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2024 Paint New Mexico Opening Reception


Celebrating the beauty of New Mexico through painting “en plein air” – in the open air or outdoors – is the focus of “2024 Paint New Mexico!” a juried exhibition sponsored by Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM). This year, for the first time, Weems Gallery and Framing in Albuquerque is pleased to host the show, which runs June 7-23.

“This show perfectly aligns with our mission to support local artists, and we’re thrilled to be able to host it,” said Weems Gallery owner Sheila McVeigh.

A meet-the-artist reception will be held June 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Weems, 5935 Wyoming Blvd. NE.

The exhibit will feature nearly 90 works of art depicting various scenic sites throughout the state of New Mexico. For the juried show, the PAPNM member artists are being asked to “get outdoors” and create works on location between May 10 and May 23, all to capture the splendor of New Mexico’s diverse landscape.

“With 13 days dedicated to painting ‘en plein air,’ each artist will work to authentically capture New Mexico’s stunning scenery,” said PAPNM President Barbara Coleman. “At least 80 percent of each painting will be completed on location, and all of the freshly painted pieces will be available for sale throughout the show.”

Serving as judge for the show is Paul Murray, a member of PAPNM since 2008 and a regularly featured artist at Weems. Awards to be presented are “best of show,” and three “awards of excellence,” among others. Visitors to Weems during the show’s run will also have an opportunity to select their favorite pieces for a “People’s Choice Award” to be announced at the show’s closing.

“Plein air painting is the best classroom,” said Murray. “Your scene isn’t distorted by a photograph. Everything is there right in front of you. Moreover, you have to deal with the weather and a limited time frame, while also having the chance to experience the fullness of nature.”