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2021 PAPNM President

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  • 06 May 2022 10:15 AM | Phyllis Gunderson (Administrator)

    Hello fellow painters of PAPNM.  Normally the beginning of May is a joyful time of new green leaves, emerging flowers and beautiful skies.  Unfortunately, not this year. I would like to acknowledge that many of us have been and will continue to be preoccupied by the tragic fires ravaging our state. We are watching the weather and wildfire updates with trepidation.  These fires are not only consuming much of our state’s beauty but also causing real harm to residents, homes, livestock and wildlife.  If you are impacted or under evacuation watch or order, please take care of you and yours.  This situation just brings home the point that our environment is fragile and must be revered and protected.  As we go out to paint, I am reminded that we must be mindful of our potential impact on the land

    A few things happening this month.

    • PACE:  I would like congratulate those painters who have been juried into the PAPNM exhibit at Plein Air Convention and Expo Santa Fe NM this month.  The. Album is now available.   PACE starts on the 17th and will run until the 21st at Buffalo Thunder Hotel in Santa Fe.  If you are going to the event, I hope to see you there.  Don’t forget to check out our booth in the Expo Hall, which is open to the public.  Our booth number is 702. In addition to some really wonderful paintings hanging and available for sale, we will have painting demonstrations by PAPNM Masters Peggy Immel and Joe Anna Arnett.  Also we have several members on Faculty at PACE, make sure you check out their presentation or at least say hello.  Contact me or Cynthia Inson (cynthia@cynjkclay.com) if you have questions. 
    • 2022 Taos Art Museum at Fechin Invitational Exhibition is finishing up this month.  It closes on the 15th.  If you haven't had an opportunity to get up to see the exhibit, you really should make the time and take in the insightful work of Master and Signature artists of this organization.  I might be a bit biased but I really do believe we have some of the best artists in the country represented in this group.  Here is the link to the Album
    • Mentorship Program   New Mentorship Program now available to members that may have questions about our group’s activities, need advice setting up equipment for plein air or just need friendly encouragement in their art journey. We have a group of enthusiastic intermediate and advanced artist members that have volunteered their time and energy to help members in the spirit of sharing and friendship who may be in an earlier stage of their plein air journey in the spirit of sharing and friendship. Carole Bellivieu is the program chair, drop her at line if you have questions at carolebelliveau@gmail.com
    • Paint Out:  at the San Francisco Asis Mission Church and Ranchos de Taos Plaza 60 St. Francis Plaza, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557 on May 21st at 9am. Here is the link to the  Paint Out Schedule for the Year 
    • Open Board Meeting on May 27 at 11am.  As usual, please keep your phone on mute and use the chat function to ask questions etc.  Here is the link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83874791765?pwd=TlJINk53SWlPZ2UyWVNSN20yZ29Gdz09   Meeting ID: 838 7479 1765, Passcode: 594911

    Master Signature Focus on Joe Anna Arnett of Santa Fe

    Joe Anna has been an active member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico since 2016 and a Master since 2020.  Joe Anna is the recipient of the Plein Air Magazine’s Life Time Achievement Award and will be honored at this month’s PACE at Buffalo Thunder Resort in Santa Fe.  
    A little bit about this amazing talent and wonderful friend and colleague:  Joe Anna Arnett earned a BFA degree from the University of Texas. She then worked for Young & Rubicam Advertising in New York as a senior art director working on such accounts as Merrill Lynch and the US Postal Service. She continued her studies in fine art at the Art Students League of New York for several years.  In 1997, she became a Master Artist of the Artists in America Show at the Denver Historical Society Museum. She has also exhibited at museums around the country and in 2006 she was honored by the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK as one of their featured artists in the Rendezvous exhibition. Arnett exhibited in the Prix de West show at the national Cowboy Hall of Fame for 14 years. Arnett is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America, Signature member of Laguna Plein Air Painters and Master Signature member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, Master Signature member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and an elected member of The Salmagundi Club.  Arnett has participated in Plein Air Maui, Plein Air Southwest, En Plein Air Texas and Paint Grand Traverse. 
    Arnett has written articles for The Artist’s Magazine, American Arts Quarterly, ART Ideas and Australian Artists Magazine and has been featured in The International Herald Tribune, Southwest Art, Western Art Digest, Art of the West and the North Light books Painting with Passion, The Best of Flower Painting, I and II and North Light’s Sketchbook Confidential II. She authored the North Light Book “Painting Sumptuous Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers in Oil”.  
    She is represented by Zaplin Lampert, Santa Fe, NM from 1989 to present.  

