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January 2024 President's Message

11 Jan 2024 12:24 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)
  • January Letter from the President

    Happy New Year!

    I am happy to report that our first ever electronic election for the Board of Directors was a great success. We had a fantastic turnout for the election and the Board of Directors was unanimously approved. Thank you so much for your participation! Since the election, Pat Leister and Katherine Gauntt have graciously agreed to be interim Event Co-Directors on the Board. We are thrilled to get the opportunity to work with them this year.

    Our 2024 BOARD is (drum roll, please):

  • ·      Barbara Coleman, President 
  • ·      Nancy Davis, Vice President
  • ·      Donna Barnhill, Treasurer
  • ·      Sheila Galvin, Secretary
  • ·      Chris Miller, Communications Director
  • ·      Reid Bandeen, Membership Director
  • ·      Deb Fowler, Sponsor Director
  • ·      Pat Leister and Katherine Gauntt, Event Co-Directors and
  • ·      Gwen Ethelbah, Past President
  • Everyone on this Board is a good friend of mine and I am deeply honored and happy to have the opportunity to work with each of them this year. The chemistry of this Board is supportive, energetic, and creative. I also rely on a strong “kitchen cabinet” of past presidents such as Phyllis Gunderson, John Meister, Natasha Isenhour, Dick Wimberley, Tom Blazier and Carla Forrest. We will have some open Board meetings, and I invite you to join us. Volunteering on the Board is a great way to form lasting friendships.

    We held our first Board meeting and orientation on January 6. In that meeting we worked on our goal of creating more and varied types of plein air events and exhibition opportunities for every level of our membership. We have five events planned for 2024.  We have two juried exhibitions, one non-juried plein air event and exhibition, one juried plein air event and exhibition, and one invitational show for Signature and Master members.


  • 1.     “Paint New Mexico!” a brand-new juried plein air event for artist and student level members. Approximately ninety artists will have the opportunity to jury into this show and paint anywhere in New Mexico for a week. Each artist may exhibit one plein air painting from the week at Weems Gallery in Albuquerque. The plein air painting week will be in late May, and the show will hang in June. Details of this event and the prospectus will be posted on the website in January! Show chair is Gwen Ethelbah. Please contact her at to volunteer to help with this event.
  • 2.     “Los Alamos Plein Air”, a week-long non-juried plein air event in August for the first thirty-five or so artists that sign up. The exhibit will be held at the Los Alamos Fuller Lodge Art Center Gallery in the month of August. Details and the prospectus for the show will be posted on the website soon. Show Chairs are Rachel Pearson and Maria Elena Theye. Contact them at and to volunteer for helping with this event.
  • 3.     The National Show will be a juried event held at Legends of the West Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe in September. This show will include the highest scoring paintings from the jury, with a limit of two paintings per artist, for a total of about 80 paintings. Our show chair is Alma Rosa Delgado. This will be a wonderful opportunity for Artist, Signature and Master level members to exhibit some of our best work. Please email Alma at to volunteer to help with this event.
  • 4.     A brand-new show, “2024 PAPNM Winter Holiday Juried Show” will be held at Legends of the West Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe in the month of December. All levels of artists may apply to the show. It will be a small works show with room for about fifty paintings. Details and prospectus for this show will be posted on the website soon. Show chair is Dick Wimberley. Please email him at to volunteer to help with this show.
  • 5.     Invitational Show at Taos Art Museum at Fechin House for Signature and Master members is in the planning stages. The director of the museum is creating their exhibition calendar for 2024 and will let us know as soon as they have the dates for our exhibition. So, stay tuned. Details and prospectus will be posted on the website as soon as they are available. Show Chairs are Barbara Coleman and Paul Murray. Email us at and  to volunteer to help with this event.


  • Chris Miller needs volunteers to help him write for the newsletter! Chris is starting a quarterly newsletter! We haven’t had one in a while since Tom Blazier’s great newsletter in the past.  I am thrilled that Chris will create and edit this valuable contribution to PANM. Chris also needs volunteers to post on PAPNM’s social media accounts. Please contact him at to volunteer.


We are in the process of creating Paint-Alongs! This is a new educational opportunity which will create greater communication and connection between our members.  Paint-Alongs will provide the opportunity to paint alongside some of our most experienced artists of all levels: Artist, Signature and Masters. These artists will not be giving workshops during Paint-Alongs but will be available to answer questions and critique your work if you’d like. I love to watch master artists while they paint. This will be an opportunity to do just that. Deb Fowler (Sponsor Director) and I are contacting artists and scheduling dates for Paint-Alongs. We will post a schedule on the website when it is ready for prime-time.


Phyllis Gunderson ( will be heading up an online three-part seminar called 3x3 Event Seminar on pre-planning, planning, and executing three kinds of events: juried, non-juried and invitational. These online seminars will be on Saturdays, February 3, February 17, and March 16 at 10:30 am. Each session will be 1 to 1.5 hours. If you have ever wanted to create or volunteer for our events, these seminars will be extremely valuable for you. If you have ever been interested in volunteering for events but were afraid that you’d be swept into the black hole of never-ending service, these seminars will show you the ropes and give you the information necessary for you to decide how and when your volunteer time will be most valuable and fun for you. More information on registering for the seminars will be posted on the website soon.

Please feel free to contact me. I will be happy to hear from you. Send me your ideas, questions, offers to help, jokes…

Have a wonderful start to the new year. I wish you all health and happiness and lots of time and energy to paint!

Barbara Coleman

President, PAPNM

Mail information to:  
P. O. Box 20503
Albuquerque, NM

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PAPNM Treasurer
P. O. Box  1948
Santa Fe, NM

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