Sunday, October 21, 2007

IPAP Member - Clive Pates -Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art continuing exhibit

“The Will to Endure”

Contemporary landscape paintings from the South, the Southwest and Great Britain will be exhibited at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi. Exhibit runs Oct. 5-Nov. 23.

The artists are: Clive Pates, Guest Curator, Gulfport, Mississippi; Gerald DeLoach of Alligator, Mississippi; Graham Giles of Suffolk, England; the late Bruce McGrew of Oracle, Arizona; James Cook of Tucson, Arizona; and George Thurmond of Starkville, Mississippi.

A major landscape painting show featuring the best in contemporary work from two continents opens October 5 at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. Called “The Will to Endure”, the exhibit pays homage to the eternal beauty and challenges of nature and the ways in which artists interpret their immediate landscapes. Guest curator for the exhibit is Clive Pates of Gulfport, who studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the New York Academy of Art, and who has worked and painted in Great Britain and the United States. Pates, whose work will be included in this six-man show, is an accomplished artist whose essay is in a book accompanying this exhibit.

While the Ohr-O’Keefe museum concentrates on ceramic art, other art forms including painting are also often explored. Pates comments in his introduction to “The Will to Endure”: “Just over a year ago the director of the Ohr Museum asked me to curate a show from my own perspective as a 'Plein-Air’ landscape painter. As an internationally-based artist, I soon became aware of the possibilities this show could represent ~ giving me the opportunity to bring together a diverse selection of artists’ work that would bear witness to both the relevance and endurance of landscape painting... One thing can be said, within all movements and ism’s, when painting comes from the heart, and taps into this fundamental emotional energy, something truly exciting and memorable happens.”

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art is located at 1596 Glenn Swetman St., Biloxi, Mississippi, (228) 374-5547, Admission is free; small fee for guided group tours. Additional information can be found at

Many of the works in the show will be available for purchase, and a new color catalog of the works will also be sold both at the museum and online. The reception and artist’s talk on Oct. 5 is open to the public. For more information, call the museum at (228) 374-5547. The exhibit is underwritten by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and by Dr. and Mrs. Todd Moore of Mobile.
J.R. Baldini
International Plein Air Painters

Friday, October 19, 2007

Happy 6th Birthday IPAP !

6 years ago, on the tail of 9-11, International Plein Air Painters was founded.

The idea was one that needed to happen and with the events of that autumn, there was no more procrastinating. ..

We continue to grow in accomplishment and commitment to the plein aire tradition.2007 marked the beginning of the World Tour of Contemporary Landscape Artists with an inaugural exhibit at the Karpeles Museum in Newburgh, NY, headed by IPAP Signature Member and Regional Ambassador Linda Richichi with co hosts Karl Leitzel and J.R. Baldini.
The Tour then headed on to St. Augustine Gallery in Florida.
2008 will see a new segment of the Tour with IPAP/LAI members eligible for jurying into the tour.

Questions can be addressed to Linda Richichi and Co Director Julie Houck who took on the position later this summer.

Paul Sherman assumed the head position with the IPAP Advisory Panel, that has been the backbone of IPAP and does the jurying for Signature members.
Advisory Panel members
Sharon Allen
Chris Corey
Sylvio Gagnon
Brenda Hofreiter
Julie Houck
Chuck Marshall
Paul Sherman
Jim Southerland

Brandy Gale assumed the position of Head Ambassador when Kathryn A. McMahon stepped down, due to time restraints.
Regional Ambassadors
Nancy Albrecht
Tejada Alfonso
Pierre Bouret
Val Carson
Brandy Gale
Mike Mallory
Gloria Margouleff
Kathryn A. McMahon
Alcina Nolley
Barbara Perrotti
Daniel Reed
Eve Reed
Gail Ribas
Linda Richichi
Dorothy Schildknecht
Susie Short
Robert Stem
Marilyn Witt

And Charter Members of IPAP from 2001
supporting us for the past 6 years
Emmi Andersen
J. Baldini
Ted Beardsley
Steve Beaubien
Byron Carr
Phil Chadwick
Adam Cope
Christian Corey
Marjorie Crain
Annika Farmer
Mike Mallory
Elaine Pelosi
Gail Ribas
Susie Short

In 2002, the first Worldwide Paint Out was established, with groups registering individually and painting in different locations around the globe.
We just held the 5th Worldwide Paint Out in September 2007. The purpose was to raise awareness of plein air painting and to connect plein air painters, as well as market a means of getting publicity for individuals and groups in their locale, by tying into the worldwide event.IPAP now mails out a newsletter to all members 4 times annually.
The times are approximate according to what news is in our office. Advertising for members is nominal.

2007 also saw a new BLOG for IPAP, headed by blogmaster Brandy Gale. Please keep us informed of your comings, goings, awards, etc. Send info to ipapblog@gmail. com

As we start our 7th year, I encourage each of you to become a bit more involved in IPAP , so we can all help each other...ipapmail@yahoo. com and take advantage of the uniqueness of belonging to an international organization.

Happy 6th Birthday IPAP !

Thank You all

Monday, October 15, 2007

Plein Air Painters - Local Color - the movie

This info came in awhile ago but, the timing put it in unanswered email for me.
I did look at the trailer and the movie is 'moving' - artist or not.

I hope to be able to see the entire movie - screening now just in AZ.

New Movie "Local Color"

George Gallo, writer, director and fellow painter invites you to attend a free screening of his new film, LOCAL COLOR. To get free tickets, pick them up at Scottsdale Artists' School or visit the website at:
Click on ATTEND A FREE SCREENING on the top of the page.
LOCAL COLOR is about a successful artist who looks back with loving memories on the summer of his defining year, 1974. A talented, but troubled eighteen-year old art student befriends an elderly alcoholic genius painter who has turned his back on not only art, but life. The two form what appears to be at first a tenuous relationship. The kid wants to learn all the secrets the master has locked away inside his head and heart. Time has not been kind to the old master. His life appears pointless to him until the kid rekindles his interest in his work and ultimately gives him the will to live. Together, they give one another a priceless gift. The kid learns to see the world through the master's eyes. And the master learns to see life through the eyes of innocence again. LOCAL COLOR is based on director George Gallo's real life experience.
World-renowned painter, Richard Schmid says, "Without a doubt, the strength of the insights in the film are due to the fact that George Gallo, besides writing and directing LOCAL COLOR, is an accomplished painter in his own right."
Theater owner Dan Harkins personally selected the film to open at Harkins Camelview in Scottsdale.
Additionally, George will be in attendance at the screening to host a special post Q&A with the audience.
Our goal is to get this film out to those who will appreciate the film's stunning artistic images and George's message about mentorship in the artistic community.
Currently the following dates (see below) are available to attend a free screening, all screenings will take place at Harkins Camelview 5 (located across from Scottsdale Fashion Square) and would love to have you join us.
SCREENING DATES:Tuesday, October 16th, 7pmWednesday, October 17th, 7pmThursday, October 18th, 7pm
LOCAL COLOR opens exclusively at Harkins Camelview 5 on Friday, October 19th!
To see a trailer on the film please visit:
We hope to see you at the movies...

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Feature Artist - October 2007 Doug Martin

Doug’s paintings are the expressions of his reactions to the intensity, subtlety and wonders of this amazing world. “If I can bring enough of the “feeling” of a place to my viewers they can, in their mind, fill in those details that impressionistic painting leaves open to individual interpretation. And it’s just those details that personalize a piece of art and allow each viewer to participate in “finishing” the piece thus making their experience with the painting unique.”