Thursday, January 31, 2008


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - World Tour of Contemporary Landscape Painters


Contact: Michael Chesley Johnson Director

Far and Near Horizons



Applications deadline extended to Feb 12, 2008

Feature Artist February 2008 - Nancy Albrecht

Wide-spread recognition has come to Nancy Albrecht’s paintings with three awards at the Cedarburg Wisconsin Plein Air Festival in 2006, Best of Show at Next Picture Show Gallery’s Art & Architecture Exhibit, and a sell-out solo show at the prestigious University Club of Chicago Gallery in January 2007. Her work was described by Chicago writer Robert Kameczura as having “…strong geometry, bold paint surfaces, lyric details and optimistic strength.” Active in the Plein Air Painters of Chicago. Signature Member of International Plein Air Painters, and associate member of Landscape Artists International, this urban landscape painter recharges her batteries by painting in rural areas and small towns across the country. A catalog of her work can be found on her website, and on She is represented by the prestigious Lotton Gallery on Michigan Avenue in Chicago (go to ) and a lifetime Artist Member of the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago.

Artists around the world who find themselves in Chicago and want to paint-out with a group, are invited to go to the blog at any Thursday to find out where the group will paint the following Saturday from 8:30 to noon. Every artist is welcome and it is free!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Plein Air Painting in France workshop - member Julie Houck

14 day Plein Air Painting Trip to Southern France
Julie Houck

September 13-27th, 2008
14 day trip to the Languedoc region of southern France.
Lodging at Montfaucon, a restored maison d'maitre on the River Aude
Fee of $3,200 includes
instruction, lodging (DO), all breakfasts, dinners with wine,
transportation to painting and cultural sites as well as transport to
Montfaucon from Toulouse or Caracssonne.
Space is limited to 8 painters.
To reserve contact Julie Houck, julie@juliehouckcom.
Signature Member IPAP
Signature Member Plein Air Painters of Hawaii
Inaugural Exhibit Far and Near World Tour
Julie Houck Studio
PO Box 791644
Paia, HI 96779
(808) 873-0597
Plein Air Landscapes and Still Life
Maui Plein Air Workshop, February 2008
Plein Air in Montfaucon, France, September 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - World Tour of Contemporary Landscape Painters


Contact: Michael Chesley Johnson Director

Far and Near Horizons



Contemporary Landscape Artists Seek to Create Environmental Awareness and Stewardship of the Land as well as Further Appreciation for Landscape Painting
The world tour “Far and Near Horizons” is an international art exhibit organized by two of the world’s foremost contemporary Landscape Painting groups – Landscape Artists International (LAI) and International Plein Air Painters (IPAP).

“The mission of the tour is to act as a bridge between countries of the world to foster environmental awareness,” says “Far and Near" founder Linda Richichi. “The art on the canvas becomes a universal language and acts as an ambassador between different cultures. Art is a bridge, bringing us together.”

This unique gathering of Plein Air and Landscape artists from around the globe features 18 signature and charter members (expanding to 30 juried artists in 2008) who currently represent five countries. IPAP specializes in Landscape Paintings done entirely en plein air (outside), while LAI members paint landscapes in both plein air and studio settings. While the outlooks and temperaments are slightly different, the commonality of all the artists involved is a passion for painting nature’s landscape.

“As artists,” states Michael Chesley Johnson, Director, “there’s a reason why we paint the landscape and not the figure, still life or some other subject. The landscape feeds our creative fire. Thankful for its inspiration, we are eager to see that it gets taken care of. And the best way to see that it gets taken care of is to put it on display for the entire world to see. Our hope is that our paintings will encourage others to become stewards of the land – just as we have become its promoters.”

The Far and Near Horizons World Tour launched its tour in June 2007 at the Karpeles Museum in Newburg, NY, and St. Augustine Gallery in St. Augustine, FL, and plans several stops in the 2008-2009 seasons.
Cities currently scheduled are: Door County, WI (April-May),
Estes Park, CO (June-July),
Qualicum Beach, Vancouver, BC, Canada (July-August) and
Terrace Gallery, Orlando, FL (Sept 2008-January 2009).

"We are excited to bring this caliber of work to Colorado," notes Lynda S. Vogel, Executive Director of the Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park, "and at the same time, honored to be part of their world wide mission using visual arts as the medium. As a gateway community to Rocky Mountain National Park, we have presented previous exhibitions that exemplify land stewardship and preservation through national tours like ARTS for the PARKS. We are grateful to work with IPAP and LAI and hope the public will join us this summer as we unveil Far and Near Horizons in Colorado."

