The Plein Air Painters of the Ozarks (PAPO), founded by Gwen Long in 2003, formally chartered in 2004 with 17 members and current has 60 members.
The group meets weekly to paint en plein aire on Wednesday mornings, April through November, at various locations in Northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas. En plein aire, a French expression which means “in the open air,” is used particularly to describe the act of painting outdoors. Following each paintout the group enjoys lunch together at a nearby restaurant or brown-bags on site.
Existing without a board, officers, or regular business meetings, members take turns hosting (planning) paintouts. Membership is open.
A bi-monthly newsletter, Palette Prattle, informs members of the paintout schedule. Whenever possible, weekly e-mails, PAPO UPDATE, remind members of paintout sites and other current news.
To simplify predicting weather conditions, paintouts are not canceled but attendance is left to individual discretion.