Sonoran Outdoor Painters
May 2018 Exhibit

        Sonoran Outdoor Painters unites Arizona artists who plan Wednesday outings around the Valley -- and also desert locations, carefully chosen for scenic beauty -- to paint outside, surrounded by nature and “en plein air”.
New art by Gary Binder, William Bradley, Heather Coen, Martha Goodrich, Gregory Hull, Marty LeMessurier, Toni Perrin, Parris Ritchie and Diane Scholar fill our Visitor Center gallery this month --visitors and guests are invited to meet the artists at a reception May 12 from 9:00am to noon.

       Plein air is a French term meaning to paint outdoors, and was popularized by the French impressionists in the 1860s. During winter months our territory ranges throughout the sonoran desert: mountains and creeks, saguaros and . In the summer as temperatures soar we may venture up north to Sedona or Flagstaff.

       Artists who are enthused to paint surrounded by natural scenes and backdrops are welcome to join us for a most enjoyable experience and lots of camaraderie while we support and learn from each other. Members range from professional artists to those who just enjoy being able to express their love of nature. All mediums are represented: oil, watercolor, pastels and acrylics.

            One purpose of this exhibitis to show case the varied terrain and plant life to be found at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
Some painters like to focus on the multitude of saguaros and other cactus, some on the eucalyptus forests and others on the rock and cliff formations.  All participants will show at least one painting created in the Arboretum.

             Because the light outside changes so fast most paintings must be completed relatively quickly. Hence, they usually range in size from 8X10 to 11X14 inches. Paintings are originals and may be viewed in the Arboretum gallery from 6:00am to 3:00pm during daily business hours.
All art work in the exhibit will be available for purchase, for a unique, inspiring and lasting memento of a visit to the Arboretum and a celebration of the sonoran desert.
To contact members of the Sonoran Outdoor Painters about commissioned works, plein air dates or membership please call Diane Scholar at 602-320-9523 or else
Martha Goodrich at 602-687-7979.

         Boyce Thompson Arboretum is at highway 60 milepost #223 near the historic copper mining town of Superior, a drive of about 45 minutes due East of Mesa. During Winter and Spring months visitors are admitted from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily, and the Arboretum closes at 5:00 p.m. Summer Hours of 6am-3pm resume May-through-September. New exhibits begin each month and may be seen daily during business hours; the Arboretum is an Arizona State Park and daily admission must be paid to enter the Visitor Center where our gallery is found. A membership may be purchased in the gift shop on the day of your visit.

Review exhibits 2015 through 2018

Tucson Pastel Society April 2018

Lisa Langell March 2018


Tony DeNunzio February 2018


Kimberly Harris January 201


Bud Heiss December 2017


Darrell Sheppard October 2017


Jill Cockrum September 2017


Roger Degler July - August 2017


Sarah Slocum And Bill Brooks - June 2017

Paul Gill - May 2017

Mary Isham - April 2017

Preston Cox - March 2017

The Ateliers Group

Burdell Moody

Sue Cullumber

Miriam Mladinov

Anthem Camera Club

Nancy Romanovsky

Julie Stubbs

John Aho

Heather Coen

Rimgaudas Vidziunas

Michael Madsen & Heidi Golden Hearts-Rock Photos

Elaine Dube

Becky Joy

Christine Debrosky

Then And Now BTA Photography

Paul Landau

Preston Cox & Tammy Knight

Legumes of Arizona

Paul Kinslow
Rick Cameron



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