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SWS Spring 2016 Paint Out • Bonham • April 29-30


Mark your calendars for another fun filled paint out with fellow Southwestern Watercolor Society artists! The Paint Out days are April 29 and 30. We will follow the same successful format used last fall by Walt and Isabel Davis. About 35 members participated. Click here for complete information about the upcoming Spring SWS Paint Out. (PDF document)

Paintout Contacts:

Assistant Chairman – Lou Bono, loubonno@att.net469-744-7559
Chairman – Gaylord O’Con, Gaylord@gaylordocn.com214-876-4851

Images from Bonham, Texas

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“People and Places” by Liz Bonham at Elm Street Studio


“People and Places” by Liz Bonham

January 5 – February 27

Reception February 5, 2016 6 to 8pm

This special exhibition of Liz Bonham’s studio and Plein Air oil paintings captures the people and places that she has come across in her most recent travels both, close and far from home. Bonham frequently paints “en plein air” because it is a way to express what she sees around her, and it enables her to connect with nature and creation on a more intimate level. About her paintings Bonham says “It is only after creating an emotional connection with what is seen, that an artist can translate that emotion onto canvas and project it back to the viewer. It is only from life that one can truly experience the overwhelming colors and sensitive values in nature. I believe that is why the plein air movement has taken off in the art world recently.” Visitors to the gallery will be able to see the juxtaposition of several of the same scenes – one painted en plein air, and the other painted later in the studio.

Bonham’s work will be on display at Elm Street Studio in Keller starting January 5th and running through February 27, 2016. A complimentary reception for visitors will be held on Friday, February 5th from 6 to 8pm at which guests can meet Mrs. Bonham. As always, a portion of art sale proceeds will benefit a local charity. Mrs. Bonham has selected the Community Enrichment Center Food Bank.


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Early Registration Discount for PAINT HISTORIC TERRELL – April 13th – 23rd, 2016


During Early Registration, Dec 8th – 28th everyone pays Members cost!!!! contactnetfaa@gmail.com www.netfaa.org

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Boerne Plein Aire Show & Sale

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With more than 50 talented artists participating, it will be the largest in the 13-year history of this event. Works of art will include paintings in oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolor; graphite, photography, pottery, jewelry, fused glass, encaustics, reliefs, sculpture and mixed media.

Additionally, featured artists will conduct a series of “how-to” lectures and demonstrations throughout Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday and Thursday, October 14 – 15, from 7:30 am. – 5 pm
En Plein Aire “Paint Out”

En Plien Aire artists will be painting outdoors throughout Boerne and its parks, recreational and heritage centers. Finished works of the open-air artists will be offered in a “Wet Paint” Sale that begins during the opening night preview event in the Ballroom.

–from the BPA web page at http://boerneprofessionalartists.com


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SWS Fall Paint Out in Waxahachie Oct. 2-4


Southwestern Watercolor Society‘s next paint out is scheduled for October 2-4 in picturesque Waxahachie.

Call 972-938-1600 today to make a reservation as there are competing events in Waxahachie that weekend and available rooms are limited.  Ask to be put on a waiting list if what you want is not available.

Friday evening of the paint out weekend we will gather at the hotel around 5 p.m. to talk about painting locations, restaurant recommendations, etc.  Maps and location information will be shared. After the meeting, rather than having a common meal, we will disperse in smaller groups to eat at restaurants of choice.  Afterwards, we can meet back at the hotel for more visiting and parlor games for those so inclined.

Saturday we will gather again at the hotel to show our paintings, and for BYOB happy hour.  We will order in pizza and stay to visit as long as we like.

Contact Walt Davis for more information.

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Art in the Park on Sept. 4th


On Friday, September 4 from 6-8p in the evening, the Irving Art Association will be offering an Art in the Park experience to neighbors and friends of the IAA and the Jaycee Center for the Arts. Visitors to the park will be able to observe and participate in face painting, chalk drawings or other sidewalk art. We’re even thinking of yarn bombing! Directions

There will also be the opportunity to create a piece of work to display in IAA’s Annual Youth Exhibit beginning September 27, 2015 and observe a professional artist at work.   This is a free activity for the whole family and we at the Irving Art Association look forward to getting to know all our friends and neighbors.

All area artists and IAA members are invited to participate. Bring your equipment and paint plein air (or in the art center in case of bad weather.) Contact irvingartassociation@gmail.com.


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Nancy Paris Pruden Plein Air Workshops in Park City


Nancy grew up in Fort Worth, but is now a resident of Houston. For more about her, see

http://www.parispruden.com. Contact her at nancyparispruden@yahoo.com.
The Plein Air painting above was painted from the top of the lift at Deer Valley and will be one of the locations for the Plein Air Workshops I will be teaching this August in Park City. We will concentrate on Composition, Values, Areal Perspective, Edges, Color Temperature, and Color Mixing and the class is open to beginners as well as advanced.  We will have 2 sessions for these 3 day workshops, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 17, 18, and 19 and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 28, 29, and 30. You can take one or both sessions for a discount. The cost is $350. per 3 day sessions and you can sign up at the Kimbell Art Center in Park City, Utah. http://www.kimballartcenter.org/art-classes/

For more information, click on the link which will take you to “Adult Classes”. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. The class will be limited to 8 people so please sign up as soon as possible. This is a great way to experience the quiet beauty of painting in Nature. A supply list will be provided in oil but other mediums are acceptable.

