Juried exhibition of original plein air paintings by Artists and Signature Members of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico
SANTA FE, NM: August 1, 2017; Sorrel Sky Gallery is proud to host, for the second consecutive year, the 9th National Juried Members Show of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM), opening the weekend of November 3-5, 2017 at the gallery’s downtown location, at 125 W Palace Ave. The show focuses attention on the art of those passionate about plein air painting, increasing awareness of this dynamic expression of artistry. Opening reception and awards ceremony will take place on Friday the 3rd, from 5:00-8:00pm. On Saturday the 4th, from 11:00am-2:00pm, Judge of Awards, Bob Rohm (represented at Sorrel Sky Gallery Santa Fe), will give a painting demonstration. Additional painting demonstrations by PAPNM Signature Artist Members will be held on Sunday the 5th. From November 5-7, Bob Rohm will also be teaching a 3-day workshop, Poetry in the Landscape. The exhibition of works from award winners and other participants, will continue throughout the month of November.
For those that love the outdoors and find inspiration in the ever-changing light across a landscape, plein air painting is the perfect pairing. “En plein air,” is a French term meaning “in the open air” or “outside.” Painting outside gained popularity the 1800’s when portable paints and material became more readily available, and people were becoming more interested in observing and enjoying the unaffected beauty of nature. Today this movement to paint outside has experienced a resurgence. With a desire to return to the outdoors, stay in touch with their surroundings, preserving scenes, capturing forgotten places, communities of like minded people are gathering, exploring, and painting together. PAPNM is one such community. Sorrel Sky Gallery, a strong supporter of plein air painting, representing several plein air painters, is honored to be hosting this and future PAPNM events.
Drawing top artists from across the country, this event showcases their best works from the over the last two years. The ten Master Signature Artists of PAPNM have been invited to participate, as well as Signature Artists. This year’s Juror of Selection for the show includes American Landscape painter David Ballew, Sorrel Sky Gallery owner Shanan Campbell Wells, and last year’s Best of Show Winner Roger Williams. The Judge of Awards is Bob Rohm, Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Oil Painters of America and the Outdoor Painters Society.
Gallery owner Shanan Campbell Wells is a proud advocate of plein air painting. “Plein air painting has been regaining popularity in the last several years. People are realizing that it’s a current movement, one that’s going to endure. Whether actually painting outdoors, or collecting the works of artists that do, plein air painting is here to stay. The PAPNM show, and its many activities, are proof of that. It’s a privilege to promote and host their events.”
Sorrel Sky Gallery’s visionary approach to Western art allows both new and experienced art enthusiasts the opportunity to select from a distinctive collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry. Founded in Durango, CO in 2002, Sorrel Sky Gallery opened its second location in Santa Fe, NM in 2014. Representing several acclaimed and renowned painters, sculptors and jewelers, including Kevin Red Star, Star Liana York, and former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse, among others.
Poetry in the Landscape, Bob Rohm workshop registration information: Click Here or call 505-501-6555. Enroll now to learn something new, refine your own abilities and feed your personal artistic passion.