplishment is that I have followed my dream. I have been creating art most of my life and am represented by four galleries. I also have six pieces in public art collections, including one in Sasebo, Japan.

    When you’re not creating art, what else do you enjoy doing? I love where I live, which is right next to the Carson National Forest. I enjoy being outside hiking, working in the yard, or playing with my pets.

    What galleries represent your work? Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, Taos, NM; La Mesa of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM; Romero Street Gallery, Albuquerque, NM; Jezebel Gallery, Madrid, NM;

  • 22 Nov 2021 9:00 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    It's always good to see how members transitioned from their previous life to plein air painting.  Jack was recently given a Hall of Fame inductee spotlight in the magazine of the Association of Energy Engineers. Please read the attached: pages 17 - 19.

    The article includes: 

    You’re retired, but are you still working? After four decades, I still love the work. So I find time to serve on two Corporate Boards of energy companies. But now I can spend more time on an old passion – Plein Air oil painting. My path to this moment is atypical for either a CEM or a Plein Air Painter. My profound appreciation for our planet gave me the conviction for professional success and now drives my passion for painting.


    Has your lifelong career impacted your creativity in retirement? The passion for preserving resources, and the environment, is not something you turn off. Beginning painting again helps me continue to put a spotlight on that passion. My goal is to create images that reflect the beauty of our environment, my love of mountain landscapes, and hopefully tug at the viewer’s heartstrings just a little bit. I hope my paintings motivate viewers to value and question the environment and energy consumption behavior. If that is the case, I may continue to positively impact the planet in a small way, just as I did as an AEE member.

  • 19 Nov 2021 2:41 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    Congratulations to PAPNM Master Signature Member, Jane Hunt

    "I have exciting news to share!! Honored to learn that I'm among the fifteen most awarded artists in the US. For those of you on Instagram you can learn more @artdataintel....I've also shared their post below.


    Repost: Jane Hunt is the twelfth most awarded artist across USA based art contests, over the last 13 years.

    Hunt ranks: 1st at PleinAir Salon competing against 563 award winning artists and she has won multiple awards at American Impressionist Society, International ARC Salon, BoldBrush Art Contest, National Oil, Acrylic Painters’ Society and Oil Painters of America (where she holds the record for the most OPA awards won in a single year - 5  in 2018 -)"

  • 19 Nov 2021 11:56 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Katherine Irish, PAPNM Artist Member.

    Katherine: "Midsummer Days End" was juried into the American Artists Professional League's - 93rd Grand National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club of New York. The work will be on exhibit from November 8th and November 19th in New York. 

    "Midsummer Day's End" received the Frank C. Wright Medal of Honor Award!  "What an honor to be associated with such fine artists!!! Thank you American Artists Professional League!"

    To view the show go to"

  • 16 Nov 2021 6:40 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    Richard Alan Nichols: "I’m humbled again to be honored and given the “Taos Aglow” magazine Cover!!! Thank you Taos News and Chris Baker!"

  • 15 Nov 2021 11:49 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    Oct 15 - Nov 27, 2021

    Michele Byrne:

    "THRILLED to find out that I won an Award of Excellence at the Oil Painters of America Western Exhibit!!

    Thank you OPA and thank you Jeremy Goodding for the award and your thoughts about my piece.

    Congratulations to all the award winners at the Mary R. Koch Arts Center in Wichita, Kansas!"

  • 06 Nov 2021 12:23 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    As the air brings back the familiar cool weather of fall, I am reminded  of all that we have to be grateful for.  Not only as artists, but as friends and neighbors.  This is the season of thanksgiving for all of our blessings.  We are blessed to have the desire, talent and the ability to capture the beauty of the landscape with our own views and perspectives. Please embrace that spirit of gratitude as you celebrate with family and dear ones this month.

    Writing of gratitude, we as an organization had a lovely opening of the 13th National Members Juried Exhibition at Sorrel Sky Fine Art Galley in Santa Fe.  Not only did the event team headed up by VP Carole Belliveau and Events Director Beth Cooper put on a wonderful event, it was well attended and we had a wonderful number of sales before and during the Opening.  Whoo hoo! Collectors were able to meet and discuss their new treasures with the artists that created them!  Our esteemed Judge of Awards Jill Carver gave a mini - master class in painting excellence as she announced her selections and rationale. Check out the PAPNM Web page 2021 13th National Juried Members Exhibition, the Sorrel Sky web page   and our social media page for more information and video. .   

    Let your family and friends know that there are many treasures to be had hanging on the gallery walls!

    Congratulations again to our winners

    • Best of Show Barbara Coleman
    • Best of Signature Members Jane Chapin
    • Best of Artists Members Chris Morel
    • Award of Excellence: Oil Media David Mayer
    • Honorable Mention: Oil Media Allen Brocbank
    • Award of Excellence: Wet Media Erik Speyer
    • Honorable Mention: Wet Media Nora Larimer
    • Award of Excellence: Dry Media Margi Lucena
    • Honorable Mention: Dry Media Paige Smith-Wyatt
    • PAPNM Founders Award (new) Michele Byrne
    • Enchanted Sky Cecilia Robertson
    • Louisa McElwain Memorial Award Barbara Clark
    • Jeffrey Potter Memorial Award Dick Wimberly
    • Artist’s Choice Maggie Robinson
    • Sorrell Sky Gallery Award Michele Byrne

    Please join me in welcoming our new members:

    • Rachel Pearson of Los Alamos, New Mexico
    • Misty Pilgrim of Albuquerque Fe, New Mexico
    • Susan Woelk of Chamisal, New Mexico 

    We have two Paint Outs coming up...

    A reminder about our partners in the art world. 

    • We recently entered an agreement with Fine Art Store,  such that when a PAPNM artist purchases material from their site and self identifies as a PAPNM member in the notes section at checkout, we can earn up to 5% credit that Fine Art Store will be able to extend digital gift cards that we can in turn use for prizes at our events.  We all need more supplies, right?
    • Art of the West is putting out it's Guidebook of Art 2022.  They have competitive ad rates.  Contact them @ 1800-937-9194 or email to reserve space if you are interested.

    Its that time of year to consider how you might get involved with the PAPNM Board of Directors.  You each received an email from Natasha Isenhour in September outlining our call for nominations for the Board and other volunteer opportunities.  Please contact Natasha ( to discuss your interests either as a potential board member or a member of one of the teams supporting the board. Together we all make this organization special! 

    Our next board meeting will be November19, 2021. Please join us if you are able. Please note we will keep non board members on mute and open Zoom Chat for your questions.  We will get to your questions and commentary during or at the end of the meeting as we are able.

    Topic: PAPNM Board Meeting November (Meeting starts at 9:30 AM)

    Time: Nov 12, 2021 09:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 

    Meeting ID: 878 6243 3997

    Passcode: 586376

    Best Regards, 

    Phyllis Gunderson, PAPNM President

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