Saturday, March 26, 2011

Exhibition - Arizona Plein Air Painters

"A Grand View" 9x24, pastel

"Runoff" 12x16, oil

As I've mentioned before, I have two pieces in the Arizona Plein Air Painters' Third Annual Juried Members show.  The show is now upon us.  It opens next Thursday, March 31, at the Sedona Arts Center in Uptown Sedona.  I'll be at the reception on Friday evening, April 1, which runs from 4-8 pm.  In addition to engaging in lively talk with the artists, you can also listen to a band!  (I'd like to know how many exhibition openings feature a band.)

Above are my two paintings, both featuring some of Sedona's fabulous local scenery.

Here is the press release:


Arizona Plein Air Painters (APAP) third annual Juried Members Show opens March 31 and continues through April 13 at the Sedona Art Center Special Exhibition Gallery.


A "meet the artist" reception will be held on Friday April 1, from 4 to 8 p.m., complete with refreshments and musical entertainment from the "Mountain Saddle Band." 


The winner of this year's show will be announced at the grand opening, and awards will be given to Best of Show, Awards of Merit, Peoples Choice, and Artist's Choice. Visitors are welcome to vote for their favorite work of art which will be awarded the People's Choice Award. Entry to the show is free.


"This will be our largest show to date with 36 of our most accomplished artists participating. You will find a fantastic array of beautiful oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel paintings showing this year for very affordable prices. This is a great opportunity to view paintings of a wide variety of Arizona scenes, most of which were painted on location, 'en plein air.'" says APAP president David Haskell.


The Special Exhibition Gallery is located in the historic "art barn" located behind the Sedona Art Center main gallery at the north end of Uptown Sedona at State Route 89A and Art Barn Road. There is plenty of extra parking just below the art barn.


APAP, a statewide organization of artists who are dedicated to the tradition of plein air painting (painting out of doors), has been very active and growing since its inception in 2007. The group includes in its mission statement the commitment to work to protect public access to landscapes and historic areas with in the state. APAP has been partnering with various statewide organizations, such as The Nature Conservancy and Arizona State Parks to promote painting the landscape from life and to help protect important natural and cultural landscapes, as well as promoting art education in Arizona. 

3 comments:

Ed Terpening said...

Love the first one. The second has an
odd absolute vertical and horizontal intersecting line in the lower bottom right that I found distracting, to be honest. Congratulations on the show!

Michael Chesley Johnson said...

Thanks, Ed.

Michael Pieczonka said...

Very nice Michael. I think I remember seeing that top piece on WC before.. it looks real nice here! That bottom piece has a beautiful contre jour feel as well.. nicely done.