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Less Than Two Weeks To Enter PleinAir Salon


The current PleinAir Salon contest will be ending in less than two weeks!

That’s right, you only have until July 31 to enter your best paintings in the Salon. We are excited to see the entries some of you have already made and are looking forward to more! Our judge is Bob Malenfant, Partner/Director of Southwest Gallery in Dallas, TX.

Many times, the winning artists are taken completely by surprise when their painting is chosen as a winner. Nothing delights us more than watching a Salon winner celebrate!

It may be your turn to win!

Don’t delay; enter your paintings now while you’re thinking about it, and then start dreaming about what you would do with one of our cash prizes — oh, the possibilities….

Just click here to go to the PleinAir Salon website, create an account if you haven’t already, and submit your best work.

If you’ve submitted before, your images are stored right in your account — no need to upload again. We make it really easy for you!

We’re looking forward to seeing your entries and wish you the best!

Your Team at the PleinAir Salon

PS: We invite different judges for each of our contests, so keep in mind that your submissions that didn’t win previously may be winners this time — enter now!

Enter the Plein Air Salon


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Grand Prize Winners
D. Eleinne Basa (2012), Shelby Keefe (2013), Stewart White (2014), Jim McVicker (2015)


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Tina Bohlman Landscape demo for DeSoto April 30

DeSoto Art League April Meeting
April 30, 2015


Tina Bohlman

This month we are once again privileged to host Tina Bohlman! A Texas native, Tina Bohlman has used the state in which she was raised as both the inspiration and the canvas for her art.tinabohlmanphoto Mostly a self-taught artist, Bohlman works primarily in watercolor and occasionally in oil to create her breathtaking plein air paintings and brilliant rural landscapes.

Almost every day, you can find me on location.  I believe to be able to  paint a subject, an artist has to know it.  For a landscape artist, direct observation on location is the primary way to become knowledgeable; to see the light and how it falls upon…or illuminates… a building or ground plane.

     She cultivated her natural artistic talent and her eye for beauty with great dedication and an insatiable desire to learn the techniques and history of the art.  Bohlman has supplemented her independent study with workshops with some of the best artists in the field, including Jan Kuntz, Tom Lynch,  Irving Shapiro and Jill Carver.  This has served her well because as she describes, watercolor is a challenging medium.  A veteran of numerous competition plein air and “quick draw” events annually, including, Plein Air Southwest-Outdoor Painters Society, Sedona Plein Air Festival-Sedona, Arizona, and Paint The Parks-Estes Park, Colorado, she prefers plein air rather than working in the studio.

Low water crossing, Dove Creek

 “I have been an outdoor painter for most of my art career. Nothing compares for inspiration and capturing light and emotion. Aware that my time in a particular moment is short, Plein Air in watercolor requires strong technical skills and a large measure of intestinal fortitude.  As the light moves, moment by moment, across the sky, every stroke must be without hesitation.  It’s a marathon race with the sun; spirited, emotional…and exhausting.  I love it!”

The Old Jail


With this dedicated attitude and her skills and talent, Bohlman has made quite an impact in her field.  Over the past thirty-five years, she has earned more than 60 awards, including a dozen First Place and four Best in Show titles.  In addition to exhibiting, competition events and taking commissions for her work, she is the founder and chairman of the annual “Paint HistoricWaxahachie”, a plein air event that showcases more than 50 artists.  Her work is collected worldwide; Bohlman originals hang in private and corporate collections in 34 States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Portugal, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Republic of Benin, West Africa.

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SWS Spring Paint Out in Sulphur Springs May 1 – 3


SWS Paintouts were important to the beginning of the Southwestern Watercolor Society and continue to be an important part of SWS today. The first SWS paintout was held in 1964 and have continued yearly. Some SWS paintout locations around Texas have included Winnsboro, Marble Falls, Port Isabel, Archer City, Granbury, Jefferson, Comfort, Whitesboro, Mt. Vernon, Denison, Denton, Lake White Rock, and Nacogdoches.

Join in on the fellowship and fun.

The SWS spring paint out will be in Sulphur Springs this year May 1-3 (Friday-Sunday). We have a block of rooms available May 1 and 2 at the Holiday Inn Sulphur Springs for $80 per night plus tax.. Call 903.885.6851 to make a reservation, and mention SWS to get the special rate.

If you think you will be able to attend, make your reservation and respond to Walt and Isabel Davis to get on the list. Walt and Isabel Davis, (903) 886-2711, widavis7@gmail.com

–from the SWS website – For more images of Sulphur Springs see http://www.swswatercolor.org/members/sws-paintouts

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Plein Air Southwest 2015 Winners


Plein Air Southwest Salon 2015 is hosted by Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas, 4500 Sigma Rd., Dallas, TX 75244 http://www.swgallery.com/

For images of all the winners see:



