Monday, August 19, 2019

State Fair Plein Air

State Fair Plein Air

The hot sun beat down on the blacktop as shuffling feet moved from vendors to attractions and nestled between the cows and food, away worked the artists. For two days plein air artists painted the Wisconsin State Fair, subjects varied from the ferris wheel to the farm animals. On the second day, early morning in the quiet Exploratory Grounds the quick paint competition got underway giving painters a chance to paint some greenery and park scenes.

Grand Champion Troy Tatlock Painting

Main Event Winners
Grand Champion-Troy Tatlock
Reserve Champion-Sherri Thomas
Award of Merit-Les Leffingwell

Sowing Creativitry Main Event Awards
Nature Inspired-Veronica Shmauz
Painting the Light- Linda Boehlke
Action Packed-Christopher J. Behrs
Kid Friendly-Veronica Shmauz
Best Dairy Animal (Sponsored by WI Dairy Promo Board)-Nathan Brandner

Quick Paint Awards
Grand Chamption-Les Leffingwell
Reserve Champion-Chistopher J. Behrs
Award of Merit Cherie Raffel

Color Celebration-Barbra Hayden
Artist as the Object-Troy Tatlock

Jurors Photo

Monday, August 12, 2019

Jefferson Plein Air

Jefferson Plein Air

A late June rain and gusty winds did not stop artists from slinging paint. Positioned between Milwaukee and Madison the rolling green fields and historic downtown gave artists a chance to once again display and share their talents. Put on by the well organized Arts Alliance of Greater Jefferson and judged by Lorin Willey and Swayden-Grebel. 

Main Event

Best in Show
 Marc Anderson - Something to Taco About
2nd Place
 James Faecke - Bon Ton
3rd Place
Peggy Hope - Abandoned
4th Place 
 Troy Tatlock - Pay No Attention to the Man (Girl) behind the Lattice
Artist Choilce
BethAnn Moran-Hanzlik - Quiet Morning

Quick Paint

Best of Quick Paint

 Beth Ann Moran-Hanzlik - Light Over Jefferson

2nd Place

Marc Anderson - Van No Gogh

3rd Place
Derek Hambly - Mexican Restaurant

Honorable Mention 
Deborah Baughman - Morning View Main Street

Honorable Mention
Deborah Rollo - The Drugstore

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Oshkosh Plein Air

Oshkosh Plein Air Winners
A city surrounded by water brought in thirty artists to paint for awards exceeding two thousand dollars. Founded on industry but born from its waterway Oshkosh gave artists the chance to paint the gritty to the grand. In the 1903 Gregorian Revival Yacht Club know as The Waters the artist/patron reception was held, bringing together the fine works created during the week.

top row left to right: Terri Einer, Frankie Johnson, RL Weber, James Hempel, Antwan Ramar, Deborah Baughman
bottom row left to right: Sherri Thomas, Deke Palecek, Joye Moon

Best of Show $750 Artist: James Hempel
Name of Work: “Lane to the Lake”

2nd Place $500 Artist: RL Weber
Name of Work: “Bay Shore Marina”

3rd Place $350 Artist: Antwan Ramar
Name of Work: “Fall of the Peony Empire”

Spirit of Oshkosh $250 Artist: Joye Moon
Name of Work: “The Waters”

Award of Excellence $250 Artist: Frankie Johnson
Name of Work: “Peeking Blue”

OFAA Honor Award $250 Artist: Deke Palecek
Name of Work: “That’s What I Said”

Jack Richeson & Co Gift Certificates
1: Terri Einer Name of Work: “Pollack Splash”
2: Deborah Baughman Name of Work: “Oshkosh Railroad Bridge”

Roger Tornow Memorial by OFAA Artist: Sherri Thomas
Name of Work: “A Quiet Place”

Honorable Mention (not pictured)
1: Nathan Brandner Name of Work: “Winnebago Waves”
2: Peggy Reimer Name of Work: “Thank You Oshkosh”
3: Barbara Hayden Name of Work: “Shirley’s Roses”

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Cedarburg Plein Air

Cedarburg Plein Air Winners

The quiet town of Cedarburg Wisconsin became a historic backdrop and inspiration of artists early this June. This event brought out one-hundred and forty-two artists from eleven different states, from California to Florida. These artists competed for over $7,250 in awards. Over seven-hundred people came to view the works over the weekend, many anticipated the buyer party, reception, and awards ceremony Saturday night. As the weekend came to a wrap over one hundred paintings found a new permanent home. 

