A few years ago four professional plein-air painters from the Boothbay region were at an opening. (Corinne McIntyre, Roger Milinowski and Ron and Monique Parry). Ron said, "Since we all usually paint by ourselves why don't we go out every Wednesday and paint together". And so the "Plein Air Painters of Maine" was born. What started out with just four of us now has ten Chapters with over 600 members. At any given time in the summer there can be 14 to 20 people painting. In the winter there may only be two or three hearty folk. But the interest has never subsided. The comraderie, exchange of ideas and just plain fellowship with other painters is so rewarding.

The Boothbay Region, in fact, all of Maine, has a wealth of subject matter to paint. The sea, the coastal rocks, endless skies, seabirds, lobster boats, docks, fish houses...etc. It is so beautiful. A painters paradise.

Any painter is welcome to come paint with us. Just contact either Gmail below and we will let you know where we will be.


We shall post news of shows, awards, and other exciting things that happen to us. Send any news you would like others to know about to:

Friday, September 10, 2021

PAPME Opportunity at Audubon

You are invited to celebrate Brush with Nature!
Join us on September 17 at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center
for a special reception to preview the paintings
Meet the artists,enjoy refreshments, and start the bidding!

RSVP by 9/10 to: developmentevents@maineaudubon.org
or call Kate Lewis at 207-781-2330 x218

25 new works of art will be available for online bidding September 17-26
Special Reception
Friday, September 17, 2021
5-7 pm
20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, Maine

Visit your favorite sanctuary September 9-12 and
be inspired by these Maine artists in action!

Borestone Mountain, Elliotsville 
Lindsay Hancock, Alison Stark, Michael E. Vermette

Gilsland Farm, Falmouth
Rabee Kiwan, Rebekah Lowell, Kerrin Parkinson, Liliia Yuliya Shuel

East Point, Biddeford Pool
MJ Benson, Kristin Fitzpatrick, Bruce McMillan, Russel Whitten

Fields Pond, Holden
Caren Michel

Mast Landing, Freeport
Maggie Daigle, Kim Gagne, Chris Magnuson, John Santoro

Hamilton, West Bath
Lisa Kyle, Carolyn Nichols

Scarborough Marsh, Scarborough
Michael Boardman, Marguerite Lawler, Robert Mongue, Graham Wood, Josephine Newman 
Lyn Asselta, Margaret Ford, Joyce Smith

Saturday, September 4, 2021

PAPME Member Fran Scannell Exhibit September + October


1032 Hendricks Hill Road

Southport Maine 04575


PAPME Opportunity September 11

 Heads up for Plein Air Painting Day at the McLaughlin Garden & Homestead 

97 Main Street South Paris, ME 04281

September 11

(207) 743-8820)

Artists are invited to set up in the Garden on Saturday, September 11th and paint from 10am to 3pm. I only ask for an RSVP via email  karlahorecky@mclaughlingarden.org  so that I know how much I need for space. 

Live acoustic music begins at 11am on the gathering lawn in the Garden and lasts for about 2 hours. I will provide chairs and water. There is a bathroom available.

Karla Horecky <karlahorecky@mclaughlingarden.org>

Thursday, August 12, 2021

FRAN SCANNELL will have a display of her work at the Lincoln Art Festival's event


will have a display of her work at

Art for Art’s Sake Sale 

at the 

 Boothbay Region YMCA

*261 Townsend Avenue

 Boothbay Harbor

August 13 – 15, 2021 

Friday – Saturday 10am – 5:30pm
Sunday 10am-3pm

Saturday, August 14 - Arts Interaction Day 

with Demos  and Hands On Art Tutorials

PAPME Opportunity

Call For Artists
Perkins Cove Plein Air Event
in Ogunquit, Maine

Saturday September 11th from 9am – 5pm
Rain Date: Sunday, Sept 12th

Professional Amateur
1st prize - $600 1st prize - $200
2nd prize - $350 2nd prize - $100
3rd Prize - $200 3rd Prize - $$50
People's Choice Award $2

