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)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

WIPAPA: November 28th Open Paint: Ashippun, Art and Food!!

Join us November 28th (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) for the last open paint day of the year. (Open paint means anyone can join us!) 

Once again I will host you all at my home in Ashippun! (N1289 State Rd 67, Oconomowoc WI) It's located about 8 miles north of Oconomowoc and just north of the little community of Old Ashippun. The house is the only driveway on the west side of the street Between Hwy EE and Washington Ave.

Impt Parking info! Please take Hwy EE to the frontage rd and park at the end !
We will meet at 8 am and paint till noon. I will have the coffee pot going and the bathroom available all morning. Then meet back at my house at noon for critique,  a bowl of soup and other goodies! I will make a big pot of soup! Bring something like bread, apples, veggies or cookies and whatever you want to drink!

This time of year I recommend the loop around Monroe rd to Lafayette rd to EE. About a half mile from the house!!

Wendie Thompson/Instigator

Monday, October 12, 2015

Due's are Due for 2016 and other Housekeeping

Hello fellow plein air painters!

October is here and with it time to renew your membership (or join if you haven't!) in WIPAPA! If I receive your $$$ before January 1st it's $30...after it's $40. So save yourselves 10 big ones and send it in!! 

Item number two: If you are a event director or on a Plein Air Competition committee for 2016 I have begun to add your links to the blog! So I need this info from you asap. I need it as always to be in the form of a link on your website. Even if it just says "save this date". Keep in mind that many artists must turn in their vacation requests before January 1st so if you wish many artists at your event they need to be able to plan well ahead of time! I know of three brand new events in the works in Wisconsin for next year!

And three! Thank you all for your participation in WIPAPA this year! Every brush stroke counts!

The instigator, Wendie

Thursday, October 8, 2015

WIPAPA October 24th Open Paint! West Bend!

Thanks to Elizabeth Carr Whitmore for inviting us to her beautiful property in West Bend! If you didn't know Elizabeth is moving to China for a few years so it's also our chance to see her off!
"Our home is a gristmill built in 1857 and we have two acres of land on the Milwaukee river. We'll provide soups for lunch and everyone is welcome to stay for the going away party that we will be hosting that day too - people can stay to paint and/or party
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So we will meet at 8AM and paint as long as you wish!
Address: 7198 River Dr N, West Bend, WI 53090

Winners! Paint the Town En Plein Air: Plymouth WI

Event Director Kitty Lynne Klich and Dan Rizzi
A kiss from us all Kitty! And thank you for all your hard work!

$350 First Place Award and the Second place Purchase Award Bob Beck

$250 Second Place Keary Kautzer

$150 Third Place Julia Rizzi

$100 “Community Spirit”Award Dan Rizzi

$100 “Sunshine”Award Pamela Clausen

Merit Award Sherri Thomas

Merit Award Greg Lecker

Merit Award Wendie Thompson
 Viewers Choice Postcard Award (With the Artist’s permission, one painting that is voted by the public as the best representation of downtown Plymouth, will be made into postcards to benefit the PAC’s Awareness Program) Dan Rizzi

$500.00 2nd place Purchase Award Bob Beck (see above)

$500 3rd place  Purchase Award Marty Carney

$750.00 1st place  Purchase Award  Judith Gahn Murphy

A note about awards:

"After careful consideration, I have decided to allow businesses and private individuals who sponsor a Purchase Award in an amount of $500 or larger, to preview the exhibit prior to its opening at 6 pm on October 2nd, and to select the painting of their choice, to hang in their home or business, in return for their Purchase Award amount. In effect, this is very similar to a preview showing where collectors only are invited and given the first opportunity to purchase paintings before the public sees them. All paintings will be judged prior to the preview showing by this year’s judge, Molly M Johnson, owner of the Academy of Fine Art, Denmark, Wisconsin. Winners are also eligible for a Purchase Award, although, the sponsor will not be made aware of the paintings status before the Awards Ceremony." Kitty Llich