Santa Fe, NM
Various locations, June 6-July 5
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Painting en plein air creates a special connection between an artist and the location they paint. The artist not only sees the sights but also smells the scents and feels the air to capture the mood and essence of their subject matter. The third annual Santa Fe Plein Air Festival, presented by the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, brings 51 juried artists together to immerse themselves in the Santa Fe region and depict its unique scenic beauty. “It’s hard plein-air painting, it really is,” says participating artist and co-chair of the festival Tobi Clement. “Anyone who does it consistently well is truly gifted. You have to have a wide skill set to be successful.”
Artists have four days to paint, from Sunday, June 7, through Wednesday, June 10, and can pick their own location in the Santa Fe region or visit one of four designated scenic spots selected for the event. These locations include the village of Abiquiu, a historic church, an overlook above Santa Fe where artists can paint an evening sunset, and a monastery in nearby Pecos. “We’ve picked some really beautiful and historic places with a mix of environs,” says Clement.
After the paint-out, artists choose their two best works for the show and sale at InArt Gallery in Santa Fe, which opens on Friday, June 12, at 5 p.m. A Quick Draw event takes place at Santa Fe River Park at noon on that same day. Judges this year include well-known painters Jill Carver and Peggy Immel, with awards totaling over $14,000. Participating artists include Michelle Chrisman, Damien Gonzales, Nita Harper, Margi Lucena, Richard Prather, Julia Seelos, and Richard Szkutnik. The show remains on view through July 5. —Joe Kovack
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