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Eddie Morris February 2021

We’ve started a new year and hopefully, we are all looking forward to a very productive year ahead. Getting indoors when the weather has been pretty chilly of late is what is planned for this month. There will be two Cafe Sketch sessions in February.

Special Note: My thanks for Anne Carrington Asplin for setting up an Asheville Plein Air Instagram page. I’ll add event to it but would love for members to please post their paintings to the page. Link here or go to Menu

Special Word from James …

As we grow nearer to “opening day” (not just baseball, but the plein air season!) be sure to keep an eye on upcoming events. This year’s schedule will mostly follow that of our last season, but I am always looking for new venues. This is where you come in! If you know of, or discover a place we’ve not painted, one that has ample parking and interesting views, please let me know and provide me with a contact. Even better, if you can take a few photos and such that would be great. I can’t always get to every site that’s suggested, so the more information the better! This year I am especially looking out for more urban settings.

We will again be participating in the North Carolina Arboretum’s Azalea Festival, taking place this year on April 27th. Last year it was far and away our most popular event, and this year will be even better!

March will continue with Cafe Sketching, but after April 1st we’ll return to our first and third Tuesday and second and fourth Thursday. I’ll also love to have more Saturday gatherings but will definitely need others to step up and host a few. Hopefully some of those Saturday offerings will be open to some of the many talented kids who would like to join us.

Thanks as always. I have an ambitious goal of ten paintings from Hawaii. Let’s see how I do!


Tuesday, February 13 – The Daily Grind Coffeehouse

A great turnout sketching today at The Daily Grind Coffeehouse. About 15 artists, including three first timers.

As requested, here’s the online gallery of paintings done at the NC Arboretum Azalea Festival. What a great event that was!…/art-gallery-asheville…/

Pastel artists, and we have several among us, are encouraged to check out the NC Pastel Society at They’re looking to expand their numbers in our area and I am sure many of you would be welcomed!
Likewise with the newly formed Urban Sketchers of Asheville group. I’ve twice gathered with them and they’re a fine group of folks. Check out their Facebook page at

If you receive our emails but haven’t yet joined us, NOW IS THE TIME! Don’t be timid!
…. As one first timer said “thanks to everyone for being so welcoming. It was wonderful to spend time doing what we love.” I couldn’t agree more!

Welcome to all new members & be sure to contact James at if you want to be put on the mailing list and join the group!

Do check out the sidebar here, the Calendar or Facebook for more information.

Happy Painting!

Some changes from previous years:

 Outdoor paint outs will commence in early April with specific sites to be announced. The schedule will shift, with our

FIRST AND THIRD paint outs of the month on Tuesday, and
SECOND and FOURTH paint outs on Thursday.
• If a month has a FIFTH week, those paint outs will be on Saturday.

These changes are to accommodate those who cannot make a specific day of the week, or work a M-F schedule.

I understand these changes seem radical and will require some adjusting but, after meeting with former APAP director Sue Dolamore and stalwart member Sandy Moore, I truly feel they’re for the best. I left our meeting feeling optimistic and excited about the future of our group. (James Cassara)


A Final Word From James:

In addition to our website and Facebook page I will be sending out weekly reminders 3 or 4 days prior to each paint out. If you wish to receive these reminders you must email me (James) at to be added to the list. Please don’t assume because you’ve been a member of the group you’ll automatically be added. In this regard we’re beginning from scratch.

email List:

If you would like to be added, please email James Cassara at 

If you want to share your paintings for the event day, post them on the Facebook site or send them to Rosemarie and we’ll add them to our galleries for each paint-out. We also have a general gallery for each month which you can share something you’ve done during the month.

Also note: If the weather looks very bad we will post to the Facebook page and our website that a paint out has been cancelled. Always check those places the morning of the event to be sure. If the weather is “iffy” it’s left up to your discretion whether or not to go.


Next Event!

March 12th – Penny Cup Coffee
Haw Creek (6 Beverly Rd, Asheville, NC 28805)


Our next scheduled sketch session will be on Tuesday, March 12th, at Penny Cup Coffee in Haw Creek (6 Beverly Rd, Asheville, NC 28805). We’ll gather at 9:30 and sketch until 11:30 or thereabout. It’s a fabulous spot with great coffee, yummy treats, and super nice folks.


Special Note:

I also want to plug two upcoming events. From March 1 through April 14 our friend Chris Jehly will be having an exhibit of his plein air watercolors at Tyger Tyger Gallery in the River Arts District, 191 Lyman Street Suite 144. I’ve been privileged to see a few of Chris’ new works and they’re FANTASTIC. Opening reception is March 1 from 6-8.

Planning ahead

Remember to always check the Facebook page, our website, and the weekly Mailchimp for changes. I’ve done my best to create a tentative schedule for the entire year but things do come up, and changes do have to be made.

Planning way ahead …

The North Carolina Arboretum is eager to again have the Asheville Plein Air Painters partner with them for the Azalea Festival. This year’s event was a HUGE hit. So mark those calendars for April 27, 2024. This year they’d also like to host an in-house exhibit of work produced for the festival. It’s going to be great!

Final Note:

If you love to sketch (and who among us doesn’t need more practice?) be sure to check out our “sister” group, The Urban Sketchers Asheville. Their Facebook page can be found at

Thanks and happy Painting, James

Where We’ve been in 2023

Check the Galleries to see past locations of our paint-outs!