Jason Sacran
FULL PAGE AD $ 3,500.00
OPS $ 1,500
“County Barn”
John Lasater

“To be Resurrected”
John Cook

Stuart Fullerton

“Nash’s Farm”
Ned Mueller

“Sunny Delight”
Nancy Boren

“In the San Mateos”
Bill Gallen

“Middle of Nowhere”
Randy Saffle

“Summer Stroll”
Spencer Meagher

“Highland Lake Cove”
Rusty Jones

“A Perfect Day”
Ann Larson

Kaye Franklin

“Along the Virgin River”
Rosie Sandifer

“Gosby House”
Mark Farina

“High Up in the Catalinas”
Carol Swinney

Diane Frossard

“Summer Sparkle”
Cecilia Robertson
OPS $100

“East Texas Morning”
John Pototschnik

“High Knob Evening”
Susan Lynn

OPS $75
“Indian Canyon”
Iryna Milton

OPS $75
“Evening Shadows”
DeBob Jacob

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10th Annual Prairie Fest at Tandy Hills Natural Area


Saturday, April 25 at 11:00am – 8:00pm

Tandy Hills Natural Area

3400 View St, Fort Worth, Texas 76103

Come celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary with live, local music on 2 solar-powered stages, including End of the World Parade and Brave Combo. Enjoy guided wildflower tours for young and old at the Best Place to View Wildflowers in the Metroplex. Explore local art, craft, and green living exhibitors in the “Prairie Circle”. Experience site-specific interactive art installations, plein air painters and “live artists”, creating art on site. The festival features a kids area with educational activities and discovery hikes. Don’t miss performances by storytellers, belly dancers, and more! Tasty local food and beverages will be available.

Prairie Fest – the greenest outdoor festival in Texas – is presented by Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area to sustain and grow their award winning environmental education and conservation programs at Tandy Hills. https://www.facebook.com/events/1772733276284512/

Yellow Spring


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Plein Air Southwest Salon 2015 at Southwest Gallery

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Outdoor Painters Society and Southwest Gallery
(4500 Sigma Rd, Dallas, TX 75244)
invite you to attend

Plein Air Southwest Salon 2015

Saturday, April 11th from 2-6 pm
Plein Air Southwest Salon has become one of the premier events of the Spring. The Outdoor Painters Society sponsors the event to promote an appreciation for the process of painting “en plein air” which is French for “in open air”. Most works are completed in a single painting session, painted outdoors on location and are characterized by the bold use of color, design and the freshness of paint application.

The Salon features plein air paintings from many of the best painters working today.

After careful thought and consideration the jury has selected 202 paintings by 82 artists representing 16 states in this years show!

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Seventh Annual Paint Historic Terrell 2015 – CANCELLED

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Update – cancelled  4/5

Paint Historic Terrell 2015 will be held April 11-19, with the awards reception on Saturday, April 25 at 2:30pm,  Terrell Heritage Museum, 207 N. Frances, Terrell, TX.  Whether an experienced plein air artist or novice, come join us for the fun in Terrell, TX located 30 minutes East of Dallas on SH 80!  Open to all artists l8 years and older, using any fine art media.  Registration form at www.netfaa.org or call Mary Jo Woodruff 972-345-3875.

Exhibit Reception April 25, 2015.

For the artist’s name to appear in the Paint Out literature, the registration form must be received by March 27, 2015.


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Inspired Texans opens April 1, with Reception April 9


Miller “Breaking Earths Bonds”


Plein air, still life, and portraits will be on exhibit at Keller Town Hall during the month of April. Irma Ward has brought together the award winning artistic talents of Texans Tina Bohloman, Shirley Kinworthy, Lynn LaRose, Steve Miller, TK Riddle, and Randy Saffle. Oils, watercolor and acrylic are the media for the show which will run from April 1st through the 29th, Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm at Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Parkwy, Keller, TX 76248. A special reception with the artists will be held on Thursday evening, April 9th from 7 to 9 pm. The show is free and suitable for all ages. Please come and join us. For more information please contact 817-743-4000 or publicarts@cityofkeller.com. www.cityofkeller.com/publicarts.

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Still Life with Sunflowers and Lemons



Lynn LaRose_BlueCollarHarvest

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Joe Anna Arnett Plein Air at Clark and Chandor Gardens May 4-8


McKenna Studio Workshops

The premier oil painting workshop venue in North Texas
for both professionals and students

Joe Anna Arnett  May 4-8, 2015


OPA Signature Artist Joe Anna Arnett brings her masterful floral and plein air talent to Weatherford’s Clark and Chandor Gardens May 4-8, 2015.  Registration for this workshop ends on March 20!  There are still spaces available for this 16-student class to be held at Weatherford’s Chandor and Clark Gardens at the height of the iris and rose seasons.  And, registrants for this class will finalize a painting of their choice in the splendid private studio of the late Douglas Chandor, a British artist who made his home in Weatherford, TX, and who painted such notables as the Queen of England and Winston Churchill.
THE CLASS: Students will spend two days painting outdoors in Clark Gardens [www.clarkgardens.org], named by HGTV as one of the Great American Gardens.  More than 100 species will be blooming among the fountains, wandering peacocks and floating swans, pagodas and bridges of the Gardens, including  David Austin Roses, Hybrid Tea Roses, Dr. Griffith Buck Roses,  Peggy Martin Roses, over 1400 named iris including Bearded Iris, Dutch Iris, Louisiana Iris, Spuria and Japanese Iris, and 600 varieties of daylilies.  The next two days will be spent painting outdoors at Chandor Gardens, [www.ci.weatherford.tx.us/chandor]  the estate of the late Douglas Chandor and his Weatherford bride, Ina Kuteman Chandor.  The Garden was Chandor’s creation, and he often said that he painted in order to maintain and glorify his botanical creation.  The last day of class will be spent refining a painting in the private studio of the artist, a truly unique and special experience for all.

