Adventure, Fellowship, Networking, Growth, Workshops, Shows, Exhibits, Contests, Paintouts....
We love to get every drop of adventure out of our experiences.
"Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become." __ Steve Jobs
We share the common bond of being in love with painting outdoors. Our stories are all unique as is our work. Alabama Plein Air Artist are from all over the state and beyond.
For over twenty years, this group of artists has met monthly to paint the beauty of Alabama en plein air. We are watercolorists, oil painters, sketchers, and more. Some have been members the entire twenty years, some only for a few months. The group has all skill levels from beginner to professional, all ages from 18 to seventies. We welcome artists to visit a members' paint out event if you think you might be interested in joining us.
Our mutual interest and love for art brings us closer as we support each other and, as we share and grow and together.
Our mission is to capture the sights and scenic locales of the beautiful state of Alabama and sometimes surrounding states. Our membership is comprised of artists from Alabama and surrounding states, but we welcome anyone who would like to paint with us and attend our monthly paint outs. This group allows you to travel and meet interesting new people and broaden your base.
Alabama Plein Air Artists began on May 6, 2004 by twin sisters, Bonnie Phillips from Sylacauga and Connie Watts from Childersburg.
Charter members of the group included Connie Watts, Bonnie Phillips, Donna Chieves, Charlotte McDavid, Joan Weaver, Susan Beck, Fran Harry, Donna Gordon, Linda Steed and Susan Baird.
Early members also included Glenda Adams, Anne Stickney, Barbara Davis, Dee Falls, Deborah Hughes and Joan Di Laura.
The Mission- To start a supportive, networking group of professional artists who promote and enjoy plein air painting.
Annual Paintouts with Exhibitions:
Special Exhibition for Alabama Bicentennial Celebration - exhibition coordinated by Amy Peterson and Anne Stickney. Paintings of historic locations throughout the state along with their history, this exhibition travelled to a number of locations around Alabama during the 200th anniversary celebration of the statehood of Alabama. - 2019
Many other paintouts and some with shows (certainly not all are listed) throughout Alabama and surrounding states including -
Several at Gulf Shores hosted by Marlene Johnt and Mildred Hanson,
Wetumpka, Jasmine Hill Gardens, Mentone, Gadsden / Noccalula Falls, Huntsville, Decatur/Mooresville, Athens, The Dismals, The Cahaba Lilies in West Blocton, Monroeville, Lake Martin and many locations in Birmingham area including Bham. Botanical Gardens, Sloss Furnace, Highland Avenue, Oak Mountain State Park, Tannehill State Park and Montevallo.
Other Special Plein Air Events -
Plein Air South - a nationally known event in Apalachicola and Eastpoint, Florida. This is a large, week long plein air event with demos and workshops in the beautiful “Forgotten Coast” area of Florida. Many from APAA have served as coordinators and volunteers and some members have been among the invited faculty artists. 2016 - present
Forgotten Coast en Plein Air - an invitational event following Plein Air South. Several of our members were among the group of exceptional, nationally and some internationally known artists chosen to participate in this eleven day event. Many demos and a quick draw which anyone can enter.
We would love to have your ideas and input as a member.
Alabama Plein Air Artists (APAA) New Member Form
Membership is open to all plein air artists age 18 or above living in Alabama or adjacent states. APAA members are predominately from Alabama.
Annual Dues: $10 (after October 1, dues will be applied to next year) Renewal is January 1.
There are two methods to pay dues:
1. Scan or photograph Form with cell-phone, then Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be sent a PayPal invoice for payment. Please show name on pay pal account, if different___________________________________________ or
2. Send a check payable to APAA to :
37 Lee Road 2060
Opelika, AL 36804
New Member Form
Complete and mail to the address above or Email to alapleinairartist@gmail
Phone: ____________________________Text? Y or N. Have What’s App? Y or N (For paint outs)
Optional: Website or Social Media User names: ________________________________________
Tell us about your plein air painting (experience, paintouts attended?, preferred medium, preferred subjects,etc___________________________________________________________
Are there skills you are willing to share to help APAA as an organization?
___Writing ___Accounting ___Mentor (for new plein air artists)
___graphic design ___Website Mgmt ___other__________________________________
___photography ___Paint out host ___Paint Out sites near you? __________________
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