PAAC Newsletter
Newsletter                                        August 2014
Show News
By Debra Joy Groesser

PAAC's 18th Annual National Juried Exhibition is this weekend! We have a great slate of activities being planned so be sure to make plans to attend.

Click here to view the Show Catalog.

Our annual workshop format will be a little bit different this year...four (yes, four!) incredible Colorado artists will be offering classes: Lorenzo Chavez, Jeanne Mackenzie, Stacey Peterson and Kevin Weckbach. The workshops will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, August 6th and 7th.

Our All-Member Paintout will be held on Friday, August 8th, in Boulder...just a short 40 minute drive from Abend Gallery. Refreshments will be provided by Plein Air Magazine! More details below.

Saturday, Aug. 9th at Abend Gallery
-10:30 to 11:45 am PANEL DISCUSSION: "Getting Your Artwork Out There" featuring Jane Hunt, show co-chair, and PAAC Board Members Debra Joy Groesser, Holly Kernes, Debby McAllister and Jennifer Riefenberg. Topics will include photographing your artwork, tips for entering juried shows, the jury process, the how and why of marketing on Facebook, and benefits of belonging to groups such as PAAC. FREE!

-11:30 to 1pm - lunch on your own...there are several restaurants in the area.

- 1 to 3pm: Demo - we're excited to announce that Lorenzo Chavez is our demo artist!

And the grand finale, our opening reception and awards presentation will be held from 5 to 8pm at Abend Gallery. Be sure to come and vote for Artists Choice!

Hope to see you all there!
Warmest wishes,
Debra Joy Groesser
Show Chair

PAAC All Member Paintout
August 8th 2014

by Jane Hunt

Please join us at Coot Lake in Boulder for our all member paintout in conjunction with our Annual Show.  Paintout is free and all members are welcome, whether or not you are participating in the Abend show!

Only 40 minutes from Abend Gallery, this gorgeous location has wonderful views of the mountains, mature trees, open fields, lake, and wetlands.

Mary Williams has graciously invited paintout artists to cap off the day with cool beverages and snacks from 4 to 6pm at Mary Williams Fine Art, 5311 Western Ave, #112, in Boulder. 

Click here for more info.

In This Issue:
Show News
All Member Paint Out

Color Sunday Show
Grand Junction Fall Paint Out
Grand Lake Workshops
Alla Prima Westcliffe

Get to Know Our Members
Partner Discounts
Upcoming Events

Paint outs
Tues - Denver
Weds - Southern CO
Thurs - Boulder
Fri - Denver South
Fri - Fort Collins

See the Paintout Calendar on our website for details.

Annual Workshops
Wednesday, August 6th
Jeanne Mackenzie or
Kevin Weckbach

Thursday, August 7th
8am - 3pm
Lorenzo Chavez or
Stacey Peterson

All Member Paint Out
Friday, August 8

Show Demos and/or Lectures
Saturday, August 9

10:30 to 11:30 am:
Panel Discussion "Getting Your Artwork Out There"

1 to 3pm:
Demo by Lorenzo Chavez


18th Annual PAAC National Juried Exhibition

August 9 - 30, 2014

Opening Reception
Saturday, August 9
5 to 8 pm
Abend Gallery
2260 E Colfax Ave
Denver CO

Grand Junction Destination Paint Out
September 21-28

September 28
Color Sunday
Exhibition and Sale
Powderhorn Resort

Color Sunday Show and Sale

PAAC is sponsoring a special show and sale at Powderhorn Mountain Resort this September!  In conjunction with our Grand Junction Western Slope Destination paint out.  This non-juried show is open to all PAAC members who register and participate in the paint out.  Each participant will be able to display and sell their work from the paint out.

More Details below.

