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.

Friday, May 16, 2014


On August 1-3, join Tony van Hasselt, A.W.S. for three full days of  plein air watercolor fun right in the Boothbay area.  The event is sponsored by and for the benefit of The Boothbay Region Art Foundation. Your total tuition donation of $375.00 benefits the Art Foundation. 

During morning demonstrations, Tony will show his on location methods and what to look for in selecting a scene.  Next he will teach you the logical steps in completing the painting. Then it is your turn to find a subject and have a go at it, with Tony's individual assistance throughout the day.  Bring a lunch, your own easel or borrow one from the Art Foundation. New to the watercolor medium? Give it a try. Tony’s logical steps make it easier than you think.
At the end of each day, a group critique is held in the Art Foundation studio. Tony not only talks about suggested improvements, but often paints them right onto an acetate sheet placed over the work. Your own painting is never touched. In case of inclement weather, indoor sessions are held in our studio and introduce more advanced methods as well as adding incidental figures into a scene. 
This class is limited in size, so sign up early. For more information call Jerri Whitman at 207-779-6277.  Checks should be made payable to BRAF and mailed to Jerri at 900 Gardiner Road, Dresden, ME 04342. 

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