COST & WHAT IS INCLUDED: The fee for the class is $750.00, which includes 5 days of instruction, admissions to both Gardens and the Douglas Chandor Studio, and all lunches.  A tour of the home of Douglas and Ina Kuteman Chandor is also part of the workshop.  Accommodations are NOT included, but registrants will receive recommendations for B&Bs and hotels in Weatherford, an historic and quaint town 30 miles west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and airport.

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Darla Bostick’s 8th Annual Ghost Ranch Workshop/Retreat 2015 in Abiquiu


You are invited to Darla Bostick’s 8th Annual Ghost Ranch Workshop/Retreat 2015 in Abiquiu, NM  4-10 October.  Includes digital photography, watercolors/acrylics, pencil, incorporating text and mixed media work with opportunity for plein air painting and comfort of a group activity room (floor to ceiling vista views). For 7 days/6 nights you can relax, enjoy, and create. Lodging and meals includedat Ghost Ranch property. The Georgia O’Keeffe Landscape Tour takes you where she painted from the magnificent area scenery. Visit the O’Keeffe studio/home on tour.  Space is limited to 14 participants. Bring materials you love to work with (or try something new) and join us! The workshop fee is $495. Room and board at the Ranch are per their rates. Unclaimed rooms will be released 1 September, but I may be able to get rooms after that date.
Come and see for yourself why Georgia O’Keeffe loved Ghost Ranch!
My website has more details:  www.darlabostick.com
Darla Bostick, 940.320.5660       Email: darlabostickart@gmail.com

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Sign up to Paint Historic Waxahachie


Paint Historic Waxahachie

Exhibit Reception: 6/6/2015 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Waxahachie & the surrounding countryside
Check in: 113 West Franklin Street
Waxahachie TX 75165

Entry Fee:  $60


Late registrations accepted 1st come-1st serve. Limited to 50 artists

For Event information, Prospectus & Online Entry: 


This 10th annual plein air event showcases the best landscape artists in Texas and surrounding states as they paint Waxahachie’s historic downtown and residential districts.

The 10th Annual “Paint Historic Waxahachie” is open to any artist using plein air technique in all fine art mediums. Artists must agree to paint a minimum 2 days (or sessions) on location during the official 7 day painting period, May 29th through June 5th. Canvas, board or paper must be authenticated prior to painting. Artists are required to submit a minimum of 2 paintings for the exhibition and sale.

Event Coordinator:

Tina Bohlman 972-741-6154  


Entry form: 2015 ENTRY BROCHURE front&inside

Paint Historic Waxahachie 2015 is sponsored by the Ellis County Art Association,

a 501(c)3 non profit corporation. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of art will

benefit Ellis County Art Association community fine art programs.



Easels in Ellis County! EARLY PAINTING OPPORTUNITY! Register & pay entry fee before May 1st and be eligible to paint during any of the 4 weekends prior to Paint Out week! The locations will be along county roads and in nearby small towns within a 15 mile radius of Waxahachie.  Early registrants will be notified of the “official painting location” every week, on the Wednesday prior to each weekend.

Official Paint Out week: Friday, May 29 through the “turn in” deadline of 3:00 PM Friday, June 5, 2015 Only the paintings received by 3:00 P.M. Friday, June 5th will be included in the judging. (additional paintings may be submitted for sale on Saturday & Sunday June 6-7)

Friday evening, June 5: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Artists, Guests & Patrons Mixer & Preview Sale BBQ Buffet – Awards Presentation

Saturday & Sunday June 6 & 7: Exhibition opens to the public! o Artists paint on Courthouse Square & Downtown business district and help promote exhibition. Artists may bring paintings completed during this period to ECAA during regular business hours. Exhibition and Sale opens to the public Saturday, June 6. The sale will continue until Friday, July 10.

CLICK HERE to view & download General Guidelines & Information

CLICK HERE to view & download Entry Form (for mail in entry)

CLICK HERE: to Enter Online



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Cecy Turner Landscape Painting Demos – Richardson, Irving & Rockwall

“Settling In”                           

     16×20 Oil


I’ll be doing an oil painting demonstration of a sunset

at the Richardson Public Library in the basement meeting room on Tuesday, March 17thbeginning at 6:30 p.m. The library is located at 900 Civic Center Drive, Richardson, TX 75080. Phone: 972-744-4350

The meeting usually lasts until just after 8:30 p.m.

“Beginnings of Fall”
15×11 Watercolor
Chosen for the 2015 Empire 100 Western Art Show at the Tucson Desert Art Museum, 7000 E. Tanque Verde, Tucson, AZ, from March 20th through April 19th.


Irving Art Association

I’ll be doing a watercolor demonstration of aspen trees

on Tuesday, March 24th beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Irving Jaycee Center for the Arts at 1975 Puritan Drive, Irving, TX 75061. Phone: 972-721-2488.
The meeting lasts until 9:00 p.m.
 The meeting is over around 9:00 p.m.