Entry Fee: $30 for Parking and Boxed Lunch

For More information and application email:
Jen Lewer – jenlewer@cfl.rr.com

Applications due September 3, 2021

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

PAPME MEMBER Fran Scannell shows in Lincoln Arts Festival

 FRAN SCANNELL will have a display of her work at the  

Art for Art’s Sake Sale 

at the 

 Boothbay Region YMCA

*261 Townsend Avenue

 Boothbay Harbor

August 13 – 15, 2021 

Friday – Saturday 10am – 5:30pm
Sunday 10am-3pm

Saturday, August 14 - Arts Interaction Day 

with Demos  and Hands On Art Tutorials

Monday, June 14, 2021


Michael Vermette is once again offering plein air workshops at Rangeley in August and in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway/Chamberlain Lake region in October.

To see the information and description click on his website below 


Thursday, May 27, 2021


Maine Audubon is planning a Sept. fundraiser auction of paintings by Plein Air Painters at the preserves in Maine. Artists must submit applications which are due June 1. Details at https://www.maineaudubon.org/art/brush-with-nature/

Monday, April 26, 2021

Another PAPME Opportunity

Bangor Art Society's Annual Open Juried Show

May 1st
at Eastern Maine Development Corporation 
40 Harlow Street, Bangor
Registration on 
or via mail Bangor Art Society, POB. 2411, Bangor Maine 04402.
Registrations will also be accepted day of art intake, May 1st, 
at Eastern Maine Development Corporation
40 Harlow Street, Bangor, Maine. 

Thank you,
Teddi-Jann Covell 
Bangor Art Society

Monday, April 19, 2021


Hurricane Island Art Trip 2021
August 3 - 6

Boat ride, lodging, French Picnic, professional art instruction, organic local food, skilled artists,  berry picking, starry nights, fantastic vistas, sketching, swimming!  Pristine island with fantastic scenery, serenity, and unparalleled marine motifs! 

Class size is limited: $549.75 total fee.  $250 deposit due May 1. 
All mediums accepted. 

Contact Debra Arter for more info. (207)  563-7100  debraarter@gmail.com

 The closest thing to heaven!!   
It could be the highlight of your summer!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2021


This past winter Kathy became an Associate Member of the New England Watercolor Society and was selected by jury into the first show at The Plymouth Art Center in Plymouth Mass.
The show continues through the end of April. Viewing the show is available on their website through Etsy. 

Congratulations Kathy!!!

To see the show online go to:


Saturday, August 29, 2020


Our “Oil Painters of America Great Paint Out” has been canceled for this year. After much thought it was decided that it was too risky because of Covid-19. We will have it again in September 2021. Todd Bonita our Southern Chapter organizer will be hosting it then at a new Southern venue. Until then, keep your brushes moving!

Sunday, July 26, 2020


This Summer and Fall 

First Federal Savings Bank 
41 Townsend Avenue 
Boothbay Harbor 
is hosting an exhibition of four regional artists who are all part of the 
Plein Air Painters of Maine. 

Maine has a very active group of painters working on location.  The subject matter of these paintings include seascapes, landscapes, city and garden scenes. The artists in the current show are all active with the Plein Air Painters Of Maine, Midcoast Chapter.  See works of  Wendy Korjeff Bellows of Boothbay, Ed Buonvecchio of Wiscasset, Rebecca Kresovsky of West Bath, and Bill Robitzek of Brunswick. 

Work will be on display throughout the summer and fall and all work is for sale. First Federal’s lobby is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, June 21, 2020


Come and Join Michael E. Vermette, 
the first Visiting Artist
in a new Open Studio Workshop program

The program provides participants with an opportunity to paint with the artist in a remote, rustic wilderness as he teaches them to interpret experiences en plein air. 

This 1-day plein air Watercolor workshop celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Allagash Wilderness waterway and the artist who painted the subjects here! Based at the beautiful and historic Nugent's Camps on Chamberland, where there is no road access, crystal clear Lake views.  