    Check out Joe Anna Arnett Fine Art at https://www.joeannaarnett.com.

    Welcome to new Members

    I’d like to be among the first but certainly not the last to welcome our new members.  so glad you decided to join us.
    • Dana Aldis of Gallup, New Mexico
    • Diana Delander of Santa Fe, New Mexico
    • Ellen DeWitt of Rowe, New Mexico
    • Cheryl Dietz of Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • Martha Griego of Santa Fe, New Mexico
    • Hannah Heaton of Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • M, Jane Hocking  of Belen, New Mexico
    • Marian Jackson of Taos, New Mexico
    • Tatiana Koch of Arroyo Seco, New Mexico
    • Janet Levy of Durham, North Carolina
    • Gayle Lewis of Farmington, New Mexico
    • Fran Mayfield of Farmington, New Mexico
    • Eric Wiswell of Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Let's support our neighbors as the first responders work to bring these tragic fires to an end in our state.
  • 04 Apr 2022 3:44 PM | Phyllis Gunderson (Administrator)

    Happy April and warmer days!  It's so very nice to see and feel the spring sunshine on my face again.  Hoping all of you are out and about getting in some quality painting time in the beautiful outdoors.  

    I would like to take a moment to acknowledge and welcome our new members.  We are excited and happy that you have decided to join us!  Check out the profiles linked on the Home page.

    • Kati D’Amore from Royal Oaks, California
    • Marilynn Brandenburger from Fort Collins, Colorado
    • Sarah Bridge from Gallup, New Mexico
    • LaDonna Daniel from Amarillo, Texas
    • Susan Hall from Santa Fe, New Mexico
    • Sibyl Johnson from Carmel, California
    • Joshua Lance from Santa Fe, New Mexico
    • Jim Lusk from Alburquerque, New Mexico
    • Jeffery Sparks from Newton, Kansas

    I have recently recieved a number of questions on Signature Membership in PAPNM.  Here is this link to the information Signature and Master SignatureApplications.pdfGuide to Applying to Signature and Master Signature Membership.pdf  If you have any other questions, please contact Jane Frederick (jfrederick13@att.net).

    This month, I’d like to start highlighting our Master Signature members.  This level of membership is reserved for those that achieved significant artistic expertise and distinction in plein air painting. One such member is Albert Handell.  Albert has been a long time active member of our organization contributing much to the reputation of PAPNM and the growth of our members.  He is a master in both oil and pastel mediums.  Fortunate are the collectors that have one or more of his paintings exhibited.  Please see the Featured Master of the Month section on the Home page for the rest of the story. Check out his page https://www.alberthandellstudio.com 

    An update on our booth at Plein Air Convention and Expo Santa Fe NM - May 17 - 21. Cafe has closed and now it it up to our very talented jurors to make those hard decisions on scoring.  Are you interested in helping out at PACE? If you are, there are two opportunities.  Cynthia Inson (cynthia@cynjkclay.com) can be contacted to help out in our PAPNM sales and demo booth. In addition, you can sign up with Plein Air Magazine to help out at the convention itself.  Here is the link: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/481200cb2edc4e07bec2f18497d771e6. They are still looking for volunteers.  Lets help out where we can!  

    Have you seen the Plein Air Magazine section "The Artist Guide to Painting in Northern New Mexico” and the PACE Special Section in the magazine? We were so very well represented!  Our very own Joe Anna Arnett was on the front page of the section!  It's amazing the breadth and depth of talent in this organization.  Check out the Home page and the News section!

    Call for volunteers: As you know it takes many hands to make all these things happen. If you are interested in getting more involved, drop Gwen Ethelbah (pentemeyer@gmail.com) a note to match you up for the best place to get involved.  By volunteering  - even just a bit - you get so much more back than you put in!  

