Monday, April 18, 2016

WIPAPA Open Paint Day April 23rd: Monches

One of our favorite places to paint! Monches Perennial Farm is allowing us to come and paint once again April 23rd!!

Located in quaint little Monches on an old rustic road this is one of our best attended paint days of the year! We will meet at 8 am and paint till noon. Then critique as we eat our lunches (bring your own!)

Parking IMPT! Please remember to park all the way in the back on the grassy field. It is their busy season so we don't want to impede their business!!

5890 Monches Rd , Colgate

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Congratulations Winners: We Came We Saw We Painted 2016

Congratulations to all the winners! Jurors comments under each photo! This work is showing and available till April 28th!
Best in Show
Dan Rizzi
“This set of paintings we both agreed were worthy of merit. With overlapping diagonals, the composition was quite dramatic, and much of what was appealing in the study was kept in the final, with the addition of a more natural color for the foreground.” - Anthony Sell

2nd Place
Sherri Thomas

 “This set of paintings immediately caught my attention as I looked over the work in the show. While a very peaceful composition, I saw in this a degree of subtlety that was worthwhile. The studio piece demonstrates an improvement in the atmospheric perspective offered by this type of scene, adjustments to the scale and placement of elements that improved the composition, and a very careful handling of the edge quality of the trees in the foreground, something that is easily lost or overworked when one enlarges a much smaller painting. To me this demonstrated the kind of deliberation that one would expect from a studio painting based on a field study.” - Anthony Sell

Third Place
Barb Hayden
Close up of Barb Hayden Studio Painting
“Instead of painting the same scene, Barbara painted an interesting part of the study painting. Painting a chandelier on a gold background offers the viewers interesting perspectives at many angles. And gave the painting an illusion of light. I loved the process of a readable scene to the final painting of readable abstraction.” - Jenny Anderson 
Honorable Mention
Kriste Sankey
 “On the criteria of a study piece to studio, this showed most improvement. Working on your studio piece you have improved the scene using your imagination. Study and concentration to imagination and the joy of painting.” - Jenny Anderson 

Friday, February 19, 2016

IMPT: A Note From Wendie Concerning the Future of WIPAPA

In 2006 I started instigating the beginnings of WIPAPA . Having been bitten by the plein air bug and seeing the advantages of another state organization of plein air artists and the advantages of artists painting in community we dug in and begin to build. Together we have created one of the most active plein air organizations in the country!

  • I see plein air as cutting edge in terms of creating new collectors of original art therefore changing culture in our state. 
  • I see children growing up in communities where it has now become normal to see artists painting on the streets.
  • I see organizations and communities benefiting financially when artists descend. 
  • I see an enormous body of cherished paintings documenting this beautiful state we live in reminding their owners that this is what they felt, smelled and saw.
  • I see artists who normally work in isolation gathering together in friendship, helping each other by sharing artists secrets freely, forging friendships across economic, political, racial and social boundaries. 
  • I have seen some of you become so skilled as to begin to be seen on a national level.
 Plein Air painting has done all of this good. But there is so much more for us to do!!!

You may have heard that at the WIPAPA holiday party in January I announced that December 31st 2016 would be my final day as the day to day administrator of WIPAPA. I have loved serving you but have had some life changes and I believe for the organization to grow others need to contribute. I am not planning to leave the group however I see myself as more of an Ambassador after that.

It is my hope that a number of you would be willing to step up and serve on a board. The group may wish to review and update the current mission statement as well. To this end we will be using many tools to ascertain a vision for the future of WIPAPA. I am telling you this now so that I can pass on the knowledge I have gained before I leave.

Here are just some of the tasks that will need warm bodies:

  • Blog administrator: the blog acts as a communication tool or clearinghouse for all things "Plein Air" in Wisconsin. It's possible for more than one person to do this.
  • Website Director: The group may wish to expand it's web presence in this way.
  • Event Director: We have had anywhere from 1 to 3 juried shows at various venues each year. This could also be broken down into parts for more than one person. Over the years I have found ways to simplify this process immensely!
  • Monthly open paint day Facilitator: Finding venues and announcing them.
  • We could use both a Bookkeeper and an Accountant: I have always believed we should become a Not for profit but you should decide that.
  • Ambassador: I would still be willing to do the work of meeting with communities to help them develop new events...I spend a great deal of time with this.

