Atmospheric Perspectives: awards, workshops, member shows, juried competitions and more
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Letter from ARC to CPAP

CPAP named Sponsor of ARC International Salon Landscape Competition; Plein Air Category

The Art Renewal Center (ARC) is delighted to have your organization as sponsors for the Landscape Category in the 12th International ARC Salon. We are also proud to work with you on creating a Plein Air Category in the 13th International ARC Salon to provide additional opportunities to plein air artists from around the world. We  very much look forward to collaborating with your organization on promoting the work your organization does for the advancement of the 21st century Realist Art Movement and contemporary plein air works. Plein air painting is truly its own genre, style and technique and it deserves its own recognition, independently of the other current eight categories in the ARC Salon.
Thank you for your support,
Fred Ross, Chairman
Kara Lysandra Ross, Chief Operating Officer

Calls to Artists

California Plein Air Painters/ARC International Salon

International Plein Air Challenge

Artists from around the world are offered this unique and prestigious
opportunity to submit their artwork, win cash awards and jury the 13th
Annual ARC International Salon Plein Air Competition sponsored by
California Plein Air Painters.

ENTRY DATES: March 25-July 31, 2016
ELIGIBILITY: Plein air artists residing anywhere in the world are welcome to apply.
Entries must be submitted online through Online Juried Shows.

For more info go to

Benicia Plein Air Gallery presents the 1st Annual Paintout.

Benicia is an historic, picturesque waterfront town. Our highly publicized event features a one day paint out, art reception with music and food, cash prizes.

Please see for the prospectus and registration form.
Email with any questions.
When:  Saturday, August 27, 2016.

  • Registration begins at 8AM
  • Hang framed paintings at 3PM
  • Judging by award winning oil and watercolor artist, John Finger from 3:30-4:15PM
  • Cash awards and ribbons presented by Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson at 4:30PM
  • Sales and Reception for general public and participants 4:30-7:00PM

Where:  Benicia Plein Air Gallery, 307 First Street, Benicia, CA 94510


North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open
June 13-18, 2016

Artists of all levels are invited to paint the breathtaking scenery of North Lake Tahoe and Truckee for 5 days. Events include 2 paint-outs, a painting demonstration with Randall Stauss, artist reception and exhibit, juried competition and awards, public exhibit during the Tahoe City Wine Walk and a Quick-Draw Competition. Artists receive 70% of all art sales, registration closes May 1, 2016.
For more information and application please visit: or email event coordinator, Abigail Gallup at:

Members News

Lori Putnam’s painting “Up She Rise”
wins First Place

Congratulations to Lori Putnam who received First Place for her work “Up She Rises” in the All Along the Sierra Exhibition currently showing at the Epperson Gallery until May 1st. Lori’s painting “Getting an Early Start” was also awarded Master Class Finalist in the February Art Muse Contest.

Watercolor Techniques

Michael Reardon’s new book from North Light Books, Watercolor Techniques, has been out for a month and is rated number one for new books in watercolor. The book is suitable for beginners to advanced watercolorists, focusing on the use of light and color in landscapes and cityscapes. It can be purchased at your local book store, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or North Light books,

Rick J. Delanty participated in the Maui Plein Air Invitational March 12-21

Twenty-six painters showed work in three quick-draws and a culminating exhibition in Lahaina Galleries. Lois Reiswig, Una Somerville, and Lynn Shue coordinated their efficient staff to produce a well-organized, well-attended event. Weather was excellent for the most part: some high winds produced some very unusual paintings. The “Mahalo” spirit was evident everywhere!

Alone at Blackstar Meadow,
oil painting  by CPAP member, Kathleen Williams

has been juried in to Chemers Gallery's upcoming show, "The heART of Orange County". The juror for the show is Julie Lee of the Bowers Museum.  The show will feature paintings that reflect the art scene in and around Orange County.  The show opens April 23 and runs though May 7 at Chemers Gallery, 17300 Seventeenth Street, Ste. G, Tustin, CA 82780.  The artists' reception is Saturday, April 23 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. with awards presented about 6:00 p.m.

Tonya Zenin will be participating in 23rd Annual Carmel Art Festival

has been juried in to 23rd Annual Carmel Art Festival for the seven's consecutive year. On Friday evening, artists will bring their freshly painted entries to Mission Street for first viewing. On Saturday, the Plein Air competition starts out with judging the 120 entries, followed by the silent auction until 6:00pm.
Meet the Artist, Sat. May 14 – 3:30 pm
Award Ceremony, Sat. May 14 – 5 pm

Lisa Fricker, CPAP will be exhibiting with the Oil Painters of America

in their 25th National, a silver anniversary celebration with a large prize purse and many conference activities for artists. Hosted by Southwest Gallery in Dallas, the opening reception is to be held on Friday, May 13. The participating work is the first in her new series on Chaos Theory, painted with palette knife.

