Prairie Grove Battlefield Paint Out May 9, 2018

This is a picture of a crowd of people looking at Kay Pickett’s painting.  There is such a crowd that you can not see Kay!  Photo taken by Carol Florida.


Eureka Springs Plein Air Festival

Visit Historic Eureka Springs, Arkansas: The Next Great Plein-Air Destination! May 22-26th, 2016 Or call: 479-253-5384 Awards up to $1000.00!

PAPO at Eureka Springs Plein Air Festival

Plein Air Painters of Eureka Springs, PAPE, and Eureka Springs School of Art, ESPA, organized the 1st Annual Plein Air Festival in Eureka Springs in May, 2016.  From our PAPO group we had about a dozen artist participate in the event.  Our member, Kay Pickett, was interviewed by PBS/Arkansas Living,

We are grateful for the folks that put this festival together and look forward to next year!

Reception at Visit Bentonville on November 20, 2015

IMG_8873 IMG_8874 IMG_8875 IMG_8876 IMG_8877 IMG_8878 IMG_8879 IMG_8880 IMG_8881 IMG_8912 IMG_8913 IMG_8914 IMG_8917 IMG_8921 IMG_8923 IMG_8925 IMG_8929 IMG_8931 IMG_8933 IMG_8936 IMG_8938 IMG_8939 IMG_8941 IMG_8942PAPO, please mark your calendars for an artist reception at Visit Bentonville center…..

November 20, 2015 on a Friday Evening from 6:30pm to 8:00pm 
Email from Courtney:  “That Friday should work just fine.  I’ll make sure there’s a table set up with some light refreshments (cookies, tea or punch, kind of thing).  Let me know if you need anything else.
We really appreciate the staff at Visit Bentonville for inviting us to exhibit our paintings and for setting up an evening of fun to showcase our art to friends, family, and the Bentonville neighbors.  Everyone please pass the word about our upcoming reception, thank you!

Rarebits by Bunny for August 5th at the Wright’s home

RareBits for August 5, 2015

At the home of Phil and Wanda Wright, “Mi Casa, Su Casa”

Ah-h… what a perfectly cozy, informative and festive banquet 17 PAPO people enjoyed at Phil and Wanda’s home last Wednesday.  In other words: we all appreciated the comfortable surroundings, the demo by acrylic-sist(?)  Charles Harrington (well—O.K. – acrylic painter) and the truly scrumptious Tex-Mex luncheon.

First tho’: under cowering skies, the Bunny arrived with her ever-faithful, tummy-friendly brownies. Then Charles and Daphne Harrington, Charles carrying his easel, Daphne carrying everything else. (Just kidding?).  In short order, Steve Schneider, Victor Parkerson, Becky Christensen and Julie Hayes drove up.  Julie immediately began distributing the new 2015 Members Directory.  (Well done, Julie!)  Bunny goofed and didn’t get Becky’s info to Julie.

When Glenn Benson and Alan Morgan arrived, Bunny (bein’ smart-alecky) asked of Glenn “And who are you?” (We haven’t seen him for a while.) Alan answered, “His name’s Jimmy.”  So Jimmy it was.  And barefoot too.  (Well this is Arkansas). Along about this time and before the demo Cindy Ho, Gloria Pendry, Roz Ramey and Liz Smith scooted in.  Sherry Portman rushed in with a try of brownies “Just out of the oven!”

A pause right here:  most everyone brought in one or two examples of their art and set them up in Phil’s enclosed deck; a light and airy glass-galore studio.

O.K.:  Demo by Charles (who had thoughtfully supplied a drop cloth). His subject was a photo of their back yard.  With a running commentary and answering questions, Charles got into it.  Highlights and tips include using a (size-preferred) square Masonite board mounted on canvas. And gesso-ed.  His brushes today include a No.1/2”, a No. 1” and for details, a No. 4.  About this time, Mike and Carol Tillery tiptoed in.  (It took them only “an hour and a half” to get here).  Another arrival made itself known: thunder – and soon – pouring rain.  Another tip from Charles (noticing the rain):  don’t use water to thin acrylics – only acrylic mat medium.

Time out for a short (!) recess. Right.  Everyone headed for Phil’s studio for Show & Tell.  From Cindy and Carol’s flowers, to the natural (PLein Air!) scenes from just about everyone else, to Victor and Bunny’s portraits – WOW! – quite a selection. As zeveryone sat down again, Charles continued.  Soon 11:25 appeared along with “I can stop whenever we get hungry.”  At that, every head turned and looked at Victor who already was sitting at the table.  Waiting.

LUNCH – Yes! In capitals!  Ah-h… what can I say. Lettuce waiting to be piled high with all kinds of toppings imaginable (for either a salad or a tortilla wrap or both); chicken chunks marinated overnight in a lime/cilantro/secret ingredient sauce and a Mexican rice casserole.  And the two varieties of brownies.  Oh my.  With our breadbaskets full of wonderful items, we could heartily and with much thanks say to the Wrights “Su Casa, Mi Casa.”

Thanks Wanda and Phil for your wonderful hospitality.  The demo by Charles was a great idea.  As always, you make all of us feel so welcome and comfortable.  Our abdominal regions are also deeply appreciative.  God bless all.