Definitive Plein Air in Arizona

The 2001 Open Air Invitational will feature the best of perceptual landscapes painted from direct study.
Clive Pates - Dead Horse Ranch, Cottonwood, AZ
Clive Pates - Dead Horse Ranch, Cottonwood, AZ
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May 13, 2011 - PRLog -- The Open Air Invitational at Yavapai College
A Definitive Plein Air Event

To emphasize the role of perceptual painting as integral to the concept of plein-air landscape painting, the Perceptual Artists Society will hold its first plein air event, the 2011 Open Air Invitational, with an exhibition to be held on the Verde Valley Campus of Yavapai College in Clarkdale, Arizona, from October 6 - November 6, 2011.

The purpose of the Invitational is to support and celebrate the artists in our midst who work with earnest determination to see and paint with their own eyes and hands, the outdoor subject in its natural, uncompromised, state of being. Definitive Plein Air is outdoor painting from direct-study. It is a creative process that uses no secondary references, such as memory, photographs, reproductions, projections, camera displays, or electronic displays of any kind, including the otherwise 'historically traditional' uses of a camera obscura or camera lucida, and all compositional work is begun and completed by the artist at the point-of-view, via eye-to-subject-to-canvas interpretive study. Such works may be created by either alla prima [all at once] method, or through recursive study - multiple visits to the point-of-view over two or more days.

This event will give ten professional and ten student painters almost three months to complete five landscapes, worked exclusively from life with no reference to secondary source material, with at least one of the works completed in Yavapai County, Arizona. A private viewing and awards ceremony will be held on October 6, 2011, in the Verde Gallery on the Verde Valley Campus of Yavapai College in Clarkdale, Arizona, with a public reception on October 7. A first prize of $1500 will be awarded, with more awards to be announced.

Artists' applications are available at

This exhibition is hosted by the Friends of Verde Arts, an auxiliary of the Yavapai College Foundation, and curated by Perceptual Artists' Society Co-Founders, Clive Pates and Williamson Tapia. The Perceptual Artists’ Society promotes the role of perceptual painting and sculpture, and maintains that direct study and perceptual work will continue to underscore and have direct relevance to contemporary art and its continued development. Membership is open to all artists who work from life, whose visual source of inspiration is based on the act of looking, and who understand the enduring role of perceptual art.

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The Friends of Verde Arts is an auxiliary of the Yavapai College Foundation dedicated to supporting the Arts on the Verde Valley Campus and in the Sedona and Verde Valley region of Arizona.
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