    • Coordinator for fundraising.  yes this position is still open.  This person will  work with events leaders and our partners in the art world for donations for our event winners.  Please consider this position.  Merrimon Kennedy did a fantastic job last year in not only working with the events teams, but in also organizing the outreach to partners.  Contact Gwen Ethelbah (pentemeyer@gmail.com) if you think this might be a good fit for you. 
    • Communications team members.   Please contact Stephanie West (art@stephaniewest.com) if you are interested in this very important function 
    • Are you interested in helping with events?  Please contact Cynthia Inson (cynthia@cynjkclay.com). 

    Couple of dates to remember:

    Take care and enjoy our shared passion of interpreting the beauty of the outdoors!

    Best Regards, Phyllis!

  • 02 Mar 2022 7:13 PM | Phyllis Gunderson (Administrator)

    Hi there and happy March.  Hope you are all getting out and about in this beautiful country of ours.  I have a couple of things to share with you this month.

    You all received a survey on education activities on February 18th.  As far as surveys go, we really did get a good response.  For those that responded, a great big thank you.  The board met and based on your input made a couple of decisions.  We will seek out educational activities for the membership and do our best to negotiate discounted rates on behalf of those that would like to avail themselves of that opportunity.  Where it makes sense we will also look at modest PAPNM investments in the educational offering, depending on the impact on the budget and if the training is for a wide cross-section of the membership.  The areas that we will first focus will be demonstrations in oil painting, training in plein air painting and classes in "Determining your Unique Message" (as a business owner).  In addition, we are seeking to have a coordinator on the Membership and Education team to focus on these topics and a variety of ways to deliver education in a meaningful way.  If you have any other questions or comments, please contact Jane Frederick (jfrederick13@att.net).

    The second thing I would like to share is that we have a venue for National!  Whoo hoo.  Many thanks to Cynthia Inson for working through the issues and finding a gallery that would like to partner with us for our premier event of the year.  It will be held at the Wild Sage Gallery located at 129 Kit Carson Rd, Taos.  The dates are 10/28 - 11/10/2022.  As we get more information we will be sharing it on the webpage and of course I will be sharing the highlights here, in my monthly missive.

    An update on our booth at PACE - May 17 - 21. It’s moving along.  As you know, CafeTMis open and will be until March 31, 2022   Please get those beautiful images submitted. We are fortunate to have two great jurors of entry: Jane Hunt and Lorenzo Chavez.  If you have questions or would like to help out, drop me or Cynthia Inson (cynthia@cynjkclay.com) a note.  Here is the link to the page Plein Air Convention and Expo Santa Fe NM.  

    We have arranged with Plein Air Magazine an opportunity for you to advertise in "The Artist Guide to Painting in Northern New Mexico".  There are special supplement advertising rates for you to consider.   Contact Gina Ward at 920-746-9603 or gward@streamlinepublishing.com today.

    As you know it takes many hands to make these things happen. If you are interested in getting more involved, drop me or Gwen Ethelbah (pentemeyer@gmail.com) a note to steer you to the right people.  That written, here are the few that really could use your attention. The most pressing in my mind is the coordinator for fundraising.  This person will  work with the leaders of our events and our partners in the art world for donations for our event winners.  Please consider this position.  Merrimon Kennedy did a fantastic job last year in not only working with the events teams, but in also organizing the outreach to partners.  Contact Gwen Ethelbah (pentemeyer@gmail.com) if you think this might be a good fit for you.  We need people to help out in Communications as well.   Please contact Stephanie West (art@stephaniewest.com) if you are interested.  And finally but certainly not last, are you interested in helping with events?  Please contact Cynthia Inson (cynthia@cynjkclay.com).


    Id like to be among the first but certainly not the last to welcome our new members!

    • Iva Stavrov from Taos, NM
    • Deborah Harris from Capitan, NM
    • Leigh Ferst from New Your, NY
    • Lewis Williams from Montrose, CO

    Couple of dates to remember

  • 04 Feb 2022 1:07 PM | Phyllis Gunderson (Administrator)

    Hope all of you are enjoying the clear days we have and are getting out and painting as much as you are able and staying warm!

    The 2022 Board of Directors had its first meeting of the year and accomplished much.  