Please be thinking about these things as we move into the plein air season and watch for communications this year that may ask for your opinions. It's your group...lets make it even better!!

Please share this info!

The plein truth, 

Wendie Thompson

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Winners Paint the Point: Winter Edition 2016

Best In Show, Lori Beringer, "Winter Quiet"

First Prize, Wendie Thompson "Light Unto My Path"

Second Prize, Lisa Stauffer, "From The Setting Sun"

Third Prize, Marc Anderson, "Late Morning Light"

Honorable Mention, Judith Anderson, "Hay Bales"

Here are the prize winners from last weekend's Paint The Point: Winter Edition

Artists braved the outdoors February 10 - 12, during the second Paint The Point: Winter Edition, in Mineral Point, Wisconsin.

18 painters from several midwestern states submitted two paintings for judging by Mineral Point artist and gallerist, Jane Wilcoxson. The judging took place Friday afternoon at the exhibit venue, Tequila Point restaurant, 43 High Street. Prize winners were announced during the artist's dinner that night.

Paintings were exhibited and offered for sale on Saturday, February 13, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm at the same location. An online exhibit on the Arts Mineral Point website,, will be up soon and will feature all the paintings from the competition. Paintings will be offered for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to Arts Mineral Point.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Open Paint Day Feb 27th: Fox Lake Country Antiques Oconomowoc

February! Can you believe it? Time for our first 2016 Open Paint Day! Come paint with us!

Where? Fox Lake Country Antiques: 201 N Fowler, Oconomowoc (Just off hwy 16)

When? Saturday Feb 27th Doors open at 10 am. 

What? Paint from life inside the store or anywhere in Oconomowoc if you prefer to paint outdoors. We will meet inside the store at 1pm to have lunch (bring your own) and critique.

Who? Anyone who wants!!

Bring a dropcloth!!

We painted in February here last year and it is really fun! Wide aisles and so many things to paint! See you there!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Call to Artists: We Came, We Saw, We Painted 2016 ART BAR

2016 We Came, We Saw, We Painted: Field to Finish at the


When? Opening Reception Friday March 18th 6:30-7:30

Work Hangs  Friday March 18th through Thursday April 28th 

Where? The Art*Bar 722 E Burleigh

Awards? 1st, 2nd and 3rd place 

Entry Cost? None, Nada, Zip

Sales Split? 70% Artist/20%Art*Bar/10%AWE

ENTRY DEADLINE: Monday Feb 29th
You must submit 2 images (1 plein air and 1 studio done from that plein air painting)  for consideration We will be accepting 30 artists for this show!

Both Plein air and Studio pieces done from plein air studies when they are submitted together will be accepted! 

SIZE LIMIT: One piece may be 12x12 and max 4 1/4" frame and the other as big as 20x16 and max 4 1/4" frame. All work must be framed and wired!

You must be a 2016 dues paid member to enter (see entry form at To join)

Acceptance announcements will be sent by Friday March 4th

Drop off work March 14th

Pick up of unsold work is after Friday April 29th

#1 Register on the form Below

#2 Send your 72 dpi images with YOUR NAME and "2016: Came Saw Painted"  in the address bar and send to:

Label  your images with your last name and title

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Happy New Year...Time for our Annual Party!

It's January! 

That means it's WIPAPA PARTY time!

Where: 12024 W Euclid Ave, West Allis WI 53227 (Kriste Sankey's house...Thank you!)
When: Saturday January 23rd 4-8PM
Why: Cause that's just what we do in January!
Who: You and anyone else interested in WIPAPA

What you should bring (POT LUCK):

Last names A-M bring a main dish to pass
                  N-Z bring a dessert, salad, Fruit

Art Exchange (for those who wish to participate)
Bring a wrapped painting to give away and we will have a grab bag exchange!

Brief business meeting (I promise...I have some announcements)