Our Mission: To promote plein air painting in the State of Washington by providing painting, learning, and exhibiting opportunities.

  • March President's Letter

    I’m pulling my plein air backpack this week. It’s time to pack my favorite brushes and paint colors, find my water bottle, and examine my Easyl to see if it can make it through one more year. The Nisqually paint-out is just days away. Keep your fingers crossed that the weather stays dry Friday and Saturday. Nisqually has beautiful vistas to stretch our plein air muscles and limber us up for the busy painting ahead.

    As those of you who have been with PAWA for several years know, our schedule often changes. We’re working on details now for each event. Sometimes we find new information about an area, and sometimes we discover that no one is available on our scheduled dates. As you might imagine it’s quite a challenge to come up with places and dates that work for everyone. We try to simply have a nice variety of options and hope that you will join us when you can. So remember that calendar I sent last month? It’s already had some changes. These include:

    • The San Juan Preservation Trust will be July 28 on Shaw Island,

    • The Fisherman’s Terminal /Ballard paint-out was dropped for April 28 because it conflicts with the date set for Tilbury, and

    • We dropped Teanaway in early July simply because that’s the weekend after the Fourth of July. We still intend to get there, we’re just not sure when.

    Our April paint-outs will be St. Edwards State Park on April 13 and 14, and the Tilbury event in Kingston on April 28 and they are still on!

    The best way to check calendar information will be our new website. It’s going to have a page of links for each event. Watch for an email very soon, introducing the new site. It’s really cool! Beside a page for online membership submittal, it will have complete event information, a beautiful member’s gallery and a blog of photos, notes and comments about our paint-outs.

    Another communication tool we’re starting to use is Facebook. Our Plein Air Washington (click here to check it out) page is now open to everyone. Please “like” it to follow our activities. All plein air painters are welcome to post information about your painting expeditions, share new techniques, post photos or ask questions .

    And last, but certainly not least is our special Gauguin tour on March 30! We still have space available. Group rate reservations must be made by March 23 and day of the event tickets can be purchased at full price. Please let me know as soon as possible if you’d like to attend.

    That’s it for March. Happy painting everyone!

    PS. At the end of each monthly letter I will post member news including shows and workshops. You must get your information to me by the second Tuesday of each month.

    Ned Mueller is one of the featured artists at the Plein Air Convention in Las Vegas in April. He will be doing a plein air workshop in the Seattle area this summer, July 27th, 28th and 29th. The class will be limited to 16 students; cost will be $350. He also has ongoing classes in his studio every Wednesday morning and afternoon, plus he’s starting a one weekend a month class. Contact Ned for complete information: nedmueller06@comcast.net or 425-255-1378

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