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Plein Air Painting

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Thru out the USA, in the fine art field, a major movement is still pretty popular,
even after a good 26 years: "Plein Air Painting",
which is French for "in the open air",
or "on the Spot Landscape" painting,
vs taking photographs and then doing original art in the STUDIO.

Around 1987 I was asked by a gal from Catalina Island, CA.
to place ONE AD in a national
magazine, to promote a group she wanted to start, called
"Plein Air Painters of America" (PAPA).
I told Denise, that one ad would be wasting her money...
that it would take monthly ads,
for probably a few years, to create a good group.

So, from 1987 to the middle of 1995 or '96,
with the financial backing of the original 27 members,
PAPA ran 22 full page ads a year, in Southwest Art, Art of the
West, Artists of the Rockies, and a few higher
profile magazines. (Also to note: this was "pre-computer",
so all ads had to be prepared by hand, type setting ordered, etc...
these 22 ads with created w/ NO PROFIT to myself, in any form!
Merely to help PAPA become known!)

As a result of those 8 or so years with 22 full page ads per year,
Plein Air Painting is probably in every single town in the U.S.A.!
I guess any great idea will "catch on" with enough high quality advertising!!

Today the membership includes such artists as Ken Auster, Christopher
Blossom, LeGassick, Bye Bitney, Scott Burdick, Gil Dellinger, Gay
Faulkenberry, Lynn Gertenbach, Joseph Paquet, Ray Roberts,
Matt Smith, and Skip Whitcomb, to name just a few.

The rest is history.

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