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  April 2017


Plein Air Southwest Salon 2017 

Kenn Bachaus, judge for this year's event, chose 25 winners from the 217 entries. There were 88 participating artists from 19 states. In addition, the Artists' Choice winner was chosen from the quick-draw entries. Show entries can be seen at the following link:

Congratulations to this year's winners!

Best in Show, John P. Lasater IV
Award of Excellence, Diane Frossard
Award of Excellence, Jason Sacran
Award of Excellence, Ned Mueller
Award of Excellence, John Pototschnik
Award of Excellence, Nancy Boren
Artists' Choice, Quick Paint, Carol Devereaux
Award of Merit, Fran Ellisor
Award of Merit, Rusty Jones
Award of Merit, Patrick Saunders
Award of Merit, Robert Simone
Award of Merit, Jane Chapin
Award of Merit, Spencer Meager
Honorable Mention, Lawrence Rudolech
Honorable Mention, Tina Bohlman
Honorable Mention, Ann Larsen
Honorable Mention, Kaye Franklin
Honorable Mention, Ted Clemens
Honorable Mention, Ann Hardy
Honorable Mention, R. Gregory Summers
Honorable Mention, Kent Brewer
Honorable Mention, Richard Sneary
Honorable Mention, Lon Brauer
Honorable Mention, Elaine Monnig
People's Choice, Lon Brauer

See the winning paintings at the link below: 

PASW 2017 Winners

See all the entries at this link: 

PASW Salon 2017 Entries

PASW Quick Paint

This year's PASW Quick Paint was held on the property of Juliana Crownover. Thank you to Juliana and her family for graciously hosting this event.

PASW Workshops

The show judge, Kenn Backhaus, held two sold-out workshops. The first was before the exhibit and the second was after. 

This group took part in the second Kenn Backhaus workshop.                     


Upcoming Events

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 -Sign up today! 

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

Ned Mueller received Master status at both Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society. He will be honored as a Distinguished Master at the OPA national exhibition in Cincinnati in May. Ned won Best of Show and Best Plein Air Painting at the National Parks Celebration, sponsored by Plein Air Washington Artists in Tacoma WA last November.

Val Sandell was juried into the American Society of Marine Artists West Regional Exhibition to be held at the Channel Island Maritime Museum in Oxnard CA, May 8 to June 25. Val also participated in Paint the Town, Marble Falls TX.

Cecy Turner was accepted into the Richardson Civic Art Society's 51st Annual Regional Exhibition to be held through May 27 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson TX. An awards reception is planned for May 14, 7-9 p.m.  She was also accepted into the Texas and Neighbors Exhibit at the Irving Center for the Arts (through June 3), with a reception being held April 30, 2-5 p.m. Cecy will also be included in the Texas Watercolor Society's 68th National Exhibit to be held June 9 - August 26 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton TX. The reception is June 9, 6-8 p.m

Plein Air Salon
 announced six winners and three of them are OPS members!  They are: Nancy Boren, Second Place, Richard Sneary and Kathleen Hudson, Honorable Mention. 
Correction: In Member News, Jody Martin was incorrectly listed as Jody Robon (her married name).

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


Joseph Zbukvic will give a watercolor demo and have paintings on display at the Tyler Museum of Art on Sunday, May 7, at 2:30. Call the museum to reserve your spot. Admission is free.

Tyler Museum of Art
1300 South Mahon Avenue
Tyler, TX 75701


Jim Rogers (our OPS resident photographer) is moving on to a different format and is selling his amazing camera which has aided him in capturing OPS events. The Nikon D300 and Nikon 18-200MM lens are $650. If interested, please contact Jim: call/text at 469-223-1902 or
e-mail at 


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

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.




Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics. Victor Pinchuk

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. Albert Einstein

Feelings aroused by the touch of someone's hand, the sound of music, the smell of a flower, a beautiful sunset, a work of art, love, laughter, hope and faith - all work on both the unconscious and the conscious aspects of the self, and they have physiological consequences as well. Bernie Siegel

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Edgar Degas


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

PASW exhibit and Quick Paint

Carol Devereaux 

Diane Frossard 

Rusty Jones 

Fran Ellisor

Tina Bohlman

Kaye Franklin

Kent Brewer

John Pototschnik

Ted Clemens

Kenn Backhaus and Ann Hardy

Juliana Crownover
hosted the quick draw on her
family property.

Quick Draw: Jeanne Reavis,
Kenn Backhaus and Nancy Bozeman

Marble Falls Photos

Myra Knapp, Ann Rogers, and
Sherry Wooly (a former member) were part of the recent Paint the Town event in Marble Falls TX. See more photos of OPS members who were there on the Showcase page

Check out the Showcase page on the website
for more photos
of these events!

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