See the Vibrance. Feel the Energy.

See the Vibrance. Feel the Energy.


"There’s a certain energy ... it’s as if you’re standing right beside the artist ... " - Shanan Campbell Wells

Sorrel Sky Gallery is proud to host, for the third consecutive year, the 10th National Juried Members Show of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM), the weekend of November 2-4, 2018. The opening reception and awards presentation will be held during First Friday Art Walk from 5:00pm to 7:30pm on November 2, 2018, at the gallery’s downtown location, 125 W Palace Ave. On Saturday, November 3, Judge of Awards, Ray Roberts, will give a painting demonstration from 11:00am to 2:00pm. November 4 through 6, Ray Roberts will also teach a 3-day workshop, The Next Level of Landscape Painting, hosted by Sorrel Sky Gallery. The exhibition, which will include up to 150 works created within the last two years from award winners and other participants, continues through November 25, 2018.

The events of the weekend shine a spotlight on the ever-increasing interest in plein air painting; not only for artists but for art enthusiasts as well. “Plein air,” from the French meaning “in the open air,” aptly describes this art form. Plein air painters find inspiration not only from what they see but also from what they are literally experiencing while painting in the open air. Braving heat, rain, ever-changing light and a host of other elements to capture a scene requires both preparedness and adaptability. PAPNM organizes paint outs for its members at various locations throughout the year, encouraging a sense of camaraderie and support. The energy and vibrancy seen in plein air paintings are best experienced in person. Sorrel Sky Gallery is a strong supporter of plein air painting, representing several plein air painters, and welcomes the public to feel the immediacy that these works convey.

Drawing top artists from across the country, this event showcases their best works from the over the last two years. The 10 Master Signature Artists of PAPNM have been invited to participate, as well as its 26 Signature Artists and 380 Artist Members.  This year’s Jurors of Selection include PAPNM Master Signature Member Jane Hunt, Sorrel Sky Gallery owner Shanan Campbell Wells, and last year’s Best of Show Winner Peter Grab. Judge of Awards is internationally acclaimed artist, Ray Roberts, a Signature Member of Plein Air Painters of America.

Shanan Campbell Wells, owner of Sorrel Sky Gallery shared her personal observation about plein air paintings. “There’s a certain energy or pulse that can be seen and felt when viewing the works of plein air artists. It’s as if you’re standing right beside the artist as they pause and momentarily step back, observing the scene before them.”

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s visionary approach to Western art allows new and experienced art enthusiasts the opportunity to select from a distinctive collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry. Founded in Durango, CO in 2002, Sorrel Sky Gallery opened its second location in Santa Fe, NM in 2014. Representing several acclaimed painters, sculptors, and jewelers, including Kevin Red Star, Star Liana York, and former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse.

The Next Level of Landscape Painting, Ray Roberts workshop registration: Click Here or call 505-501-6555. Enroll now to discover or refine your outdoor painting ability. Covering: concept, site selection, design, layout, color comparison, and execution.

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