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.


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Monday, July 8, 2019


PAPME/OPA Great Paint Out 
September 4, 2019, 8 AM to 4:30 PM 

Grimes Cove/Ocean Point

RAIN DATE September 11
From U.S. Route 1 take Route 27 south for 10 miles. At the traffic lights (Hannaford supermarket on right)  take a left. (This is now Route 96) Drive approx. six miles until you come to the ocean. You have reached Grimes Cove/Shore Road. You will see all the painters by the sea. There is a parking lot on the left just before Grimes Cove. You can also park on the shore road in front of the Cove. Please park in designated areas only.

Description of Location:
The Ocean/Waves/Lobster Boats/Islands/A Lighthouse/Seagulls/Rocky Coast/Summer Cottages/Seaweed/Flotsam and Jetsam; 3⁄4 mile of a shoreline

Special Instructions: Bring Lunch/Water/Heavy Sweater or Jacket/Bug Spray/Sun Block/Painting Gear with Umbrella/Snacks/$$$ for food if you want to go to a restaurant. Follow signs for parking. We’ll be painting all along Shore Road. 

Restaurants: Lobsterman's Wharf/General Store (delicious food)/ Boathouse Bistro/Boothbay Lobster Wharf.

Lodging: Ocean Point Inn 633-4200, Five Gables Inn 633-4551 

Questions: opstudio@roadrunner.com or Tel: 633-3990
Just think Artists from all over the country will be painting at their Great Paint Outs also! You can see the photos of us from last year on the OPA website under "Great Paint Outs”  http://www.oilpaintersofamerica.com 

See you there!

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