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.


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Thursday, November 30, 2017

PAPME Member SUZANNE deLESSEPS Shows at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Suzanne's  show,  A Glimpse of Winter, is at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, ME. 

Suzanne writes:
"This exhibit is all about winter! It's so unusual and such a treat to have a show devoted entirely to winter paintings. A big Thank You! to Vanessa Nesvig, Interpretation and Exhibits Coordinator, for this wonderful opportunity.

I love painting winter! Warmth in the light; cool blues and purples in the shadows. Muted colors of leafless branches and dried grasses coupled with crisp blue skies. A refreshing change from the greens of summer and brilliant colors of fall. Pastel is particularly expressive for winter scenes, allowing great delicacy and subtlety in color and texture. Oils give a juiciness to snow covered surfaces - rooftops and frozen streams. I love painting winter!

This show of 8 oil and pastel paintings is on view in the Resource Room of the Visitor Center and takes place in conjunction with the Gardens Aglow event, November 17 - December 31, 2017. Hundreds of thousands of lights are strung throughout the upper gardens in a dramatic array of color and light. You may order tickets online. Hours are Thursdays-Sundays, 4-9 pm. (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.) http://MaineGardens.org

Make no mistake, winter is coming, so get out and enjoy it!

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