If you have ever wanted to learn to paint outdoors or you are a plein air painter already who likes to explore, hike, paddle, and paint on location with other like-minded artists, this muse is for you! 

All levels of watercolor painters are welcome. Be among a motivated group of painters who will productively paint outdoors multiple watercolor studies to mark their stay in this truly secluded wilderness. Michael will demonstrate the making of a quick watercolor sketch and host a morning, afternoon and evening session at sunset. These painting sessions will include fundamental exercises specific to breaking down the landscape into clear painterly perceptions that create atmospheric light, and the elements of design through rapidly painted line, color, texture, shape and space effects. There will be group critiques and individual instruction by the generous and approachable teaching style of the instructor. You are free in early evening to include in your schedule a full moon nocturnal session, that anticipates the moon phase against the clear sky without light pollution. In this workshop you will need to be physically able to walk and paddle moderate distances on uneven terrain and Chamberlin Lake while carrying your easel and supplies. 

Watercolor trail kits containing all the supplies and equipment needed for this outdoor workshop can be rented for an extra nominal fee and will be ready for you to use on the day of the workshop. 

This workshop is sponsored by the Rangeley Friends of the Arts and the Rangeley Heritage Trust. Come and be a part of a workshop that puts life back into your outdoor painting experience!

Meals and Lodging: Nugent's Camps, contact: nugentscamps.com <http://www.nugentscamps.com/> for rates and plans.
Equipment rental $40.00 for the whole day and all sessions (Includes watercolor paper, watercolor paints, field palette, brushes, field easel and Umbrella and misc. supplies)
Travel: Either by Canoe or Float Plane , Click Here for the Katahdin Flight Servi <https://www.katahdinair.com/>ce in Millinocket, ME.
ITINERARY: Click Here  <http://artmountain1.fineartstudioonline.com/page/24622/itinerary-august-3rd-2020>for a complete schedule of events.
ART SUPPLIES: Click Here <http://artmountain1.fineartstudioonline.com/page/24623/art-supply-list-for-august-3rd-2020> for a complete list of suggested art supplies for this one day workshop.
REGISTRATION FORM: CLICK HERE. <http://artmountain1.fineartstudioonline.com/page/24624/allagash-watercolor-workshop-registration>

Michael Vermette: http://www.michaelevermette.com

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

PAPME Members Opportunity-Senior College FESTIVAL OF ART

         Maine artists, 50 years of age and above, are invited to enter one piece of their work in the 18th Annual Senior College Festival of Art, to be held at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, June 4 thru June 7, 2020.  Amateur and professional artists are welcome, all media accepted, (some size restrictions may apply).  Artists may offer their work for sale if they wish. You need not be a Senior College member to participate. 
          Entry forms must be submitted by March 31, 2020.   Artwork is to be delivered to the University of Maine Hutchinson Center on Wednesday, June 3, between 5 and 7 p.m.
          An entry form and information regarding the event may be obtained via e-mail at: seniorcollegefestivalofart@gmail.com, by leaving a message at the Senior College office (338-8033), at our web site www.belfastseniorcollege.org, or they may be picked up at the Senior College Office, UMaine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., (Route 3), Belfast.

Friday, February 28, 2020

PAPME OPPORTUNITY Paint for Preservation 2020

Call for Artists: Paint for Preservation 2020

Annual 3-day plein air event raises money for land conservation in Cape Elizabeth

CAPE ELIZABETH, MAINE – The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust (CELT) announced today that it is accepting artist submissions for Paint for Preservation 2020, the organization’s 13th annual juried Wet Paint Auction and one of Maine’s premier art auction events. Artist entries will be juried by Ruth Greene-McNally, Curator of American Art from the Ogunquit Museum
The Wet Paint Auction will be held on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Over three days on the weekend of the event (Friday June 26 through Sunday June 28), selected artists will paint en plein air  (outdoors) at designated public and private locations chosen to highlight Cape Elizabeth’s natural beauty. On Sunday afternoon, the newly painted artwork will be auctioned live at a tented cocktail reception in Cape Elizabeth. The action attracts about 400 people each year. Proceeds from the auction are shared with participating artists and benefit CELT’s conservation of the shore lands, marshes, farmlands and woodlands that provide scenic beauty, recreational opportunities and important wildlife habitat in Cape Elizabeth.

