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 six Chapters with over 471 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 great.

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 the 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 cmcintyrepaintings@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ed Buonvecchio to Participate in Ocean Park Festival

PAPME member, Ed Buonvecchio,  edbuonvecchio.com will be one of 8 artists participating at the Ocean Park Plein Air Festival for the second year. The painting competition starts July 15-17 with a "Meet the Artist" event July 14. 
Good Luck Ed!

Ocean Park is a summer assembly, a Chautauqua style community, that will be celebrating its 135th year in 2015. It is about ½ mile wide and ½ mile long. It is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean (Saco Bay) in the east and a stand of 100+ feet tall hemlock trees, known as Guild Park in the west. Its southern boundary is The Goosefare Brook and home to a Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge. On the north, Tunis Ave marks the end of Ocean Park as it blends in to Old Orchard Beach. For a better view, visit Ocean Park using Google Earth. To get a better idea of what Ocean Park is to its people check out Friends of Ocean Park, Maine on Facebook.
July 14: Meet the Artists ........Porter Hall from 5:00-6:30 pm Come and meet the artists who will be painting throughout Ocean Park this week. 
July 17: Judging at the Temple 1:00 pm Philip Frey of Ellsworth will judge the artists on their final work.
July 17: Wet Paint Sale at the Temple 5:00-7:00pm Come to the Temple and make your one-of-a-kind purchase of Ocean Park scenes! Cash, checks made out to The Ocean Park Association, or credit cards will be accepted for all purchases.

Ed Buonvecchio to Have Solo Show

PAPME Member Ed Buonvecchio is having a solo show at Winter Harbor Public Library from Saturday, July 18 through August 8, 2015. The Opening Reception is on Saturday, July 18, 2-4 at 18 Chapel Lane, Winter Harbor Maine.
The Winter Harbor Library is open Wednesday, 12-4, Friday 10-4 

Feel free to post the poster below.   

Sunday, April 5, 2015


Registration is still open for the 1st Annual Bucksport Arts Festival on Saturday, August 15th from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  We are almost to the halfway mark, so please sign up today to save your space!  

The festival will be held on the waterfront walkway along Main Street in Bucksport.  The walkway is a beautiful location framed by views of Penobscot Bay, Fort Knox, and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.  We're located just 30 minutes from Bangor, Belfast, and Ellsworth--the perfect location to capture summer tourist traffic. 

We'll be joined by delicious food vendors and a bluegrass band for all to enjoy.  Rain or shine, we'll be planning for a big crowd!

Registration is only $60 for a 10' x 10' booth space.  Fine artists and craftspeople of all types are encouraged to apply.  We have a excellent mix of artists so far, including fiber, painting, drawing, jewelry, and photography!

To apply, visit http://www.bacasmaine.org/bucksportartsfestival.html.  You can also visit our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BucksportArtsFestival to see some of the artists who have registered to date. 

I hope you'll join us.  Please feel free to contact me at 852-9570 with any questions that you may have.

Best wishes,
Lyndsey Marston

Festival Coordinator and Artist

Friday, March 27, 2015

DAVID LUSSIER To Teach a Workshop in Ogunquit

PAPME member, David Lussier will be teaching a workshop this August in Ogunquit. For all you Southern Maine painters this is a great opportunity.

OGUNQUIT, MAINE   AUGUST 26 - 28, 2015   $400
Contact info:  tmbonita@gmail.com   (603) 819-9100
For more information go to: www.ogunquitartcolony.com

Monday, March 23, 2015

PAPME Member MIKEL WINTERMANTEL C.M. to have Painting on Copper Workshop

PAPME Member, Mikel WinterMantel C.M. has announced his Painting on Copper Workshop. Below are the particulars.

OGUNQUIT, MAINE (AUGUST 19 - 21, 2015  ($375) 
Contact Info:   tmbonita@gmail.com (603) 819-9100
Info on website: www.ogunquitartcolony.com

Sunday, March 15, 2015

THREE PAPME MEMBERS in Bayview Gallery Exihibit

PAPME members Mary Byrom, Lennie Mullaney and Felicity Sidwell are in Bayview Gallery's first exhibit of the season “Local Color 2015”.  Shaking off the winter doldrums by featuring paintings by four artists with strong ties to mid-coast Maine, Local Color 2015 will showcase the alla prima work of Mary Byrom, the luscious pastels and oils of Sally Loughridge, the luminous landscapes of Lennie Mullaney and the boldly brushed oils of Felicity Sidwell. 
Help welcome spring with an Opening Reception for the artists on Friday, April 10th from 5 to 7 PM at the gallery in Brunswick - 58 Maine Street, Brunswick, Maine.  The gallery is wheelchair accessible, with parking in the rear of the building and on Maine Street.
The exhibit will run from April 1 to May 2, 2015.  For more information, please call the gallery at 800-244-3007 or via email at art@bayviewgallery.com.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


George Van Hook, a really good painter and teacher, has agreed to do a two day plein air workshop for us this coming fall, September 4th and 5th.