Rockwall Art League

I’ll be doing a watercolor demonstration of aspen trees.
Wednesday, April 29th

at the Harry Myers Community Center, 815 E. Washington in Rockwall, TX 75087, at 7:00 p.m.
Phone: 972-771-7740

18×24 Oil

18×24 Oil


I hope you’ll join me for one of more of these fun and informative demonstrations. I’ll look forward to seeing you.

Please visit my new blog, An Aspen a Day, and sign up to receive notifications of new posts by clicking on “Leave a Comment” above the painting on one of the posts and entering your email address. Or, you may email Cecy and I will put you on my list to receive notifications.  I  post many tips on painting those beautiful trees and for things like backgrounds, handling those tough “greens,” leading the eye around the painting and much more! I think you will enjoy it whether you are an artist or a person who just loves aspen tree paintings.

Have a wonderful spring.
Best Regards,
Cecy Turner

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Montmartre inside Northpark Center April 18 – call for artists


CALL for Plein Air Painters – If you are in Dallas or not too far… We’re bringing Montmartre inside Northpark Center. On April 18th from 1pm to 5pm, plein air artists have the opportunity to come together for a day of painting in the unique art environment of the Northpark Center in Dallas, Texas which expects foot traffic at over 40,000 visitors! The NorthPark Center art collection features major works by renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, & Joel Shapiro, among others.

Email to: info@in3artworldwide.com

It’s a fresh and engaging way to present the art of painting that will give the public a whole new way to experience art in the making, meet artists, and make a purchase. Spectators are encouraged to interact with artists, follow their progress, find their favorites, and make their purchase. http://www.northparkcenter.com/pages/northpark-art-collection



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FREE Basic Classes in Plein Air or Fiber Art – Sign up now!

IAALOGO4CThe Irving Art Association offers free basic art classes for adults to get you started in art or in a new medium.

The Free Basics Classes follow a progressive sequence where you will learn basic skills via instructor demo/lecture — exercise —-practice. The series is designed for beginners to a particular art medium as well as mid career artists reviewing technique and not created finished works. Expect traditional as well as new and nontraditional materials and approaches.

Registration is now open for 2015 classes. To register, please fill out the online registration form on the Free Basic Art Classes page.

A $5 supply fee due to the instructor will be collected at first class..

Location: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, Irving. Held on Thursday evenings from 7 – 9 pm.

Contact: IAA Workshop Chair Cynthia Padilla workshops@irvingart.org

2015 Schedule:

  • Basic Oil Painting Jan. 8, 22, 29, 2015
    Instructor: KC Arjoon 
    (email kcarjoon@gmail.com)

  • Basic Colored Pencil Feb. 5, 12, 19, 2015
    Instructor: Cynthia Padilla 
    (email workshops@irvingart.org)

  • Basic Plein Air Mar. 5, 12, 19, 2015
    Instructor: Cynthia Padilla (email workshops@irvingart.org)

  • Basic Fiber Art Mar. 26, Apr. 2, Apr. 9
    Instructor: Sherrie Tootle
     (email workshops@irvingart.org)


Followup Intermediate Classes to the Free Basic Classes:

Sign up for these fee – based classes and utilize the skills learned in the basics. Contact workshops@rivingart.org

  • Oil Painting I Feb. 5, 12, 19, 2015
    Instructor: KC Arjoon 
    (email kcarjoon@gmail.com)

  • Colored Pencil I Mar. 5, 12, 19, 2015
    Cynthia Padilla (email workshops@irvingart.org)

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2015 Paint Historic Terrell

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The NorthEast Texas Fine Arts Alliance (NETFAA) announces the dates for
Paint Historic Terrell 2015!

Registration and painting begin on Saturday, April 11 continuing through Sunday, April 19.  The Reception and Awards presentation will follow on Saturday, April 25 at the Terrell Heritage Museum in Terrell, TX.  These extended dates include the Heritage Jubilee Festival, which will afford artists the opportunity to paint the midway and festival activities!  Increased awards and opportunities!  Registration information will be released soon.




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“Paint The Glen” Paint Out in Glen Rose April 18


Glen Rose, TX

Beginning as early as 7:30 a.m on Sat., Apr. 18., plein-air painters will check in and begin painting from Barnard’s Mill throughout the historic downtown area, and across the river in Heritage Park.

Plein-air is derived from the French words “en plein air”, meaning to paint outdoors. Sketching and painting outdoors has become tremendously popular in the last several years, so this is a marvelous opportunity to either paint in the event, or to observe artists while they paint. Artists welcome interested observers, so plan on visiting the historic and scenic sections of Glen Rose and the surrounding area and talking with the artists.

On Fri., Apr. 17, a reception and optional Nocturnal Paint is scheduled.

For more information, see the flyer: 2015 Paint the Glen
If you’re an artist interested in this one day event, please contact Pat Barrow 254-253-0311, 254-897-3081 or pbarrow@valornet


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Paint outs with the Outdoors Painters Society


The Outdoors Painters Society (OPS) promotes En Plein Air painting through paint outs, exhibitions and fellowship. About 75% of OPS reside in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona & Colorado, but our membership is “without borders” with members from all across the country from the eastern seaboard to the west coast. We organize 9 or 10 paint outs a year and paint together with the outings ranging from 1 day or as long as a week.