Interested artists are invited to submit three images of original plein air paintings in any medium for juried consideration. Samples must be submitted as digital images via email. 
The artist submission form and further instructions regarding submission requirements may be obtained at

The deadline for artists’ submissions is Friday, March 13, 2020.

About the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust
The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust permanently conserves and provides stewardship for lands cherished by our community—from shore lands to marshes, from farmlands to woodlands—for the education, use and enjoyment of this and future generations. Founded in 1985, the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust has permanently protected over 770 acres spanning 29 properties. CELT is a member of the  Maine Farmland Trust, the Maine Land Trust Network, and is accredited by the national Land Trust Alliance. Paint for Preservation is the largest fundraiser for the organization each year.
For more information, please visit www.capelandtrust.org or call (207) 767-6054.

Press Contact:
Patty Renaud
Cape Elizabeth Land Trust

Monday, November 4, 2019


PAPME is on page two of the Oil Painters of America newsletter, "BRUSHSTROKES".
It highlights the Paint Out we participated in on September 4.

if you are a member of OPA you probably have received your issue by now. If not you can go to this link and see the event.


When Exciting Things Happen
A reporter called Corinne and asked to interview her for an article for Maine Home Boats and Harbors. 
Here is the link if you would like to read it.


Sunday, September 8, 2019


What a great day we Plein Air Painters of Maine and friends had painting at 
the OPA Great Paint Out !!!.

It started out nice and sunny then it turned windy and chilly in the afternoon but we painters are hardy folk. So most of us stayed on until late afternoon.

click on image to see it larger

FRONT ROW left to right Olena Babak, Roberta Goschke, Thomas Adkins, Penny Markley, Candy McKellar, Alison Biddle, Ed Buonvecchio, Liliana Thelander, Tony van Hasselt, Ken Harvey

BACK ROW Elienne Basa, Charlotte Thibault, Brad Betts, Peter Yesis, Corinne McIntyre, Rick Reinert, Jonathan Eiten, Fran Scannell, George Van Hook, Jack Miller, Suzanne Marinell, Marcia Annenberg

NOT SHOWN Judy Conlan, Claudette Gamache, Stephan Giannini, Carole Palmer and June Racine 

photo by Betsy Betts

Thursday, September 5, 2019



SEPTEMBER 14, 2019

Westbrook Arts & Culture will hold our 5th annual citywide Plein Air event on Saturday, September 14, 2019 (rain date September 15).

This year’s event includes two $400 purchase prizes.

Paint Westbrook will be hosted by Westbrook Arts & Culture, Discover Downtown Westbrook, and
Continuum For Creativity, LLC.

Painters will pre-register for this event by emailing the following information to: westbrookartsculture@gmail.com name, address, phone, email, website. Please use subject heading Paint Westbrook for all registrations. There will be a $10 registration fee for this event, payable to Westbrook Arts and Culture. 

Open to painters in all wall hung media. 

Continuum For Creativity will host an exhibition of the work created at Paint Westbrook from September 14 through October 12, and will charge a 30% commission on all gallery sales. There will be a public opening reception for the artists from 5-7pm on September 14 at Continuum. 

Westbrook has a variety of scenes to paint: downtown buildings, Presumpscot River, Riverbank Park, rural farms, paper mill industrial buildings, historic Dana Warp Mill, Walker Memorial Library, and more.

Any questions?
Please email westbrookartsculture@gmail.com.
Registration open now. Register by Monday September 9 to get the free lunch.