• 09/12/2017 2:24 PM | Holly Kernes

    PAAC's Board and Masters have elevated Debra Joy Groesser to PAAC Master Signature status.

    Deb is a nationally known and award winning plein air artist, and participates widely in many significant plein air events each year.

    She has been interviewed on the podcast Artists Helping Artists, profiled in national art publications, and is the CEO/President of the American Impressionist Society.

    Deb has also been an ardent supporter of PAAC. She has served on the board, and has chaired two of our annual exhibitions. Even after stepping down from the board, she has generously mentored other board members and show chairs. She has been the presenter of awards at several PAAC exhibitions, and spoken at presentations.

    Deb has greatly contributed to the ongoing success of PAAC, and we have no doubt that she will continue to do so.

  • 06/08/2017 2:02 PM | Jennifer Riefenberg (Administrator)

    Congratulations to all of the artists who were juried into the 21st National Plein Air Exhibit and Sale, Sept-Oct, 2017 at Mary Williams Fine Arts in Boulder. 

    A big thank you to all of the artists who entered. 

  • 09/05/2016 5:48 PM | Holly Kernes
    With comments from Jeff Legg - awards judge

    Best of Show

    Sabrina Stiles-“Daybreak at Sandstone”

    “This convincing sun washed hillside demonstrates Sabrina's beautiful sensitivity to the nuances in nature and make this an outstanding painting. The subtle qualities of color and value combined with the solidity of form give the viewer a sense of place in this ethereal landscape.”

    1st Place Signature
    Debra Joy Groesser-“Gone to Check the Lobstahs”
    “Debra has captured the intricacies of this scene with a confidant brush.  A beautifully organized and complicated scene that holds together as a whole with its interconnected shapes while being bathed in golden sunlight.”

    1st Place Associate
    Jennifer Riefenberg, “Aspen Impressions Winter I”
    “Jennifer's painting has wonderfully organized shapes that make a seemingly simple composition striking. The color harmonies are beautiful and give the piece a strong atmospheric sense.”

    2nd Place Overall
    Jane Hunt “Lafayette Sunrise”
    “Jane has created a piece that also captures a sense of place and time. Well organized shapes and control of values and aerial perspective enhance the mood, elevating this to an award winner.”

    3rd Place Overall
    Carol Strock Wasson “Lingering Snow”
    “Carol's quirky use of color, brushwork and perspective make this painting memorable. Although awkward in a way, its un-idealized honesty makes it more authentic. “

    Artists’ Choice Award
    Jane Hunt “Lafayette Sunrise”

    Master Signature Award
    Albert Handell “"At Bays Point, Eastpoint, Florida”

    Allen Award

    Will Maller "Capitola"

    Awards of Merit
    Larry De Graff “Morning Glory”
    Susan Matteson “The Long View”
    Karen Halbert “Santa Fe River Turbulence”
    Ani Espriella “Headed to the Meadow”
    Kathleen Lanzoni “Sunlit Pool”
    Carol Jenkins “West Wind”
    Jeanne Echternach “Winter at the Fly n Bee”
    Susiehyer, “Sedona Sticker Study”

  • 06/01/2016 7:28 AM | Deborah McAllister (Administrator)

    Thanks so much to Jerry's Artarama of Fort Collins and Judson's Art Outfitters for sponsoring gifts and prizes for PAAC's plein air painting "Marathon" June 4 in Fort Collins.

  • 05/28/2016 11:11 PM | Jennifer Riefenberg (Administrator)

    Check out the show images under "Images" tab.  This is a GREAT show!!! thanks to all of the artists who entered -- the competition is tough!  (still working on Masters and Emeritus)

  • 05/23/2016 9:08 PM | Jennifer Riefenberg (Administrator)

    Once again, this years 20th Anniversary Show will be spectacular.  Tthe juror selection has finished and notices have been sent. There were so many wonderful paintings submitted - I wish we could fit them all in.  We have so many talented artists among us! Look for the show catalog to appear soon :)

  • 05/12/2016 7:31 AM | Jennifer Riefenberg (Administrator)

    Don't miss out on entering our 20th Anniversary National Show -- one of the few shows exclusively for plein air.  Give your work a chance to be hung among the best plein air artwork in the country! 

  • 03/26/2016 5:22 PM | Holly Kernes

    The Prospectus for Plein Air Artists Colorado's 20th Annual National Juried Fine Art Exhibition and Sale is now posted on our Event page.  Download your copy today!

    Log in to caFE to enter your Plein Air work until May 17!

  • 03/08/2016 8:13 PM | Jennifer Riefenberg (Administrator)

    The Call for Entry for the 20th National Exhibition and Sale at Mary Williams Fine Arts, Boulder, Colorado is up on CaFE (

  • 12/27/2015 6:00 PM | Jennifer Riefenberg (Administrator)

    Might as well paint away 2015 AND paint into 2016.  Check out the paint out calendar for the Thursday paintouts on New Years Eve and Cliff Austin has once again organized the annual January 1st paintout at Three Ponds Park in Cherry Hills.... stay tuned.

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