    The 2022 Board of Directors includes

    • President:  Phyllis Gunderson  
    • Vice President:  Carole Belliveau
    • Treasurer:  Ginny Bracht
    • Secretary: Wendy Ahlm
    • Historian:  Gwen Ethelbah
    • Membership & Education Director: Jane Frederick
    • Events Director: Cynthia Inson
    • Communications Director: Stephanie West
    • Past President:  Natasha Isenhour

    We went over the Bylaws to insure we were all on the same page as well as our roles and understood our responsibilities.   We reviewed and adopted our initial budget for the year.  In the revisit of the 2022 Goals and Objectives we discussed in the 2021 Year End Meeting the four top level goals are essentially unchanged. We are in the process of making some updates on the specifics and how to measure them.   Here is where they stand at this point in time.  As always feel free to drop me a note with your ideas.

    1. Increase PAPNM Membership 
      1. Appeal to all artists - increase membership by 10% from 2021 year end numbers
      2. Define educational programs for 2022
      3. Define educational growth opportunities for artists as a result of our 2022 member survey (You should be seeing that in your in-boxes this month)
      4. Develop a Student Member Program for full time art students in 2 or 4 year undergraduate art program
    2. Increase transparency with our members
      1. Investigate setting up an Ombudsman program and process to address member concerns (independent person to field inquires)
      2. Have 2 open board meetings this year. More if necessary.
      3. Increase volunteerism
    3. Increase sales opportunities for our members
      1. Shows
      2. Investigate Online Sales and Auctions opportunities
    4. Decrease the complexity Board Administrative Operations 

    We went over the actions we need to get our events scheduled for the rest of the year.  Headed up by our Events Director Cynthia Inson, we are putting most of our effort in nailing down dates and venues.  As you well may be aware, committing space for a gallery for and organization's event is a big deal, impacting their current artists space and overall business plan.  We are so grateful for those galleries that have invested in PAPNM in the past.  We do, however, have three events scheduled: 

    • The Invitational Exhibition and Show for our Signature and Master Signature members in April at the Fechin Museum in Taos (Chaired by Natasha Isenhour and Barbara Coleman) 
    • PAPNM booth at PACE in May.  We should have the prospectus up for the PACE Booth by early next week, with Cafe opening within 1-2 weeks. Cynthia Inson and I are chairing this event.
    • Non-Juried Paint out and Show at Los Alamos in September.

    The other opportunity we have coming up is discounted advertising the Plein Air Magazine.  Watch your email and the web site for specifics.

    I would also like to extend a warm welcome to our newest members. 

    • Tom Brown from Fairview, Texas
    • Leslie Coburn from Tularosa, New Mexico
    • Kerry DISanto from Santa Fe, New Mexico
    • Karen Elliott from Annapolis, Maryland
    • Lisa Frank from Santa Fe, New Mexico
    • Karen Lieberman from Questa, New Mexico
    • Janet Muir from Las Cruces, New Mexico
    • Denise Natanson Marcus from Santa Fe, New Mexico
    • Ju Oshiro from Santa Fe,, New Mexico
    • Kate Raphael from Dixon, New Mexico
    • Richie Vios from Austin, Texas
    • Bill Wood from Boulder, Colorado

    One of the things that always comes up in volunteer organizations is the need for the members to engage in our community  We have opportunities and needs right now where you can help.  

    • Fund Raising Chair - this person will oversee and coordinate with the Events team for the prizes for our events.  This is a key position.  Please contact me (pagunderson@att.net) or Carole Belliveau (carolebelliveau@gmail.com) if you are interested.  
    • Paint Out Coordinators. We need to augment our team to replace our wonderful coordinators from last year.  Specifically, coordinators are needed for Central New Mexico, Western New Mexico and Southern New Mexico.  What this entails is scouting paint out locations, Setting up the paint out information on the website and either hosting or scheduling a host for the Paint Out.  Please contact Cynthia Inson (cynthia@cynjkclay.com) if you can fill this very important role.
    • Event Team Members:  We have two events actively in the works right now: the Invitational for our Master Signature and Signature Members in April and our PAPNM booth at PACE.  Contact Cynthia Inson (cynthia@cynjkclay.com) if you can serve on one of these core teams.  
    • Communications Team Members:  We are looking for members to assist with Advertising, Social Media and Press Releases and our You Tube Channel.  Please contact Stephanie West (art@stephaniewest.com) for more information on these opportunities

    As always take care and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us and keep create those beautiful paintings.

