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Plein-Air Painters of America

PO Box 32270, Santa Fe, NM 87594; susanhmcgarry@pleinairpaintersofamerica.com,


The  Plein-Air Painters of America set the stage for today’s plein-air groups. Its  inaugural exhibition in 1986 took place on Catalina Island, CA. During that and succeeding exhibitions on Catalina, PAPA artists painted for a week prior to the opening event, exhibiting their “wet paintings” at the Catalina Art Association, which hosted the annual exhibition through 1997. In 1998 the nonprofit Society for the Advancement of Plein Air Painting was formed and served as the exhibition host in Catalina through 2003.

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