OPS hosts a premier plein air painting juried “members only” event known as Plein Air Southwest that attracts national attention, elite artists and is promoted in major art magazines. The show and sale is hosted by Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas.

Membership year is from January 1 through December 31. Associate membership is $45/yr.

Scheduled paint outs:

Jan. 24 Rockwall

Feb. 20 – 21 near West Columbia, TX

Mar. 12 – 14 San Angelo

April 7 – 9 Phil Starke Plein Air Workshop https://outdoorpainterssociety.wildapricot.org/event-1803700

For a list of upcoming paint outs and events (and to register) see https://outdoorpainterssociety.wildapricot.org/page-1767689

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Plein Air Southwest entries due Jan. 5


Plein Air Southwest is an annual tradition of the Outdoors Painters Society, now in its 9th year. Plein Air Southwest Salon is a juried plein air competition, show and sale sponsored by the Outdoor Painters Society and showcased each April at Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas. Participants selected for the show are carefully chosen by a jury panel. Each artist submits up to four paintings for consideration by the jury and if the artist participates in the Quick Draw competition their Quick Draw painting will be displayed as well. PHIL STARKE will be the 2015 Juror of Awards

Schedule of Events:

Deadline for Entry: Midnight (PST) January 5, 2015
Note: You must be an OPS member and paid in full for 2015 to qualify for show
Dues must be paid by deadline Jan 5 or entry will be disqualified with no refund of entry fees.

Notification of Acceptance/Decline: January 15, 2015
Receipt of Art due at Southwest Gallery: TBA
Plein Air Workshop with Phil Starke: April 7-8-9, 2015 (click here for details)
Exhibition Artists Quick Draw: 9:00 AM – April 11, 2015
Exhibition Opening Reception & Awards: 4:00 PM – April 11, 2015 (Southwest Gallery in Dallas)

For more information see https://outdoorpainterssociety.wildapricot.org/page-1860112

For the prospectus see http://www.onlinejuriedshows.com/Default.aspx?OJSID=355

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Plein-Art Painting and Photography Art Trek to Tuscany, Italy sign up deadline is 1/14/14.


ArtTreks – Tuscany, Italy

Plein-Air Painting and Photography

Travel Date: Sept. 4-12, 2015

Final Sign Up Date: 1/14/15

Join us once more as our path takes us to the medieval towns, cypress tree-lined roads and glorious sun drenched splendor of the rolling hills that are Tuscany in the fall. Whether you are a painter or photographer, this unique workshop has been designed to allow you to hone your skills and expand your creativity, all while you further your artistic voice.

For more information about this Art Trek and more go to http://www.nikigulley.com/artreks/.  For more information about the photography go to: http://www.blind-squirrel.org.


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McKenna Studio Workshops provide quality painting workshops to artists who want to advance their painting skills. Our workshops are 3 to 5 days of intensive instruction, and typically have a maximum number of 16 students.


Portrait/Figure Oil Painting Workshop with Huihan Liu April 6 – 10, 2015

Glory of the Gardens with Joe Anna Arnett May 4 – 8, 2015

Dad Coming Huihan Liu (2)

Life Model Oil Painting Workshop
Huihan Liu
5 Day Workshop
April 6-10, 2015
A 5 day life model oil painting workshop designed for artists/students with previous
painting experience who want to continue to improve their skills, craftsmanship and visual
concepts. The class will focus on how to stage the model with light and shadow, and how
to do a quick study in order to finish the painting in a longer pose.

Huainan Liu was born in 1952 in Guangzhou China. He graduated from Guangzhou
Academy of Fine Art in Oil Painting with a BA in 1975,. He then went to the United States to
further his study, graduating from the Graduate School of the Academy of Art College, San
Francisco with an M.F.A. Huihan taught in the Academy of Art University in San Francisco
between 1993 and 2005.

Huihan’s paintings have garnered numerous awards. In 2012, Huihan’s painting “Spring of
Miao Village” was selected for exhibit in London during the 30th Olympic Games there, and
was included in the permanent collection of the National Museum in China. His “Song of
Spirit” won 2nd place in the 2014 OPA Masters Only Exhibition.

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Glory of the Gardens Plein Air Painting Workshop
Joe Anna Arnett
5 Day Workshop
May 4-8, 2015
A 5 day plein air oil painting workshop for artists/students with previous painting experience who want to continue to improve their skills, craftsmanship and visual
concepts. The workshop will be conducted in two of North Texas’ famous gardens: Clark
Gardens and Chandor Garden. The class will focus on selection, composition, and on
how to do studies to use for further development in the studio.

Joe Anna Arnett earned her BFA degree from the University of Texas in Austin, TX. In
1997, she became a Master Artist of the Artists in America Show at the Denver Historical
Society Museum. She has also exhibited at museums around the country and in 2006, was
honored by the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as one of their featured artists in
the Rendezvous Exhibition. Joe Anna has exhibited in the prestigious Prix de West show
at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City [formerly known
as the National Cowboy Hall of Fame] for 14 years.

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Bruce Peil Workshop Sept. 18-20

Bruce Peil Workshop — September 18–20
Workshop with Bruce Peil:
Landscape painter Bruce Peil is offering a three-day workshop at his studio in Athens Texas September 18 thru 20. The fee for all three days is $350. A maximum of 15 students will be accepted. This will be a studio / plein air workshop with the emphasis on learning to capture a moment in time and the feeling of light in the painting. While using a limited primary palette, you will learn to mix the subtle colors that occur in nature and understand how you did it. Also when to “Paint what you see, not what you think you know”, and when to “Paint what you know will make a better painting, and not just what you see.”