    Warmest Regards, Phyllis


  • 18 Dec 2021 12:50 PM | Phyllis Gunderson (Administrator)

    As many of you may have heard we concluded the Year-End meeting in which we elected a 2022 Board of Directors.  If you are interested in their PAPNM centric biographies you can find it here 2021 Annual Meeting & Election of the 2022 Board .You will note that Natasha has graciously agreed to stay in her position for another year!

    • President: Phyllis Gunderson  
    • Vice President: Carole Belliveau
    • Treasurer: Ginny Bracht
    • Secretary: Wendy Ahlm
    • Historian:  Gwen Ethelbah
    • Membership & Education Director: Jane Frederick
    • Events Director: Cynthia Inson
    • Communications Director:  Stephanie West
    • Past President:  Natasha Isenhour

    To those that attended, thank you for your suggestions and insights.  Here is a link to the Year End Report:  2021 Year in Review Dec 11.pdf

    I would like to first thank again, Anita West and Elizabeth (Beth) Ming Cooper for their many contributions in 2021.  Also, I would like to welcome our new members of the Board Gwen Ethelbah, Historian  and Cynthia Inson, Events Director.  I have to say that I am excited about the 2022 Board of Directors with our retuning talent and new volunteers. 

    Writing of volunteers, this organization runs on the energy of those giving their time and talents.  We are looking for several key positions to be filled:  Fundraising Chair, Event Chairs and team members, Communication team members to include Print media liaison, documentation team members, website support Social Media; Education Coordinator, and membership team members.  

    Also I would like to share our year end report.  As you can see the organization has really accomplished much this last year. 

    In closing wishing you all the blessings of the season and from our home, Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

  • 06 Dec 2021 9:08 PM | Phyllis Gunderson (Administrator)

    I hope this email finds you all well and happily painting.  We are among the fortunate to have an avocation and vocations that takes us into the transcendent beauty that is unique to our landscape. While some of us don’t venture out in to the great outdoors as often in the colder months and spend more time in the studio, it is a time of joy and gratitude for the beauty that surrounds us. Whether we are taking those studies from the warmer times and working from them into studio paintings or going out to catch that one more study, it is all about the journey.  It is about learning to see more clearly, to see how we can best interpret the land, how we find and refine our artistic voice.

    As the year draws to a close, it has been an honor to serve you in the organization as we paint and learn together regardless of the challenges we may face as an organization or in our individual circumstances. Much gratitude is owed to our board members, event chairs, paint out coordinators and many volunteers.  Their tireless efforts have helped this organization in ways seen and unseen. 

    We will be having a year end meeting soon on the 11th. This meeting will be open to Artist Members, Signature Members and master Signature Members only.  At that meeting, we will be able to do a year in review and elect new officers.  It has been a fantastic year.  Many of us are standing to return and looking to others to join the Board of Directors.  

    After the meeting I will do another post summarizing our year in Review Report and the results of our election.

    Best Regards, Phyllis 

  • 05 Nov 2021 2:56 PM | Phyllis Gunderson (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 https://sorrelsky.com/collections/13th-annual-national-juried-members-exhibition   and our social media page for more information and video. https://www.facebook.com/papnm.org .   

    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,  https://www.fineartstore.com  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 lisa@aotw.com 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 (natashaisenhour@gmail.com) 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)

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87862433997?pwd=eVRhOHI4UFBJZ0x6Rm5ZVVpKUVpvQT09 

    Meeting ID: 878 6243 3997

    Passcode: 586376


    Best Regards, 

    Phyllis Gunderson, PAPNM President


  • 14 Oct 2021 12:27 AM | Phyllis Gunderson (Administrator)

    Lots going on in PAPNM!   

    We just wrapped up a very successful Taos Plein Air  hosted by Rob Nightingale at Nightingale Fine art Gallery and the E. L. Blumenschein in Taos. Our intrepid plein air warriors were able to get out in small safe groups or alone and create beauty to mark an unusual year of enough water to scatter wildflowers in every highway median strip and every vacant piece of land in New Mexico.  This group came together to make the Taos show one of the the best we have had in sales and enthusiastic attendance. Many thanks to the Event team headed up by Dick Wimberly and Beth Cooper.  Check out the albums from this show 2021 Taos Plein Air Juried Paint Out and Show.

