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  • 18 Jan 2017 9:18 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    Hello Painters!
    Attached is a flyer for my upcoming workshop at Harwood Art Center in ABQ:  "Contemporary Figure Painting in Oils," Saturday & Sunday, February 25 & 26, 9am-5pm.

    Get your BOLDNESS going & your brushes flying!  This workshop will improve your painting skills faster than any other approach!  You can apply these principals to your winter still life paintings and your landscape paintings.

    On Saturday, we will paint from a clothed model, in dramatic lighting.  On Sunday, we will paint a lovely Flamenco dancer!

    The Supply List will be sent to you upon Registration.  Call Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque at 505-242-6367 or Register on their website:

    Please email me with any questions that you may have.


  • 18 Jan 2017 9:09 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    This picture is from a film shoot in Old Town of "Galileo" (the working title) by L.A. based director Jay Silverman who is behind the camera. Other extras and I played various villager roles with me being a plein air artist. The movie is a romantic comedy loosely based on one of the heirs to the Taco Bell fortune falling for a woman chef in a small hypothetical town named Villa Nueva. Filming was done in Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The painting is a scene of one of the ridgelines in the Sandias.

  • 13 Jan 2017 11:14 AM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    Signature Member Rosie Sandifer will take part in an upcoming exhibit at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina from January 28 - April 16 , 2017. The exhibit includes two of her oil paintings and one sculpture along with works from Brookgreen's renowned collection and selections from private collections in Wyoming and New Mexico.

    In conjunction with this exhibit Rosie will be giving an informal talk on Saturday morning January 28, 2017.

  • 08 Jan 2017 6:07 PM | Melody Sears (Administrator)


    Workshop Dates: Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30, 2017
    Location: Sorrel Sky Gallery, 828 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301
    Fee: $300.00
    This three-day workshop will use field studies, photographs and sketches to develop studio landscape paintings. Reference materials will be provided but students are encouraged to bring their own as well. Topics covered will include subject choice, composition, values, color and light, linear and atmospheric perspective, edges and paint quality. Daily demonstrations will be in oil but other media are welcome. Weather permitting, the final day will be spent painting field studies in plein air. Students must have a portable plein air easel. This class is open to artists of all ability levels.
    For more information or to register for this workshop email Peggy at:, or contact Sorrell Sky Gallery at:

    Sorrel Sky Gallery, Durango, CO

  • 31 Dec 2016 8:48 AM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    Clouds & Sky in the Landscape

    Regardless of whether the sky or the land is the subject, artists should be aware of the important role the sky plays in landscape painting. This oil painting class with Tom Blazier will introduce students to the relationship between sky and ground and explore ways to impart luminosity to skies, strengthen compositions through effective placement of cloud shapes and enhance mood with creative use of color. Demonstrations will be done in oil. Sessions will meet in studio with some observational time spent outside. It is advised that students who take this class have a grasp of art fundamentals. Please contact Tom at with questions. Please sign up early; class size is limited.

    This 8-week class meets 1 - 4 p.m. Mondays, January 9 - February 27, 2017 at the New Mexico Art League in Albuquerque. Cost is $235 (members) and $255 (non-members).

    For information and to register, visit the New Mexico Art League website:

    Hope to see you there, and thanks for your time!

    — Tom Blazier

  • 04 Dec 2016 9:25 AM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    Bill Gallen will be conducting a workshop in Borrego Springs, California.  Click on Read more for details

  • 04 Dec 2016 9:15 AM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

      Cheryl Koen has received the Southwest Art Award of Excellence and Partrice Walker (Dello-Russo) the Best Oil at the prestigious Women Artists of the West's  46th Annual National Exhibition in Frederiksberg, Texas.

     From the catalog (click on Read more):

  • 04 Dec 2016 9:09 AM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    From Nancy: Artist in Residence grants are available from many of our National Parks - different conditions and requirements in different places, rolling deadlines, etc.  all information can be found on or on the websites of individual parks.  

    Here at Acadia I have an apartment and a studio, abundant quiet and solitude for two weeks!  Fantastic!   I urge all painters to apply! (Click on Read more for photo of Nancy painting by the ocean)

  • 05 Sep 2016 11:24 AM | Melody Sears (Administrator)

    Tom Blazier's upcoming classes at New Mexico Art League in Albuquerque, beginning September 12, fill a niche by addressing particular challenges faced by landscape painters in the studio and in plein air. See the link below for more information and to register, or contact Tom at if you have other questions.
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