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 572 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 cmcintyrepaintings@gmail.com.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


PAPME member Tony van Hasselt AWS  will be the featured artist at the Southport Memorial Library during September and October. The show is called “HERE AND THERE EN PLEIN AIR".

Tony is a well known watercolorist who loves to travel and paint on location. Often seen in action at Boothbay’s farmers market, he refers to nature as his ”Studio without walls”.  On display at the library, are local scenes, as well as subjects from the artist’s travels in the US and abroad.  Featuring an impressionistic style with clear, deft strokes, his subjects tell a visual story with emphasis on strong patterns of light and shade, so the viewer may share in its excitement of color and form.

He is an elected signature member of the American Watercolor Society.  His watercolors and teaching methods have been featured in several books, magazines and DVD presentations. On a year-round basis, the artist teaches watercolor workshops in this country and abroad. 

Through September and October, the exhibit may be viewed during library hours, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm. Gallery representatives are the Boothbay Harbor Framers Gallery and Coco Vivo Fine Art in Boothbay and Charleston, South Carolina. 

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