All aspects of painting will be discussed. Values, Color, Contrast, Edges, Perspective, Composition, Equipment, etc. 
peiltetonvalley peilsunsetBruce and his wife Stacey operate a Bed and Breakfast / Artist Retreat that is a short walk from the studio. Reduced rates apply for those who want to stay here on the property. The rooms have been reduced from $135 per night to $90 per night, which includes breakfast, lunch, and complimentary wine in the evening after class.

A partial deposit is not required. Instead the full $350 should be sent to reserve your place in the work shop. The lodging fee can be paid after your arrival. If the workshop does not make, your original check will be returned in full. A material list and directions to the studio will be sent after sign up. You can go to www.brucepeilart.com for more info on the workshops and the lodging. You can also call Bruce at 903-677-1117 or 903-681-1542 or email at brucepeil@mycvc.net with questions. For those who want to sign up, mail your check to the address below with your contact information.
Bruce Peil
PO Box 2897
Athens, TX. 75751


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Suzanne Kelley Clark Workshop on Plein Air Sept. 22-26

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Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop with Suzanne Kelley Clark

September 22-26, 2014
Springhill Retreat
Richardson, Texas
McKenna Studio Workshops is presenting a 5 day plein air oil painting workshop Sept. 22-26, 2014, with artist and SMU continuing education instructor Suzanne Kelley Clark, at the Springhill Retreat Center in Richardson, TX.
I am wondering if members of the Irving Arts Association might be interested in attending, and how we could get the word out to them, a calendar posting, email, or I could bring flyers to a general meeting?
Registration cut-off date is August 21. For more information on the workshop, the website is: http://www.mckennastudioworkshops.com.
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Outdoor Landscape Painting with Ray Larrow coming in October

The O’Keefe Studio is very proud to announce another very exciting opportunity coming this fall…

Outdoor Landscape  Painting Workshop


Taught by artist Ray Larrow

Hosted by The O’Keefe Studio

Join artist Ray Larrow for an exciting landscape painting workshop where participants will learn everything from A-Z regarding successful execution of landscape paintings (en plein air).  Participants can expect to create multiple unique paintings from specific locations in the beautiful sculpture garden at Valley House Gallery, here in Dallas, TX.  The workshop will begin with an overview of the tools, supplies and techniques needed for a painter of any level to achieve their artistic desires in relationship to the landscape motif.  Ray will discuss color mixing, brushes, substrates and surfaces, compositional tactics, as well as how to realistically complete a comprehensive painting, on-site, in under three hours.  This workshop is appropriate for beginners and practiced painters alike and will provide invaluable knowledge towards furthering a lifetime of Fine Art Painting.

Dates, Times and Locations:

Friday, October 10th, 7-9pm – Introductory lecture by Ray Larrow (at The O’Keefe Studio)

Saturday, October 11th, 1:00 – 4:00pm – Paint in the landscape with instruction from Ray in Valley House Gallery’s 4.3-acre sculpture garden

Sunday, October 12th, 1:00 – 4:00pm – Paint in the landscape with instruction from Ray in Valley House Gallery’s 4.3-acre sculpture garden

Thursday, October 16th, 7:00 – 8:30pm – Ray will give a lecture and powerpoint presentation on – painting – at The O’Keefe Studio

Friday, October 17th, 1:00 – 4:00pm – Paint in the landscape with instruction from Ray in Valley House Gallery’s 4.3-acre sculpture garden

Saturday, October 18th, 5:00 – 7:00pm – Closing critique of participants work. Michael O’Keefe will join Ray Larrow for this critique that will take place at The O’Keefe Studio

Cost (includes all sessions listed above): $350




Due to the space requirements, we can only have 12 people in this workshop. Spaces fill quickly! Please confirm availability and send your deposit to hold your space:  
A $100.00 non-refundable deposit holds your space.
Please register asap
Balance due September 26th: $250.00
Cancellation policy:
In the event of cancellation after September 26th, $250.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. No refund for cancellations after October 3rd.
 Payment Options:
• Check (made payable to “Michael O’Keefe”) to The O’Keefe Studio, 580 W. Arapaho Rd. #290, Richardson, TX, 75080
• Credit card at the studio or by calling Michael: (718)541-4164
• Cash – please email Michael to schedule a time to exchange money: mokeefesculpture@mac.com



*All Paintings above by Ray Larrow, photo: Ray’s easel in the landscape

About Ray Larrow:

Michael O’Keefe and Ray Larrow, both originally from New England, met when they entered the MFA program together at Southern Methodist University in 2004.  Ray received his MFA in Painting from SMU in 2006.  While in graduate school, Michael considered Ray his most respected colleague.  Prior to attending SMU, Ray received a BFA in painting and drawing from Boston University in 2000.  Ray has taught at various colleges, including SMU, University of North Texas, and Holyoke Community College, where he has been since 2007.  Currently, Ray is also a co-founder and instructor at The Umbrella Tank, an independent teaching studio in Holyoke, MA.