A special Thanks to the Cedarburg Artists Guild for running this event.

Best in Show
Antwan Ramar "PhotoSymphony"

Second Place
Paul Berquist "Covered Bridge"

Third Place
Jim Faeke "Lunch on the Terrace"

Honorable Mentions

Nathan Brandner "Backroad Sky"

Sherri Thomas "Spring Colors"

Steve Puttrich "Saturday Morning Lilacs"

Frankie Johnson "Pink Sheets"

Artists Choice Awards

First Place
Paul Berquist "Coming Home"

Second Place
Troy Tatlock "Landmark Mill After Hours"

Jim Faecke "Lunch on the Terrace"

Third Place
Tom Buchs "Washington Street"

Sandra McCutcheon Pape Best of Cedarburg Award

First Place
Troy Tatlock "Landmark Mill After Hours"

Second Place
Tom Buchs "Gray Morning"

Third Place
Stephen Wysocki "Washington Ave"

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Go Paint Chippewa Valley

Go Paint Chippewa Valley Awards and Winners
A special thanks to the Pablo Center at the Confluence
Quick Paint Juror: Jean Accola
Awards Juror: Martha Hayden

Award Winners

Best in Show
Jan Balow
 Storm Coming

First Place
Susan Klem
 Mill Minus a Few Items

Second Place
Wendy Schaefer-Miles
 Spring River Vista

Third Place
Jason Anhorn 
Little Footbridge at Rod and Gun Park

Best River
Dalan Hartmann

Best Dam Painting
Keary Kautzer
 Dells Mill

Best of the Pablo Confluence Center
Susan Estill
 Pablo Center at Twilight

Honorable Mentions

Joseph Maurer
 Forest Hill Community Garden @ Leaves of Grass

Maureen Skroski 
Water under the Bridge

Janice Roberts 
Cells of Big Falls

Dalan Hartmann
Water Logged

Anders Shafer 
Fall Creek

Barbara Shafer

Jean Accola 
Grand Ave. Bikes

Jean Accola
 Big Coulee Spring

Tim Syring
 Altoona Dam Fishing

Quick Paint

Best in Show 
Derek Davis
Afternoon Light

1st Place
Joe Maurer 
Wisconsin Confluence @ Leaves of Grass I

2nd Place
Michael Olive
Wisconsin Phoenix Park Bridge

3rd Place
Hannah Heyer
River Rocks

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The State of WIPAPA: 2019

Good Morning!

I hope you are all outside painting this spring! As I believe it is the fastest way to learn to paint!!

I am posting to give you a status update on WIPAPA.  Last year was particularly difficult for my family and I, leaving me with very little time to paint let alone deal with WIPAPA.  The only commitment I was able to keep was to keep the calendar of events up to date on this blog. This upcoming year doesn't look like things are letting up.

IMPORTANT: If you sent me a check for dues last year or this I have not cashed them. Until we have someone step forward to administer WIPAPA please do not send any further dues. I am removing the form from this blog.

It is my sincere hope that you will find artists near you and go out to paint together!

I'll see you out there!!

Wendie Thompson

I am posting all competitions in the state as soon as I have a link to them for 2019. If you know of any others please let me know asap! This is what I have so far:


Thursday, April 12, 2018

WIPAPA Open Paint Monches April 21st!

Open Paint:  Saturday, April 21, 2018

Monches Farm
5890 Monches Road
Colgate, WI 53017

Please remember to park all the way
in the back on the grass!!

8:30 AM To 12:30 PM
12:30 PM join fellow painters for a
friendly critique.
Bring a bag lunch.

Questions?  Text Kathleen Flaherty