Sedona Arts Center, March 15-26
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The Arizona Plein Air Painters annual juried members show returns to the Sedona Arts Center this month. The show opens on Friday, March 15, with a reception from 4 to 8 p.m. An awards ceremony begins at 6 p.m., with prizes for Best of Show, three runners-up, People’s Choice, and Artists’ Choice. Members of the group entered up to three new works each—one entry could be a studio piece, while the other two had to be created on location.
The APAP organization consists of Arizona artists dedicated to painting directly from life. The group has a broad mission that includes art education, natural and cultural heritage preservation, and hosting art shows and local paint-outs. Here we introduce you to a handful of the more than 80 artist members.
Watercolorist Marsha Owen enjoys depicting the variety of landscapes near her home in Flagstaff. “I can choose to paint the aspen forests of the San Francisco Peaks, the floor of the Colorado Plateau, the sunflower meadows of Flagstaff, or the red rocks of Sedona,” she says.
In the southern part of the state, Walter Porter ventures out from his home in the Tucson Mountains to paint en plein air. Additionally, to escape the intense heat, Porter spends part of the summer in his studio working on larger landscape, figurative, and western pieces.
Marla Smith began painting later in life, after her children were grown. She has always been fascinated by the beautiful landscapes that surround her, and much of her material is gathered in the early mornings on the small cattle ranch she owns with her husband near Prescott.
For watercolorist Robert Dalegowski, plein-air painting frequently involves multiday backpacking trips, usually in the Grand Canyon. Scenes featuring water are painted using water from that location. Dalegowski’s works are never exact representations, but rather “edited visions that express the glow of light and complexity of mood.”
Phoenix artist Julie Gilbert Pollard creates oil and watercolor landscapes in a fluid, painterly manner. “The magical allure of the natural world—and my reverence for it—compels me to attempt to capture its essence on canvas or paper,” she says. —Lindsay Mitchell
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