"The Color of Autumn" by Mary Ellen Andrews

Western Slope Paint Out in Grand Junction
September 21-28

by Deborah McAllister
Join us on the Western Slope for a PAAC paint out of spectacular Fall color during the week of "Color Sunday September 28". Mary Ellen Andrews has been planning this destination paint out and has many wonderful locations lined up for us. And, we will be exhibiting our best paintings on "Color Sunday",  at Powderhorn Resort on the Grand Mesa! Choose your own accommodations. A list of hotels will be provided after registration. September 21-28. Don't miss this chance to see the Western Slope from a "local" perspective! 

Registration: $20. To register, visit our website.
Special events by the Forest Service and Powderhorn Resort
on Color Sunday, Sept. 28, on the Grand Mesa.
"Main St. Grand Junction"
by Sheri Balke
"Miason la Bell Winery"
by Mary Ellen Andrews

“Paint Something Grand!”

The beautiful little village of Grand Lake, situated at the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, is inviting Plein Air Painters to come to the area to “Paint Something Grand!” during the week of September 21-29.

Two painting workshops are being offered during that week. PAAC members Cliff Austin will be teaching a plein air oil class on September 28-29, and Donna Lyons will be teaching plein air watercolor on September 25-26-27.  Special discounts are being offered on lodging for painters during that week.

Email Cliff at,
or Donna at
for details and information regarding fees, materials, lodging and to reserve your space in their workshop.

Painters who are not taking one of these workshops are also welcome to come to the mountains to “Paint Something Grand!” during that golden week in September. Contact Donna for details.


Alla Prima Westcliffe
An Outdoor and Indoor Paint-From-Life Event


From October 1-4, the Sangres Art Guild will host Alla Prima Westcliffe, the 8th annual Plein Air Paint-out …and paint-in. The event is about painting from life in the manner of plein air, but not necessarily outdoors.  If the weather is inclement, artists can escape indoors for paint-from-life opportunities.

Historic sites in the valley and the awesome Sangre de Cristo Mountains in spectacular autumn colors will be open for landscape artists. Figure models and museum spaces will be available for indoor artwork. Events for Collectors and Artists are planned for each evening, culminating in an awards ceremony, artists’ reception and sale.

The event takes place alongside the 8th annual Arts Hullabaloo, a multi-faceted celebration that showcases the visual, performing, culinary and musical arts to name a few.


More can be learned at
Questions: contact Curt Gillespie at 719-783-0886.

Press Release

Get to Know Our Members
By Tracy Haines

Member of the Month:
Ted Garcia


Tracy Haines (TH):  Ted, please tell me a bit about yourself.

Ted Garcia (TG): My parents are colorado natives but I was born in Reno and when I was about a year old we moved back to Colorado. I grew up in Commerce City. As long as I can remember I did art. When I was in High School I started to do freelance art. Doing everything from jacket logos, tattoo design, air brushing murals and numbers on race cars just to name a few things. I graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art in the late 80s.

Even though I had many different day jobs (manager of supply department for 12 different banks, head instructor and manager of one of the Mile High Karate schools, security guard and construction worker)- the one thing that stayed consistent was freelancing art. 20 years ago my wife (who is a graphic artist and whom I met in art school) decided to go full time with our art business of TLC Unlimited. Examples: Honey Smoked Salmon,  Denver's farmers market logo, VH-!, Save the Music logo, and many others. It's been the best job and life style I could have imagined.

TH: When did you first become interested in art?
TG: For as long as I can remember I have always been doing something art- related. I have a photo that my mom took when I was around 2 years old that kind of says it all. 

TH: What is your biggest challenge when painting en plein air?
TG: I feel I just finished My biggest challenge by completing 2,014 day- in- a row plein air paintings. For 5 years, 7 months and 11 days I went out to paint, regardless of the weather or other bad circumstances.
I've painted with broken bones, separated ribs, cuts requiring stitches, a couple of cases of the flu, colds, family deaths ,births and much more.  I know it sounds strange but these were my biggest challenges.

On those days I could have quit  or just stayed in my nice warm or cool studio, but instead I made myself go out and paint and it was usually on those day that I seemed to do my best work. The only other challenge was to never get complacent or paint the same thing repeatedly.