Suggested Materials:

– Stretched canvases (suggested):
(1) 11×14″
(2) 11×14″


– Oil colors (Winsor & Newton recommended):
Titanium white
French ultramarine (blue)
Sap green
Chrome yellow hue
Yellow ochre
Winsor red
Raw sienna
Burnt umber
Ivory black
Payne’s gray


– Brushes:
Princeton Series 5400 – Long Handle
Round brushes: sizes 2,4,8,10,12
Bright brushes: sizes 2,6
[with regard to brushes, you may certainly bring or use alternative types and sizes you might already possess]


– (1) medium sized metal painting knife (wooden handle)
– (3) very cheap bristle brushes, 1/2″ and 1″
– (1) medium sized tube of burnt umber acrylic paint


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Call for Entries: Paint Rowlett Plein Air Juried Art Competition



Open to all artists 18 years and older, using any fine art media; oil, acrylic, collage, pen & ink, watercolor, pencil, etc. Blank canvases and other blank art surfaces will be stamped on Sat., Sept. 20th at registration, when you will pick up your map showing ten selected locations and a Rowlett Chamber of Commerce Welcome bag with goodies. You will also receive three 4×6 blank cards, which are also being judged as a separate catagory. NOTE: Your art MUST begin on site from your SKETCHES. Reference photos may be used only to complete art. 


Entry Deadline;   Postmarked no later than Sat., Sept. 13. No entries will be accepted after this date.

Registration;   Saturday, Sept. 20 10am-12 noon, Rowlett Public Library, 3900 Main, Rowlett, TX

All artwork is to be created from September 20 – September 27. 

Take-in;   Saturday, September 27 – 10am-12 noon, Rowlett Public Library

Juror;  Merry Fuhrer

Reception/Awards;   Thursday, October 2, 6:30pm, Rowlett Public Library

Take-down;    Saturday, November 1, 10am-12 noon, Rowlett Public Library


1st Place; $400, with appropriate 2nd, 3rd, 4th place, a Best of 4×6 Cards, and various purchase awards.


A.R.T. reserves the right to refuse art not meeting eligibility requirements and/or any with content considered unsuitable. All art must be for sale, and cannot be removed before the end of show, unless purchased. Artists handle their own sales, and must show ID to a Rowlett Public Library Staff person before buyer removes art.

For questions, call; 972-475-1836, download extra forms at; www.artistsroundtx.org, or visit us on Facebook.

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SWS Fall Paintout in Corsicana Sept. 26 – 28


Mark your calendars now for the fall SWS paint out September 26-28 in Corsicana, Texas. Deb Miller at Warehouse Gallery in the downtown arts district will be our sponsor. For more about Corsicana, see http://www.cityofcorsicana.com/.

We have a block of 20 rooms reserved at the Best Western, Corsicana (13 queen doubles and 7 kings). Call 903 872-0020 to make a reservation and ask for the SWS block at the special $59 per night rate for the nights of the 26th and 27th.

Please sign up right away if you think there is a good chance you will go so we can make plans for dinner, etc. Changes or cancellations to the hotel reservations can be made by September 19 without penalty.


Our Saturday night reception and show will be at the Warehouse Gallery in the Corsicana arts district downtown, and we can sell our work that night as well. Deb Miller has arranged for inclement weather workspace on Saturday. She is also helping us get the word out to invite the local art crowd.

If you think you will be able to attend, make your reservation and respond to Walt and Isabel Davis to get on the list. Walt and Isabel Davis, (903) 886-2711widavis7@gmail.com

For more about Southwestern Watercolor Society, see the website: swswatercolor.org


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Kerrville Outdoor Painters’ Event entry deadline July 31


Kerrville Outdoor Painters’ Event

Paint along the Guadalupe River as it runs through historic Kerrville in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Enjoy private and public access painting locations, demos, daily receptions, quick draw, awards and an optional extended exhibition opportunity.

Event: October 1 – 4, 2014
Exhibition & Sale: October 4 – 25, 2014

Event information: http://kacckerrville.com/?page_id=97

 KOPE Application 2014

 Click Here to Register

Eligibility: Open to any artist who paints in any medium using the plein air technique. Participating artists must paint on location using surfaces stamped during the event. Early Entry Fee: $75 event registration, refunded if not accepted. Due by July 31, 2014. Regular Entry Fee: $85 event registration, refunded if not accepted.

Kerr Arts & Cultural Center
228 Earl Garrett Street
Kerrville, Texas 78028




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Winning Art at Paint Historic Waxahachie

If you didn’t attend the Paint Historic Waxahachie 2014 exhibition, you missed a beautiful show!  36 artists produced 237 paintings.  The event was held in a “gallery setting” on the courthouse square by the Ellis County Art Association (ECAA)

Click on this link to see all the winning paintings!




















BEST IN SHOW – TINA BOHLMAN “ALLEY VIEW- Ellis County Courthouse” – Watercolor


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Paint Historic Waxahachie June 2 – 8; reception June 7


Official Paint Out Dates:  6/2 – 6/8

Reception:  June 7, 4:00 to 6:00 pm

June 7 & 8: 10 A.M. – 5 P.M.

“Wet Paint” Exhibition & Sale

114 S. Rogers St. (on the courthouse square)

Location: Waxahachie & the surrounding countryside

Ellis County Art Association




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