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 May 2018

Plein Air Southwest

The staff at Rockport Center for the Arts has weathered storms and a slew of eager outdoor artists lately. The result of the recent 2018 Plein Air Southwest weeklong paint-out is calling Rockport home until June 9. Well worth the visit, the paintings of 53 artists during their stay in this south Texas coastal region are fresh, colorful, and just downright stunning. The scope of work from the week is phenomenal. 

Members of Outdoor Painters Society cannot express enough the gratitude they feel for the local citizens. The hospitality and warmth that was extended to the artists while they worked here in May was extraordinary. The painters captured scenes of Fulton and Rockport Harbors, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Windswept Oak Trees, and Port Aransas; as well as alleyways, piers, and cottages. If you know someone who would like to learn more about plein air painting and join up with OPS when we go paint in other parts of Texas, ask them to visit our website www.outdoorpainterssociety.com

Remember to stop by both galleries, Rockport Center for the Arts and Wind Way Gallery, both on Austin Street in Rockport.  The competition paintings hang at the Center for the Arts with just as many spectacular paintings at Wind Way until June 9th. All art purchases will help rebuild Rockport Center for the Arts post-Hurricane Harvey.

For More Info:

Wind Way Gallery: 203 South Austin St., Rockport TX  78382.   windway@gmail.com   ph: 361-790-8331.  Hours Tues-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1-4.

Wind Way is an artist co-op gallery partnering with the Rockport Center for the Arts to co-host the Outdoor Painters Society’s 2018 Plein Air Southwest competition and Show.

Nancy Tyler, publicity

Suzie Baker's Best of Show

Most of the competition paintings can be seen here:
PASW 2018 Competition Paintings

To see all the winners, visit the following link:
PASW 2018 Winning Paintings


Joshua Been Workshop

Intense is just one word describing the workshop with Joshua Been. Attendees worked night (literally) and day on inspiring subjects from this master of plein air painting. Josh shared his experiences, his process, and his philosophy during this 3 ½ day workshop.  All will say they left the workshop ready to take their work to the next level. Many thanks to Josh for this inspiring class.

Irma Ward

Contemplating a composition/
Josua Been workshop.

Upcoming Events

After a great week in Rockport, the next paint out at the Grand Canyon National Park (south rim) is all the buzz. Dates: September 17-21.  If you’ve never been, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. Several artists from the Celebration of Art will stay over a few days to join the OPS paint out. We will announce more about this paint out in the next newsletter, so stay tuned.

Also, we decided to change the venue for October to San Antonio TX; the Mission Trail. More on this is coming

Be sure to register


September 17-22 – Grand Canyon (south rim)
October 18-20 – San Antonio TX
November 9-10 – Corsicana TX

Click here for event details: Event Details

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

Member news

Joe Anna Arnett was a main-stage demonstration artist at the 2018 Plein Air Convention and Expo for the third time. She was featured, along with James Asher, in the May issue of Plein Air Magazine. The article was Oil and Water, A Love Story. Joe Anna has an exhibition at the Southern Vermont Center in September, along with workshops there September 13-23. She is also an invited artist for the first Paint Grand Traverse, August 13-18. This is a new, week-long plein air festival and competition hosted by Crooked Tree Arts Center, Grand Traverse MI. In addition, she is is included in the Oil Painters of America 27th Annual National Juried Exhibition at the Steamboat Springs Museum June 1-September 2. And, she was in the American Impressionist Society Small Works Showcase in March/Arpil in Greenwich House Gallery, Cincinnati OH.

Michael Holter had three pieces selected for the 2018 Richeson 75 Landscape, Seascape & Architechture competition: The RoostWeatherford Weather and Stairway To… In addition, Light on the Façade received Honorable Mention in the Illinois Watercolor Society National Show and The Whistleblower was awarded the Watercolor USA Honor Society Award of Excellence in Watercolor USA 2018.

Susan Temple Neumann has been juried into the OPA Salon Show of Traditional Oils at Crooked Tree Arts Center opening June 22 in Traverse City, Michigan with Windraven. Also, I'll Take It and White Eagle were accepted into the 33rd annual American Plains Artists' exhibit. 

Cecy Turner has two pieces, Hanger On-ers and Hidden Valley Radiance, accepted into the Plein Air Artists Colorado 22nd Annual National Juried Exhibition, October 5-28 at Sorrel Sky Gallery in Durango CO.


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

R. Gregory Summers
Outdoor painting workshops:

Aug 10-12, Genessee Country Village, Mumford NY
Aug 17-19, Tennessee Valley, Murfreesboro TN
Sep 4-6, Blue Ridge Mountain Plein Air, Blue Ridge GA
Sep 19-21, Escalante Canyon Plein Air, Escalante UT
Oct 5-7, Saugatuck/Douglas MI
Greg Summers


Nancy Paris Pruden

July 20-22 and August 3-5, Park City UT, contact The Kimball Art Center in Park City
August 11-18, San Miguel, Mexico (Full)
September 5-12, Sonoma CA (Full)


Patrick Saunders

August 3-5, Dynamic Florals, Waxahachie TX

More information and to register:  
Patrick Saunders Workshop


Fran Ellisor

August 4 -11--San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Keeping It Fresh and Simple is about capturing light, color, and simplifying the painting process.

The weather is always nice in this World Heritage Site. Located at 6,200' elevation, the weather during August is mild, 50 in the early mornings to 80 in the afternoon. It is a painter's delight with charming streets, beautiful landscapes, and vibrant color. We will learn, paint, and experience the sights, sounds and beauty of this enchanting place. And, we will enhance our painting skills! For more information, visit: 
Fran Ellisor Workshops

Have you ever sabotaged yourself? Ever come close to victory only to slide back into the jaws of defeat? When you are fighting yourself, you can't win. 
Robert G. Allen

The Law of Win/Win says, ''Let's not do it your way or my way; let's do it the best way.
Greg Anderson

In order to win, we pay with energy and effort and discipline. If we lose, we pay in disappointment, discontent, and lack of fulfillment. 
Maya Angelou

Most people can stay motivated for two or three months. A few people can stay motivated for two or three years. But a winner can stay motivated for thirty years – or as long as it takes to win. 

Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can. 
Richard Bach

When you find the delight of being in tune with the subject’s source, in realization that you are an important part of nature’s dynamic principle, you win twice over. The work comes out of that experience. 
Andrew Baker

If I ever have a conflict between art and nature, I let art win
Robert Bateman

This issue:
·  Upcoming Events
·  Member News


Plein Air SW 2018

Artist Helping Artist

Diane Frossard

Kaye Franklin

Irma Ward
(just before everything blew over)

Jeanne Reavis

D.K. Palecek

Bruce Bingham

Suzanne Morris

Jeanne Reavis,
Port Aransas Beach

Please remember to send your OPS event photos to Peggy at: pakingsbury@aol.com


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