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 March 2017
March Paint Out
During the paint out, Big Bend was a little bit warm, sometimes windy, always spectacular, and inhabited by amazing painters. There were reports of great sunsets (as usual). From the images, it looks as though there was plenty of fun and food to be found. 

Thanks to Marchita Priest and Irma Ward for sending the images.

                 Dinner at Starlight on the last evening


Upcoming Events

Plein Air Southwest Salon 2017 

This year's PASW will be at Artists' Showplace, Coit and Arapaho, Dallas, from April 8-May 15.

You are encouraged to attend the opening reception on April 8, from 3 to 6 p.m.

This year, there are demos on Sunday, April 8. Tina Bohlman, Fran Ellisor, Ann Hardy, and Dianne Frossard will demo at 1:30 p.m. Juror and workshop instructor, Kenn Backhaus, will demo at 3 p.m.


In May we’ll look for spring flowers in Ennis TX before the hot summer break. September takes us to the river and town square in Llano TX. In October we venture to a new and exciting location, Eureka Springs AR, where we will be in time for beautiful fall colors. November ends our paint-out year in Waxahachie TX.  

Ennis TX – May 5-6 -The itinerary for this event will soon be available-coming soon to your inbox. 

Llano TX – Sep. 14-16

Eureka Springs AR – Oct. 16-21

Waxahachie TX – Nov 9-11

If you have an idea for a destination, your suggestions are welcome. If you would like to host or help organize an event, please let Irma Ward know:

Please see details and register for each of these on the "Events" page of the website.
A reminder about the email confirmation when you register: Please open and read your confirmation. The complete itinerary to the paint out is in that email.

Member News

Nancy Boren won Best 2D on Canvas at Cowgirl Up 2017

Fran Ellisor won Second Place in the Chrystal Cove Paintout/Wet Wall Competition at the American Impressionist Society Small Works show in CA.

Suzanne Morris was awarded signature member status with the Plein Air Artists of Colorado. She was also accepted into the Carmel Plein Air Festival.

Jody Rabon won Best of Show at the Austin Pastel Society Annual Juried Member Exhibition.

Patrick Saunders won Honorable Mention at the Lighthouse Art Center’s Plein Air Festival.

To share your acceptances/awards, email pakingsbury@aol.com



Irma Ward received a letter from the chairman of Dick Blick which speaks to the proposal to eliminate funding for the NEA. You can read all about it at the following: 

NEA Information



Paint Historic Waxahachie May 6 - 14 - Call for Entries! 

Entry Deadline is April 1 for Pre-Paint Opportunity (see prospectus). artists participating must agree to paint on location for minimum of two days during the official painting period May 6 through May 14. The event is sponsored by Ellis County Art Association and includes cash and merchandise awards. There will be an exhibition and sale of paintings at Art on the Square, 113 West Franklin, Waxahachie TX, 75165. Tina Bohlman is the event coordinator, 972-937-3414. or admin@elliscountyart.net

OPS member Ann Hardy is this year's judge.

Below is the link to the website for  prospectus and online entry:
Paint Historic Waxahachie 


Remember, OPS members may
list their workshops on the OPS website. Email your information to:  OPS email

Laurel Daniel

April 28-29 (Fri. & Sat), En Plein Air: Field Studies, 9 am – 4 pm 
The Contemporary Austin, Art
School at Laguna Gloria, Austin TX

Deborah Paris

April 3-7, The Strong Start, plein air and studio, fee: $695, Information at the following link: Deborah Paris classes

Cecy Turner

April 25-28 – Watercolor – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Sponsored by Central Texas Watercolor Society (CTWS), Waco TX - at Carleen Bright Arboretum, Bosque and Estates Dr., Woodway TX.

For more information, contact: Cheryle Chapline, 

Melinda Morrison announces a workshop with Dan Beck. Seeing and Painting with Intent; May 18-21, 9am – 4pm; $500; Women’s Club of Fort Worth, Art Studio, 1316 Pennsylvania, Fort Worth TX. Registration: A $150 deposit is required to hold your place in the workshop and can be paid by check or credit card.

For more information or to register, please contact E. Melinda Morrison at emelinda05@msn.com or 303-881-1122. www.emelindamorrison.com



A picture… is a thousand different things to a thousand different people. Like a book, a piece of sculpture, or a poem. One picture speaks to you, another doesn’t… Some pictures invite you to enter then make you a prisoner. Some pictures you race through, as if on roller skates. Some lead you out by the back door. Some weigh you down, oppress you for days and weeks on end. Others lift you up to the skies, make you weep with joy or gnash your teeth in despair. Henry Miller

Art and composition tolerate no conventional fetters: mind and soul soar above them. Joseph Haydn

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. Henry Ward Beecher

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams

This issue:
·  Event Report
·  Opportunity
·  Plein Air Southwest News
Event Images

Big Bend Paint Out
Thank you to Marchita Priest andIrma Ward for the photos.

Bill Hatton 

Irma Ward 

Pernie Fallon 

Sharon Bamber 

Tracy Fisher

Marchita Priest

George Rhys

Ron Larson, Susan Neumann,
George Rhys, Lil Mitchell

Frank Gabriel

Starlight Meal

Group at Chili Pepper
Myrr Haslam, Marchita Priest, Susan Neumann, Frank Gabriel, Bill Hatton, Jim Bragg,
Dennis Neumann, Caroline Ratliff, Margaret Lowenberg

Group Dinner

Check out the Showcase page on the website
for even more photos!

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