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Featured Master of the Month

Featured PAPNM Master Signature Member.

This level of membership is reserved for professional artists who have achieved artistic expertise and distinction.

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  • 06 May 2022 10:16 AM | Phyllis Gunderson (Administrator)

      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

  • 04 Apr 2022 5:07 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    Master Signature member Highlight - Albert Handell.

    Albert has been a long time active member of our organization, contributing much to the reputation and growth of our members.  He is a master in oil and pastel.  Fortunate are the collectors that have one or more of his paintings exhibited.  Did you know that since 1961 he has had over 30 one man shows and received over 70 prizes and awards?  here is the link to his extended   biography

    He has won many awards in the past, most recently he was awarded the Bronze award at the 2021 OPA salon for "Moving Along" oil 18x24”.

    Did you know that his piece “Last Light" is part of the Capital Art Collection at the New Mexico Round House as part of the Permanent Collection?

     He will be exhibiting a beautiful work “An Appalachian Moment” at the OPA 31st National Juried Exhibition at Steamboat Art Museum, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado June 3 -August 27, 2022

    Albert will be sharing his expertise at the upcoming PACE convention in two demos:

    1. Painting Trees: Join master painter Albert Handell as he demonstrates his techniques painting his favorite subject - trees. You will see how Albert works from dark to light,  from the centre of interest out and his unique use of different colors of similar values.

    2. Waterfalls and moving water with oils: Capturing the movement of water is one of the most requested demos from students, because there is water everywhere - lakes, rivers, oceans. Master artsist Albert Handell will share his techniques including how to create a transparent, quick drying underpainting, finding the central point of interest, working from dark to light  and how to add atmosphere and distance to the landscape. 

    In addition Albert is quite busy with upcoming workshops: 

    • Raleigh, N C....April 26-30
    • Gig Harbor Wash. May 3-6..Sold out
    • Santa Fe, N.M......July 13-16
    • Highland N.C.   Sept.13-16 

    You can also see his work and studio at the upcoming Santa Fe Studio tour in October  2022. 

    Did you know that He has an open studio policy, year round?  Give him a call, make an appointment

    Cell 505 603 1524
    1109 Don Gaspar Ave
    Santa Fe, New Mexico. 87505
    You can visit his website

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

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P.O. Box 20503
Albuquerque, NM

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