Santa Fe Plein Air Fi­esta

125 W. Palace Av­enue, Santa Fe, NM , (970) 317-4022,

Western Art Collector - - STATE OF THE ART: NEW MEXICO -

Sor­rel Sky Gallery will host the Plein Air Pain­ters of New Mexico’s Santa Fe Plein Air Fi­esta. The open­ing re­cep­tion and award pre­sen­ta­tion will take place on May 4 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the gallery’s down­town lo­ca­tion. An exhibition of award winners and other par­tic­i­pants will con­tinue through May 18.

Pop­u­lar­ized in France in the mid-1800s, plein air paint­ing has found a loyal fol­low­ing in New Mexico, where beau­ti­ful weather, light and land­scape of­fer close to idyllic sur­round­ings. How­ever, shift­ing light or a change in cli­mate means every as­pect of a scene is con­stantly chang­ing. Paint outs en­cour­age plein air pain­ters to ex­plore a spe­cific re­gion, pro­vid­ing artists the op­por­tu­nity to paint in groups, on their own. Santa Fe is at the heart of this year’s zone, with a radius that includes Taos, Las Ve­gas, Al­bu­querque and Je­mez Springs. Artists must sub­mit two plein air works cre­ated dur­ing the paint out days of April 28 through May 2, as well as one stu­dio work. With 50 par­tic­i­pants from across the coun­try, up­wards of 180 pieces will show.

Judge of Awards, Stephen Day, rep­re­sented at Sor­rel Sky Gallery, is a full-time artist living in the South­west, renowned for his plein air paint­ings of the lo­cal land­scape. Ju­rors of Se­lec­tion in­clude: Stephanie Hartshorn, a mem­ber of Oil Pain­ters of Amer­ica, Amer­i­can Im­pres­sion­ist So­ci­ety, Plein Air Artist Colorado and Women Artists of the West, among oth­ers; Shanan Camp­bell Wells, owner of Sor­rel Sky Gallery; and

Charles Iar­robino, a sig­na­ture mem­ber of Oil Pain­ters of Amer­ica and Amer­i­can Im­pres­sion­ist So­ci­ety.

Be­low: Tobi Cle­ment paint­ing in plein air.

Left: Santa Fe Plein Air Fi­esta, Tram­pas Adobe, oil, 12 x 9", by Lisa Flynn.

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