CPAP member Vanessa Rothe is included in The Paris
15 American Artists,

Following in the footsteps of the great American painters before them, a group of young realist artists will travel to Paris in summer 2016. They will copy in museums, paint on location plein air, learn from curators and educators in the field, and paint together in the studio. In April 2016, The Paris Seminar will hold two exciting exhibitions one on the West Coast and one on the East Coast, where you can attend demos and lectures and purchase fine artwork by the artists. Each work will be for sale individually. 
View Digital Catalog of the Exhibition.


Mark Monsarrat, a new Signature Member of Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association (MBPAPA),

is accepted into the following 2016 juried plein air competitions: Carmel Art Festival (May 11-15) and Los Gatos Plein Air (June 14-18) having received in 2015, among other awards: First Place Oils and Best Quickdraw at Shelter Cove Plein Air; special PAPo award at the Frank Bette Center Juried Alameda Paintout; Special Judge’s Award, Mendocino Open Paintout; Fourth Place, Marin County Fair Plein Air and Honorable Mention in the Big Sur Paintout.

Upcoming Shows

Casa Romantica Cultural Center in San Clemente, California, will be hosting a curated exhibition of original paintings, artifacts and memorabilia featuring Catalina Island, opening June 17, through September 11. Entitled “To Avalon and Beyond,” the exhibit will feature twelve original oil paintings by Rick J. Delanty, whose subjects are the historical Casino, the romantic village of Avalon, and scenes from the island’s interior, most of which is under the management of the Catalina Conservancy. Jeff Horn and Rick made the trip together, painting in the wilds and harbors, and seeing plenty of wildlife unique to the west.
More of Rick’s work may be viewed at
In a special Student-Teacher show, Mark Monsarrat is currently showing along with Charles White and 10 each of their students at John O’Lague Gallery in Hayward City Hall. He is also showing with Monterey Bay PAPA at Natividad Hospital in Salinas.
Other shows upcoming, see


Randall Sexton
The Joy of Painting Plein Air

Oil / Pastel / Acrylic
September 18-23 2016   Arrival Sunday Depart Friday am
Rusted Poppy Inn  Pueblo, CO all inclusive
Premium workshop: 6-8 student maximum with all the perks.
We will be painting at a variety of locations during this workshop

For information:
Marty Brens: 719 545-2795
With Christine Crozier

July 9-13, 2016
            Improve your plein-air painting at this High Sierra wilderness ranch.  It’s like camping but without the hassle- sleep in a bed, enjoy delicious meals, and indulge in the luxury of enclosed hot springs pools.  Stay a few extra days to paint on your own and continue to enjoy the beautiful High Sierra.
$1015 Includes lodging, meals, and workshop from 7/9-7/13 (double occupancy)
Plein-Air Workshop meets
Sunday, July 10-Tuesday, July 12, 2016 8:30-3:30
For more information please contact:
Christine Crozier
or call: 831-375-3224

Hidden Secrets of Plein Air Painting

with Susan Hall

Dates: July 8 - 10, 2016
Location: Mendocino Art Center
City/Town: Mendocino, CA

Phone: 800-653-3328 ext 10, or register online

Complete details at: Class goes from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, allowing time for you to enjoy the renowned Mendocino coast and town.

Painting in Provence  in July 2016

Brigitte Curt and Jim Smyth are teaching a painting workshop July 2 to July 16. Join us in quiet Provence, far from the tourist sites.  Join us for two weeks of intense painting and drawing in lavender fields and hilltop villages in traditional Provence of charm and beauty for memories of a lifetime.  Come visit our website and our Provence pages with hundreds of photos of artists painting and exquisite pictures of villages and lavender fields .
Contact Brigitte 408 739 6037


Lori Putnam Workshop

Lori has added a new workshop, Expression and Response in Maynard Dixon Country. This will be a plein air workshop held on the Maynard Dixon property, October 26th - 29th, 2016.

For more information or to register, contact The Thunderbird Foundation.

2016 Workshop Schedule

With Georgia Mansur

Grab your brushes and join me at one of my exciting workshops or events!  
Click here for more information:
  • Carmel, CA April 22-25
  • Plein Air Convention Faculty Tucson AZ April 15-20
  • Seattle, Daniel Smith Stores May 7-14 (work shop & demos)
  • Provence, France August 1-10
  • Limoux, France Montfaucon August 20-30
  • Croatia September 1-10
Questions? Suggestions?

Contact Tonya Zenin at

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