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  • 13 May 2018 6:23 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    I am pleased to share that I have had 2 solo shows in 2018. One in Lexington, VA in February and the current show, "Simply Southern", at On the Waterfront Gallery in Apalachicola, Fl. It opened with an artist reception, May 4 and will run through the end of the month.

    I am honored and humbled that my painting "Morning Sparkles" was juried into the NOAPS Best of America small works show at Richland Fine Art in Nashville TN, April 30- May 26. I am thrilled to announce that the painting won an award of merit at the opening reception May 4.

    I am looking forward to the plein air season... I will be painting in the Carmel Art Festival, May 16-20, Plein Air Southwest, Rockland Center for the Arts, May 20-27, and the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival in Canada, June14-17.

    Suzanne G. Morris, ASMA, PAPNM, PAAC, WAOW
    Studio de la Mar
    PO Box 1213
    Nags Head, NC 27959

  • 30 Mar 2018 12:38 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    Signature Member Damien Gonzales received an Honorable Mention at the 2nd Annual American Impressionist Society Impressions Small Works Showcase. Below is a link to the AIS page to review the entire show. AIS also has some video and other information on their Facebook page. Attached is a better picture of Damien's 8”x10” oil on panel.
    2nd Annual AIS Impressions Small Works Showcase

  • 30 Mar 2018 12:27 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    A dream vacation filled with art and beauty / Ming Franz Tuscany Workshop
    Join Ming on an adventure to the beautiful La Romita School of Art in Italy,
    May 21 - 31, 2018. There will be tons to do: enjoy sightseeing, plein air painting, studio time, museums, explore art, architecture, cuisine, shopping and more!
    Visit the website for details about the school:

    Visit Ming's website to view her work

    Please sign up soon to secure your place!
    Contact the artist for questions: or 505-281-4956

    Dates: May 21 - 31, 2018
    • Arrival Rome on 21st before 10:30 am.
    • Depart Rome on May 31 at 10:30 am sharp.
    • Airfare to and from Rome is not included.
    • Transportation to La Romita is provided.
    • Fee: $2,700.00 USD
    • Fee includes Ming's class and double occupancy room for 10-day stay, meals and lunches for outings. **Single occupancy additional $300.
    To complete your enrollment, please go to

    Click on Ming's class info and fill out the enrollment form at the bottom of the page.
    A school representative will contact you to finalize details.

  • 08 Mar 2018 6:27 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    Hello Painters,
    Attached is a flyer for a workshop that I am doing in Albuquerque in April.
    I hope that you can attend!

    Figure Flyer 2018.pdf

  • 08 Mar 2018 4:50 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    PAPNM member, Marian Berg, will be exhibiting her landscape paintings at O'Niells Heights Community Art Gallery, 3301 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque, NM. The opening reception for "Images of Earth and Sky" is Tuesday, March 20, 2018, from 5 pm to 7 pm. The show runs from March 4 to March 31.

  • 08 Mar 2018 4:04 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    Sail and paint aboard an historic windjammer!

    Rockport, Maine:  There are many painting workshops on the Maine coast, but The Age of Sail promises to be the most unusual. It’s the brainchild of teacher Carol Douglas and veteran windjammer Captain John Foss of the schooner American Eagle.

    From June 10-14, a select group of painting students will set out on a four-day cruise of Penobscot Bay. While Captain Foss navigates the bay’s beautiful islands and harbors, Douglas will teach plein air painting to passengers.

    Is it even possible to paint from a moving boat? “It’s different from painting on land—quicker, more immediate, and more fleeting,” says Douglas, who is known for her paintings of the spring fit-out at North End Shipyard. “I’ve painted from the deck of the American Eagle twice now. Last fall, I started sharing my materials spontaneously with other passengers, and the idea for a sailing workshop was born.”

    The watery landscape changes minute-by-minute, according to Douglas. “The water might be quicksilver in one direction and deep indigo looking another way. The shore is different depending on the tides. And the skies are always changing over the ocean.”

    The American Eagle was launched in 1930, the last wooden fishing schooner built in Gloucester, MA. She was purchased in 1984 by Captain Foss, who restored her for the windjammer trade. “She’s a beautiful, comfortable boat, and her crew is kind and welcoming,” says Douglas. "The boat is a relic of the age of sail, but it’s been updated with comfortable berths, fresh linens, modern heads and a fresh-water shower."

    The trip lasts four days and includes an evening “gam,” a raft-up of the great schooner fleet of the mid-coast region, providing an opportunity to sketch or photograph the boats as they come in. Lighthouses, unspoiled scenery, and wildlife are part of every trip. “Our sail will be in puffin season,” notes Douglas.

    Painters will concentrate on water media—watercolor and gouache—and all levels of experience are welcome. “It’s a small, focused class, so it will be one-on-one instruction rather than group lectures,” says Douglas. All materials, tools, accommodations and meals are included in the $1020 fee.

    For more information, contact American Eagle at 1-800-648-4544, or visit

  • 09 Feb 2018 2:55 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    I’m happy to announce my addition to the 2018 Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) faculty in Santa Fe, NM on April 16-20. This is the world’s largest plein air painting event. Join us in Santa Fe for the time of your life (you may want to register soon because spots fill quickly the closer we get to the event)! To find out more about #PACE18, go to Hope to see you in Santa Fe!

  • 09 Feb 2018 2:46 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    From Joe Anna Arnett, Artist Member of PAPNM:

    I am happy to announce my addition to the 2018 Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) faculty in Santa Fe, NM on April 16-20. I will be doing a demonstration / instruction session as well as one of the critique sessions. This is the world’s largest plein air painting event. I encourage you to join us in Santa Fe for the time of your life and, if you register soon you’ll receive the lowest possible price. The convention is getting close to be sold out. To find out more about #PACE18, head on over to See you in Santa Fe!

    Also, it is always nice to be included in a new book. This one is The Encyclopedia of Oil Techniques by Jeremy Galton, published in England. The painting is "Wandering Wildflowers" a plein air work done in southern Colorado.

  • 07 Feb 2018 3:55 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    A message from PAPNM Master Signature Member Peggy Immel:

    I am happy to announce my addition to the 2018 Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) faculty in Santa Fe, NM on April 16-20. Join us in Santa Fe for the time of your life. Register now because spots fill quickly the closer we get to the event! To find out more about #PACE18, head on over to Be sure to look me up and say hi or introduce yourself if we haven't met. See you at the convention.

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