Far and Near Horizons is made possible by generous assistance from art lovers and stewards of the land alike. Current sponsors are AirFloat Systems, ArtFrames, Golden Artists Colors, Jack Richeson and Co. and Dick Blick Art Materials. Throughout the history of humankind, the arts have only thrived in cultures that have appreciated and supported them as a thing of intrinsic value and significance. Individuals and corporations who count artists or art collectors among your clients or wish to further promote stewardship of natural landscapes, Far and Near Horizons welcomes monetary support to help with advertisement and administrative costs, as well as goods and services such as shipping, printing and gift certificates. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Karl Eric Leitzel, Sponsor Coordinator, at 814.404.2043 or via email at
About International Plein Air Painters – International Plein Air Painters (IPAP) is a blanket organization created for the sole purpose of advancing the execution and enjoyment of plein air painting without the restrictions and limitations of borders or regions. For more information, visit
About Landscape Artists International – LAI is a collective effort by member artists from around the globe to increase the appreciation of landscape-oriented art by people of all walks of life, and to promote the careers of the member artists. The organization debuted online with 12 charter members representing seven countries. In less than a year, LAI has grown to more than 200 members representing at least 20 countries.

For more information about the World Tour of Contemporary Landscape Artists – Far and Near Horizons, visit

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

IPAP member News - L. Diane Johnson

Art Business Academy Seminar
FINE ARTISTS are invited to participate in the Art Marketing for the Marketing-Challenged Artist seminar offered by the Art Business Academy. Doug Johnson, well-known for his marketing and business development savvy along with will be bringing the two-day workshop along with me, to the Raleigh, NC area in February 2008.Click here for complete details and agenda.For more about the Art Business Academy, visit the main page.Many artists have developed successful art businesses as a result of attending this exciting and enriching event. Learn the fundamentals of conducting a business as well as specifics about marketing unique to artists.I hope you can join us!

Monday, January 7, 2008



Please see all info at

Only 12 artists will be juried to fill the tour to 30 artists for the 2008-2009 TOUR
Listen to an audio interview explaining the
World Tour of Contemporary Landscape Artists

Saturday, January 5, 2008

"Paint the town"

Paint The Town in St Pete

Paint The Town Annual "PAINT THE TOWN" plein air painting competition-
April 10-12, 2008 in St. Petersburg, Fl.
Deadline for juried entry is extended until Feb. 15, 2008.
Call to Artist previously posted on Sunday, December 2, 2007. Please note corrected SASE address is: SPRAA, Inc., PO Box 76543, St.Petersburg, Fl 33734-6543. Or contact:

Plein Air Groups

International Plein Air Painters
Alla Prima International
Art Renewal Center
Chestnut Group
Cumberland Society of Painters
Missouri Plein Air Painters
New York Plein Air Painters
Ohio Plein Air Society
Plein Air Austin
Plein Air Florida
Plein Air Georgia
Plein Air New Mexico
Plein Air Painters of America
Plein Air Painters of the Bay of Fundy
Plein Air Painters of Chicago
Plein Air Painters of Idaho
Plein Air Painters of the Southeast
Plein Air Painters of Utah

East Coast Plein Air Painters

The Casements Cultural Center
Celebrates the Arts and Culture in Ormond Beach
as part of
Starry, Starry Night Gallery Walk
East Coast Plein Air Painters
in an exhibit entitled
Sunrise, Sunset
Extraordinary Color obtained while painting on location
in and around the Ormond area
Opening Reception Friday, January 11, 2008
Exhibit runs through February 6, 2008
25 Riverside Drive
Ormond Beach, Florida 32178

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Feature Artist January 2008 - Dorothy Schildknecht

Studied at the American Academy of Art, Chicago
Recent Exhibits include
2007 Mountain Oyster Invitational. Arizona
2007 Old West Museum Invitational, Wyoming
2007 American Impressionist Society, Chicago
2007 Plein Air Painters of Chicago Exhibit
2007 Elmhurst Artists Guild. Elmhurst Art Museum, Illinois
2007 Germanton Gallery Miniature Invitational Exhibit, North Carolina
2008 Door County Plein Air Invitational-July,Wisconsin
Present and Past Memberships
Palette and Chisel Academy, Chicago
American Academy of Women Artists
Women Artists of the West
American Impressionist Society
Landscape Painters International
International Plein Air Painters
Oil Painters of America
Website Dorothy