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Lamya Deeb
2013 Best of Show
Walden Sunset


Teri Gortmaker
2012 Best of Show

Teresa Vito
2011 Best of Show
"Crested Butte Poppies"

Francis Gottleib
2010 Best of Show
"Morning on the Bay"
Doug Dawson, Master Signature Member
"Spring Study"
11x14 pastel
William Scott Jennings, Master Signature Member
"Eucalyptus at Sunset" 11x14 oil
Jeff Legg, Master Signature Member
"Thin Air" 9x12 oil
Joe Anna Arnett, Master Signature Member
"Lezzano On Lake Como" 9x12 oil
Quang Ho, Master Signature Member
“Bear Creek” 10x20 oil
Kim English, Master Signature Member
"Colorado Fence Line" 12x16 oil
Don Sahli, Master Signature Member
"Summer of Green, Accent of Red" 24x30 oil
Karen Vance, Master Signature Member
“Winter Grays” 12x16 oil
Albert Handell, Master Signature Member
“Interior Falls” 18x24 oil


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Announcing Our 18th Annual National Juried Exhibition

August 9th through 30th, 2014
Opening Reception on Saturday, August 9th

Show Info and Prospectus

Show Catalog

Abend Gallery
2260 E. Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO Winter Grays by Karen Vance

Judge of Awards: Karen Vance, PAAC Master

Full Details about the show may be found by clicking here:
Press Release for our 18th Annual National Exhibition

PAAC Workshops August 6 and 7, 2014 with Lorenzo Chavez, Jeanne Mackenzie, Kevin Wechback and Stacey Peterson. Click here to register.

August 8th All Member Paint Out in Boulder

Morning refreshments provided by Plein Air Magazine!

Date: August 8th, 9am to...

Location: Coot Lake/ Tom Watson park - 6180 N 63rd St. Boulder, CO 80301

Take US 36 W and exit onto CO-157 N/Foothills Pkwy. Continue on CO-119/Diagonal Hwy toward Longmont. Go left on N. 63rd Street. Coot Lake and Tom Watson Park are 1.5 miles north of the intersection of Diagonal Highway and 63rd. Coot Lake is on your left and there is limited parking. A large parking lot for Tom Watson Park is on your right just after the crosswalk. The crosswalk connects Tom Watson Park with Coot Lake.

Description: Coot Lake has wonderful views of the mountains, mature trees, open fields, lake, and wetlands.

Facilities: Bathrooms at Tom Watson park parking lot and also at Coot Lake near the crosswalk on 63rd Street. Water fountain, picnic tables, covered gazebo (for rent)


Questions: Contact Jane Hunt at or (303)443-3188

Fun at the 2nd Annual PAAC Plein Air Marathon

On June 28, Plein Air Artists Colorado's annual plein air marathon ended as the daylight fell into the beautiful shadows and silhouetted mountains. The marathon is a fun and unique event organized for our members and registered guests. This year artists painted all over Boulder County. Cash and other prizes were given out in the drawing that each "finisher" was eligible for. The playing field started out strong, and throughout the day, as others joined us for a painting or two, we counted 25 participants with 13 brave souls completing at least one painting at each of the 5 specific locations - finishing the marathon.

The marathon began as we all met at 5 am near Longmont, Colorado - as the sun rose and we captured that incredible color including flashes of the red, orange, and yellow inferno in the morning sky. Painting continued with the early morning light before we moved up the road to paint the quaint downtown of Niwot, Colorado. We enjoyed visiting Osmosis Art Gallery who provided us with with coffee and muffins, a very welcome energy booster. Next we painted near downtown Boulder, Colorado along Boulder Creek, where it flows from its mountain origins - the water moving very high and fast this year. From Boulder, and as the afternoon sun began to bake, we headed northeast to finish our marathon, painting a beautiful lake area with the mountains and late afternoon skies as a backdrop. Yes, five paintings to be done during the marathon - what a day of painting!

Thanks to all of those who participated or helped out in so many ways; and a special thank you to Deborah McAllister, from PAAC, who along with Joan Wolbier and her expert knowlege of Boulder County, organized and planned this event for all of us to enjoy, with.

Click here to see the photos.

Grand Junction PAAC Paint Out Fall 2014

Join us on the Western Slope for a PAAC paint out of spectacular Fall color during the week of "Color Sunday". Mary Ellen Andrews has been planning this destination paint out and has many wonderful locations lined up for us. Choose your own accommodations. A list of hotels will be provided after registration.
Dates: The week of Sept. 21 - Sept 28, 2014 (Color Sunday Week on the Grand Mesa)
Welcome dinner on Sunday, Sept 21, 7:30 p.m. at Naggy McGee's, 359 Colorado Ave.
Order from the menu. Individual tabs.

Cost to register for the paint out is $20.

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