Magazine article Southwest Art

Plein Air Artists Colorado Show

Magazine article Southwest Art

Plein Air Artists Colorado Show

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Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, May 5-24

THE PLEIN-AIR painting season gets underway in Taos, NM, in early May with Plein Air Artists Colorado's 16th annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition and Sale. From April 29 through May 4, PAAC members from around the country gather in the historically rooted and culturally rich town, tucked into the southern-most end of the Rocky Mountains, to paint the desert and mountain landscape as spring emerges. Works created during the Paint Out, plus more than 120 juried works by 70 PAAC members and 10 to 12 works by Master Signature Members, go on sale at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art Gallery on May 5.

From May 1 to 4, watch the artists at their easels and talk with them about their work, as they capture Taos proper as well as the surrounding landscape and historical sites en plein air. Freshly painted works by Signature Members are on view and for sale from the "wet wall" May 5 and 6 only. Other special events during the opening weekend include artists' demonstrations and an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 5, at which member artists are in attendance. The Juried Fine Art Exhibit remains on display at Wilder Nightingale Gallery until May 24. A catalog of juried works can also be viewed online at www. pleinairartistscolorado.com. Following is just a small sampling of PAAC artists participating in this year's event.

Colorado artist Leslie Alien says the best advice about painting she ever received came from her grandfather, who said, "Paint what you see." Alien does exactly that, painting clouds purple and snow blue if that is how they look in the changing light. She paints the Colorado mountains, foothills, and wildflowers in stripped-down simplicity.

Having dabbled in other artistic disciplines over the years, Janet Anderson took up oil painting initially because it allowed her to combine her love of the outdoors with her creative expression. …

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