The class size will be small (no more than 12) so that George can give his undivided attention.

The cost for George's workshop is $275 for the two days. 
To see his work on the web go to
He will also be teaching at the Plein Air Convention in California this April. So we are lucky to have him on the east coast too.

There are already 3 students lined up so after we get 9 more we will have to close it. We will have a waiting list too. 

If you are interested and want to sign up just email opstudio@roadrunner.com and we will send you the particulars.

This article about George Van Hook was in the Outdoor Painter magazine recently.  http://www.outdoorpainter.com/tips/spotlight-on-pace-faculty-george-van-hook-and-hopping-coasts.html

Monday, January 12, 2015

PAPME Member KEN HARVEY in Biennial Exhibition

PAPME Member Ken Harvey has had a painting accepted into the open juried Biennial Exhibition showing at the Atrium Art Gallery at the University of Southern Maine, 51 Westminster Street, Lewiston, ME. The opening reception is Friday, January 16, from 6-8 pm. Ken would love to see you or any other members of PAPME there. Congratulations, Ken!

Sunday, January 4, 2015


Mary Byrom, Our Southern Chapter Organizer, is teaching a 2015 Winter Class. Mary is a great teacher and painter.

2015 WINTER CLASS ~ “PAINTING WITH CONFIDENCE” ~ Level:  Beginner to Intermediate
Class Description:  Learn to paint with confidence. This class is for painters who enjoy painting and want to improve their skills. Individual development will be nurtured. You will learn how handle challenging situations and become skilled at painting in the studio and/or en plein air. In the studio we will paint and practice exercises that specifically focus on refining our handling of paint and how to create the effects we want. We will learn how to mix and paint with fresh, clean color and how the use of form, line, value and temperature is important. We will learn how to make decisions and choices to keep our painting process on track. We will learn how to critique our own paintings and use memory exercises that will improve our painting. Students at all levels of painting will be able to improve through this process.  If you need to purchase paint and brushes for class please contact me.
Beginner and Intermediate painters are welcome.
Mary Byrom
102 Wells Street
North Berwick, ME 03906


Friday, December 19, 2014


Bill Tomsa has been busy this holiday season! He has 3 paintings in the Yarmouth Frame and Gallery Holiday group show. www.YarmouthFrameAndGallery.com .... and he has 2 small abstracts in the Precious Things show at Lyceum Gallery in Lewiston. http://www.lyceumgallery.com/BlogWay to go Bill!

PAPME Hosts Workshop

<George Van Hook.jpg>Next summer (date to come) PAPME will be hosting a workshop for George Van Hook in East Boothbay. You can see his work at Roux & Cyr Gallery, 48 Free Street in Portland, ME starting December 27. For more information call 207-575-7787 or go to their website at www.rouxandcyrgallery.com  

Sunday, November 23, 2014

PAPME SHOW A SUCCESS Article in Boothbay Register

The PAPME Show was a success. The opening reception was well attended. Thanks to all who participated in any way. You made it possible.
To see the great article that the Boothbay Register posted about us go to this link

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sandy Dolan Juried into Harlow Gallery Show

One of Sandy Dolan's plein air oil paintings, "Katahdin-Maynard's View" 24"x24"  was juried into the November show at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell.
The show is called "Inspired by Katahdin." The jurors were David and Carl Little. The show will run November 7-29There are some very inspiring works by 47 artists to be seen in this show. And Sandy's is one of them! 

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Hosted by
Boothbay Region Art Foundation

November 13 to November 25
Thursday through Sunday 10-5 pm

Opening reception Friday, November 14

Submit up to two works painted en plein air
(85% of the painting must have been painted on location) 
Fee is $15/commission 35% 
Tuesday, November 11 from 9am to 7pm
Wednesday, November 12 from 9am to 12 noon

For more information
Sally Smith 633-2710

June at 633-2703

PAPME Well Represented in Art In ME Show

Out of 130 pieces accepted into the Art In ME Show, forty-nine (49) pieces were accepted from thirty one (31) PAPME members!  Congratulations Debra Arter, Harry Beskind, Geoff Bladon, John Butke, Maddie Lou Chapin, Dan Corey, Cheryl Dahn, June Elderkin, Barbara Eldred, Virginia Forest, Kathleen Fox, Claudette Gamache, Sandra Griffin, Ellen Hutcheson, Carol Jessen, Sue Kibbe, Jean Kigel, Laurie Proctor-Lefebvre, Jennifer Litchfield, Mark Mellor, Ian Orman, Ellen Pelletier, Lea Peterson, Julian Sacks, Felicity Sidwell, Joyce Steel, Gwen Sylvester, Bill Tomsa, Tony van Hasselt, Luise van Keuren.

