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Plein-Air Painters of America Exhibition
Celebrating Nature
 Exhibition runs through Monday October 14th
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Douglas Andelin

Kenn Backhaus

Mitch Baird

Christopher Blossom

John Budicin

John Burton

G. Russell Case

Lorenzo Chavez

Len Chmeil

John Cosby

Gil Dellinger

Donald Demers

 Kathleen Dunphy

Andy Evansen

Gay Faulkenberry

Lynn Gertenbach

Tom Hughes

Eric Jacobsen

Jean Legassick

Robert Lemler

Joseph McGurl

Jim McVicker

James Morgan

Ned Mueller


Billyo O'Donnell

Ralph Oberg

Jean Perry

Jesse Powell

Ron Rencher

Randy Sexton

Frank Serrano

 Matt Smith

Kathryn Stats

Linda Tippetts

Dan Young 

Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA)

Est. 1986 ~ The Original Society of Outdoor Painters

Mission Statement
To promote the tradition of painting the landscape directly from life,
while providing members and others the opportunities to expand their knowledge through shared experience, extraordinary workshops, and public exhibitions.

A Brief Statement
Members of PAPA believe that ‘plein air’ is nothing more than painting from life, utilizing direct observation to gather information, along with responding visually and emotionally to the subject at hand. For us, the final measure of a good painting is not whether it was executed entirely outdoors but whether it reflects the artist and withstands the test of time. –John Budicin, PAPA president, 2005-07

Founded in 1986 by artist Denise Burns, on Catalina Island, California the Plein-Air Painters of America
began as a small group of artists dedicated to painting from life. For the first two decades, PAPA held annual paint-outs followed by an exhibition, in Avalon on Catalina. This format, unique at the time, has given birth to countless similar groups and events across the country.

In 2007, PAPA expanded its format to include exhibitions in museums and art centers to emphasize the importance of field studies in the process of making studio paintings. Most of PAPA exhibitions are documented in catalogues.

PAPA members are seasoned outdoor painters and consider some of the best teachers of the genre today, conducting workshops throughout the country and internationally. PAPA also collaborates with Streamline Premium Art Videos to produce instructional videos that are indispensable learning tools.

Matt Smith, President
Jill Carver, Len Chmiel, Joseph McGurl, Dan Young, Vice Presidents
Ralph Oberg, Treasurer
Mark Rittorno, Secretary

Signature Membership in the Plein-Air Painters of America recognizes superiority in the technique of painting on location, and honors the individual artist's professional standing in the art community. There is no application process for joining PAPA. The path to membership starts by being invited to join PAPA members as a guest artist. Guest artists are nominated by the members of PAPA, then asked to join the group at the next paint out event. Artists who have been invited and attended at least two events are then eligible to be nominated for membership.

Unsolicited submissions for Signature Membership or Guest Artist status
are not being considered at this time.

Please contact one of our signature members if you are interested in being considered for membership.

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Gallery Hours - Mon-Sat 11am to 5pm - Sunday Noon to 4pm 

The Waterhouse Gallery specializing in Plein-air landscape, figurative
and still life paintings by leading California artists.

Waterhouse Gallery has a fine selection of Original Oil and
Watercolor Paintings by award winning artists from Santa Barbara
and across the USA, Canada & Europe.

* The Waterhouse Gallery does not purchase artwork.
* The Waterhouse Gallery gives appraisals only on pieces previously purchased from the gallery.


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