    We are on track for an exceptional 13th National Exhibition of the best from the best of PAPNM for 2021. Per Carole Bellivieu, Co-Chair and PAPNM VP "Sorrel Sky has been a joy to work with and we appreciate their care and enthusiasm”. You probably saw the email that came out earlier this month looking for for volunteers to help at the event.  

    The National Team has launched Sign Up Genius so that you may volunteer your time and efforts to the National Juried Members Show at Sorrel Sky Gallery. The show is a strong one with the best painting by our members this year. We know you will want to participate to make it a success. I encourage you to go to the following link to sign up to help. No job is too small. Join us in this celebration of a year well painted!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4aaea72ca1f49-13th

    For more information check out: 2021 13th National Juried Members Exhibition

    Paint out this week: Aspen Vista Picnic Area on October 16, 2021 from 9-12noon at Aspen Vista Picnic Area (and trailhead) Hyde Park Rd (HWY 475), 9.5  miles beyond 10,000 Waves Spa.  For more information and online registration, please click: Paint Out Schedule for the Year. Many thanks fo our Paint out coordinator Charles Coutret, 505-903-9247,  ccoutret@outlook.com

    Please join me in welcoming our new members:

    • Bonnie Coe of Santa Fe New Mexico
    • Mitra Devon of Santa Fe, New Mexico
    • April Gilbert of Corrales, New Mexico
    • Amy Sommer of Glen Rock New Jersey
    • Elaine Weisman of Santa Fe, New Mexico
    • Susan Woelk of Chamisal, New Mexico 
    A reminder about our partners in the art world.  We recently entered an agreement with Fine Art Store,  https://www.fineartstore.com  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?

    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 (natashaisenhour@gmail.com) 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 in November. I will send out the link for that meeting in my next email to you.  Until then, happy painting!


    Phyllis Gunderson, President

    Plein Air Painters of New Mexico


  • 06 Sep 2021 11:10 PM | Phyllis Gunderson (Administrator)

    As we welcome September and soon fall there is a lot going on in Plein Air Painters of New Mexico.  Hope this month’s note finds you well and enjoying the opportunity to paint the American landscape!


    Welcome NEW PAPNM members:  I would like to welcome on behalf of the organization the following new members to our painting group:

    • Chris Perkins from Durango, Colorado
    • Emily Donahue from Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • William Lowe from Taos, New Mexico
    • Mary Patty Ettinger from Montrose, Colorado
    Upcoming Events:

    Online Event

    2021 Summer Skies Online Contest.  

    • PAPNM Artist, Signature and Master Signature members are invited to participate in the 2021 Summer Skies Online Contest with paintings highlighting the beautiful summer skies and clouds from across the country.  Painting Period: Jun 21 - Sept 10, 2021. Out-of-state members are strongly encouraged to participate.  Upload your summer painting to the: 2021 Summer Skies Contest Album 
    • Voting Period: Sept 12 - 20. (Patrons will be able to join the Artist,  Signature and Master Signature members in the vote)

    Paint Outs:  

    • Check out our  Paint Out Schedule for the Year
    • Have an idea for a paint out, contact Beth Cooper!
    • Next scheduled is the October Paint Out at the San Francisco Asis Mission Church and Ranchos de Taos Plaza on 2 Oct. at 9am @ St Francis Plaza, Ranchos de Taos, NM
    • Juried Events
    • Taos Plein Air - Painting the Enchanted Circle Arrangements continue to be refined by Dick Wimberly and his hard working team.  Watch for announcements at the 2021 Taos Plein Air Juried Paint Out and Show as well as emails from the event team.  It looks to be a great event.
    • 13th National Juried Members Exhibition Carole Bellivieu and her team are working hard to ensure we have a fabulous premier event this year.  Want to help out.  Contact Carole. check out the  2021 13th National Juried Members Exhibition event page for details  

    A reminder about our partners in the art world.  We recently entered an agreement with Fine Art Store,  https://www.fineartstore.com 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?  

    Our next board meeting is on 17 September, 09:30 AM Mountain Time. To join the Zoom call click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89277783517?pwd=MW8weTFrNk12NzdZRWI2bng2bEEydz09As always please join with your microphone muted and open chat.  if you have questions or comments, please put them in chat and we will address them during the board member reports or at the end of the meeting.  

    Take care all, and happy paining along the trails and byways of New Mexico or what ever beautiful state you reside.  