TH: Where do you sell your work?
TG:  Right now I  just sell my work on line. The last gallery I was in a few years ago closed, and I am currently looking for any galleries that would like to show my work.

TH: Briefly describe your most interesting or funny plein air experience.
TG:  I set up to paint near a fresh deer kill. The deer was still warm.  I hoped to get to see the lion, but never did while painting.  After packing up and leaving the site, I realized I had forgotten something.  I went back to the painting site and saw that the lion had moved the deer about 50 feet away!  The lion had likely been watching me the whole time!  I also once experienced an earthquake!

TH: Please tell me about an interesting non-– art aspect of yourself that people might be surprised to know.
TG: I have been practicing Martial Arts  for 38 years and hold a Grand Masters rank in KunTao Silat deThouars. 

TH: Not sure I can pronounce that Ted, but I will be careful not to suprise you walking up to your easel next time!

TH: What is your long-term goal as an artist?
TG: I  would have to say, just to be able to paint until my time ends. To sell a few paintings would be good as well. Perhaps being accepted by the fine art world would be nice.  I just finished  5 + years of a daily painting journey. I guess I need a new goal.

TH: Why have you decided to stop the daily painting journey now? Had 5 years been the goal you initially set? 
TG: My intitial goal had been to paint daily for one year.  During that first year I read that Monet had painted over 2000 paintings in his life.  I wondered what kind of painter I might become if I painted that many paintings.  So I revised my goal to paint daily until I hit that number, then decided to paint 14 more to match our present year- 2014!  I will still paint en plein air as often as I can.


TH: Any tips on tools , techniques or gear you’d care to share for the budding plein air artist?
TG: Keep it simple. I have 3 brushes #12, #6, #2, linseed oil and thinner.  I just carry a half easel loaded with enough paint for two paintings on my palette, a roll of paper towels, and a bit of food and water. It's like most everything: just give it a K.I.S.S!

TH: What advice do you give an artist just starting out?
TG: Just paint, paint and paint. Take a few classes from people that you would like to learn how to incorporate what they do with your own. But mainly be yourself, find your own voice and be your own artist.

Each month, Tracy Haines interviews a different PAAC member.
She draws random names from the "hat".  
To put your name in the hat, please contact Tracy at
To qualify, you must be a current PAAC member, and have a web site so that our members can check out your work.
PAAC 2014 Partner Discounts
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French Canvas
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Front Range Frames
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Judson's Plein Air Outfitters
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No way to input discount on website checkout.

Plein Air Convention and Expo 2015 (PACE)
$100 off registration
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PAAC Newsletter Sponsors
We are now including classified ads in our newsletter to help sponsor our activities, for events and items related to our mission of promoting plein air painting and painters. If you have an upcoming event or workshop, this is a great way to get the word out to PAAC members!

We reserve the right to refuse an ad, and will limit how many are in each newsletter. Cost per issue is $40 for members and $50 for non-members, for one image and maximum text of 150 words.

If you're interested in placing a classified, please email Holly Kernes:
Your inquiry must be received by the 20th of each month for the following month's newsletter.

Thank you to our Media Sponsors:

The PAAC newsletter is assembled by Holly Kernes.  You can email me at We reserve this newsletter for PAAC sponsored events and announcements.  We accept ads for non-PAAC events - see details above.

You are always welcome to post your art-related info on our Facebook Wall, or in our Facebook Group.

PAAC members can join our Facebook Group by logging into Facebook, and searching for Plein Air Artists Colorado.  Select the group, and send a request to join. 

The PAAC Board:
Holly Kernes - Main Contact, Newsletters, Membership, and CaFE Administrator

Debra Joy Groesser - Show Chair

Debby McAllister - Head Location Coordinator, Denver Coordinator, and Website

Jennifer Riefenberg - Treasurer and Denver South Coordinator

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