Friday, September 19, 2014


This year the OPA Great Paint Out in East Boothbay on September 10, 2014 was attended by both the Plein Air Painters of Maine (PAPME) and the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAPSE). The Southeast painters travelled very long distances (Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina etc.) to join us for the event. 
The weather was beautiful. The temperature perfect. Everyone had a great time. They would like to do it again next year. In fact we spent the whole week painting together and had a pizza party after the Paint Out!
There were 53 painters in all. What a week!!!!

Front row: Jane Chapin, Pam Padgett, Candy McKellar, Luise van Keuren, Ken Harvey, Bob Grant, Midge Coleman, Greg Laderer, Judy Pumfrey, Barbara Barclay, Helen St. Clair, Kathleen Billis, Corinne McIntyre, Diane Dubreuil
Second Row: Julian Sacks, Tom Whittle, Penny Markley, Pat Zolper, Dawn Whitelaw  Felicity Sidwell, Larry Pumfrey, Bobbi Heath, Anne Blair Brown, Paula Frizbe, Gwen Nagle, George Hayes
Third Row: Mitch Billis, Gene Klink, Ken Carlson, Geoff Bladon, Suzanne Marinell, Dan Graziano, Anne Self, Rick Reinert, Kevin Menck, Sarah Greenier, Tom Greenier, Ian Orman, Bill Farnsworth, Rich Nelson, Stephan Giannini, Scott Boyle
Not Shown: Kathy Baribeau, Brad Betts, John Caggiano, Margaret Canepa,  Andre Lucero, Larry Moore, Gail Morrison, Colin Page, Diane Randlett, Brett Weaver, Peter Yesis

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DIANNE HORTON Receives an Honorable Mention

PAPME Member, Dianne Horton was thrilled to receive an Honorable Mention at the first annual Juried Art Show during an Award Ceremony and Reception on August 16 at the Belfast Free Library. The show is currently hanging in the Barbara Kramer Gallery until the end of this month.. The exhibit is sponsored by Hospice Volunteers of  Waldo County. Eighty pieces of art work were submitted and twenty-six were selected to exhibit. 

A complete slideshow of all jury-selected work plus a biography of all the artists plus images of the winning selections is online now at  www.hospicevolunteersofwaldocounty.org 

Congratulations Dianne!

Saturday, August 23, 2014


PAPME member Midge Coleman is having a solo show of seventeen paintings
at the Pemaquid Watershed Association offices at 15 Courtyard Street, Damariscotta (above and behind the Salt Bay Restaurant).
The opening reception is on Friday, August 29th from 4:30-5:30 pm. The show runs through August 25 to October 3rd and the gallery (second floor) is open weekdays from 9:30-4:30 pm.
Good Luck, Midge!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


It is that time of year again when PAPME will have the OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA GREAT PAINT OUT at Grimes Cove! 

This year it is going to be in coordination with the PLEIN AIR PAINTERS OF THE SOUTHEAST (PAPSE) who are coming up to paint with us for a week like they did last year. 

I thought I would let you know early so you could make your plans.
Here are the dates and locations for the paint outs. You will receive directions to each place as the time draws near.

Monday, September 8---Hendricks Head Lighthouse and Beach on Southport Island
Tuesday, September 9—Barrett Park, Boothbay
Wednesday, September 10--Grimes Cove, East Boothbay (This day's paint out will be in coordination with the Oil Painters of America Great Paint Out.) 

Thursday, September 11—Knickercane Island, Boothbay
Friday, September 12—Shipbuilders Park 

Should be a wonderful experience for everyone.

BILL TOMSA in Four Shows!

PAPME Member, Bill Tomsa has been a busy man these days.Not only did he and his wife, Gloria put together an 18 piece exhibit at the new Unitarian Universalist Church in Brunswick on a 24 hour request. (A personal record for putting together a show.), but he has been gallery sitting  at the Sebascodegan Artists Gallery. 
Here are the other shows he is in during the month of August....Busy busy man.
Painitings by Alan Mast and Bill Tomsa    Unitarian Universalist Church 1 Middle Street, Brunswick, ME  Now until end of August  Call for summer hours 207.729.8515
Sebascodegan Artists Gallery  Rt. 24 Harpwell, ME  Second exhibit of the season opens Tuesday, July 29 thru end of August  Open daily 10-5pm July/August
The Maritime Show (group show) at Maine Coast Artist Gallery Friendship, ME now thru August 2
Boothbay Region Arts Foundation (BRAF) group members show Boothbay Harbor  Ongoing monthly