    Best Regards,  
    Phyllis Gunderson, President  
    Plein Air Painters of New Mexico

  • 01 Aug 2021 12:13 AM | Phyllis Gunderson (Administrator)

    Happy August Plein Air Painters!  Hope this month’s note finds you all painting away in some of the best weather of the year!

    Announcements:

    • I would like to thank Anita West, Signature member who has reluctantly given us her resignation from the Board of Directors as our Historian due to other pressing commitments and scheduling conflicts.  On behalf of the rest of the Board I would like to thank Anita for her contributions in in her role and support to the rest of the board members.  While she will be missed at our meetings, we know she is not far away for a consultation or two. If would would be willing to be considered for this position for the remainder fo the year, please contact Natasha Isenhour, Past President.
    • The second announcement I would like to make is that we have amongst our midst a new Signature Member - Carole Bellivieu.  Carole has completed the rigorous evaluation process for PAPNM Signature status by unanimous recommendation of the Evaluation Team and the Board of Directors. If you don’t already know Carole here are a few excerpts from her impressive biography
    • Carole Belliveau was raised just outside New York City and attended Parsons School of Design in Manhattan for a year. Later she taught herself sculpture to craft one of a kind and limited edition dolls. Her own signature collection under the name Carole Bowing Dolls was introduced at the International Toy Fair each year to a large following of fans, and she won many International Doll of the Year Awards. She also designed dolls and teddy bears for some of the largest toy companies such as Zapf, Hasbro and Marie Osmond Dolls. 
    • Carole moved west in 1997 and was excited by the unlimited vistas, incandescent color, a landscape of drama and light and was inspired to paint. After working in pastel for a number of years and selling through galleries, she entered The Academy of Art University in San Francisco graduating Cum Laude with a BFA in painting at age 62.  
    • Carole has won many awards most notably the Grand Prize Winner of the Cadmium Award at TRAC 2019, and both the FASO BoldBrush Award in Oil and the Outstanding BoldBrush in Acrylic. She is a member of The Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society and has earned Signature Status in American Women Artists, and now Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association. She served as both President and Signature Chair of Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association for several years and now serves as Vice President of PAPNM. Her work is in both public and private collections, notably in the Monterey California Courthouse. Congratulations Carole!  
      

    Welcome NEW PAPNM members:  I would like to welcome on behalf of the organization the following new members to our painting tribe:

    • Larry Day from Carbondale, Colorado
    • Addie Draper, from Mountainair, New Mexico
    • Ken Foster from Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • Christopher James from Santa Fe, New Mexico
    • Duncan Lanna from Fort Davis, Texas
    • Jim Martin from Amarillo, Texas
    • Donna McGee from West Monroe, Louisiana 
    • Elizabeth Menand from Ohio City, Colorado
    • Ava Morris from Santa Fe, New Mexico
    • Gayle Weisfield from Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico
    • Jeanmarie Zimmerman from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania 

    Upcoming Events:

    Paint Outs:

    • Juried Events
    • Taos Plein Air - Painting the Enchanted Circle is well underway.  The artists have been juried in and arrangements continue to be refined by Dick Wimberly and his hard working team.  Watch for announcements at the 2021 Taos Plein Air Juried Paint Out and Show as well as emails from the event team.  It looks to be a great event.
    • 13th National Juried Members Exhibition is well into its planning as well.  Carole Bellivieu and her team are working hard to ensure we have a fabulous premier event this year.  Want to help out.  Contact Carole.  Artists have been juried in and the details will be shared at 2021 13th National Juried Members Exhibition the event page and via email from PAPNM.  
    Speaking of emails, we have heard back that some emails have not gone into your primary inbox. Please check your profile at the PAPNM directory, your email preferences at your profile page and list PAPNM.org as a contact in your contact list so the email system you use will recognize the email as valid and not spam or junk mail.

    A reminder about our partners in the art world.  We recently entered an agreement with Fine Art Store,  https://www.fineartstore.com 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?

    A reminder for the oil painters in the group, the Oil Painters of America (OPA) will be in Santa Fe this month,  Check out their site and join us if you can. Take care all, and happy paining along the trails and byways of New Mexico or what ever beautiful state you reside.

    Best Regards,
    Phyllis Gunderson, President
    Plein Air Painters of New Mexico




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