Summer 2021

Link below to view Paint-Out Venues!

MAY | JUNE | JULY

 

Important: In the future if you are planning to join the group for a paint-out, please check the  Calendar on the day of the event in case there is any kind of change. In the past most events have gone smoothly, but that is not always the case.

Covid update: With new CDC guidelines, we’ve decided that we will again have a sharing time at the end of the painting sessions for those who would want to participate. Please be respectful of those that wish to continue to protect themselves and others. We also hope that you share your work on-line for those who are not able to attend every event (either on Facebook or by sending to Rosemarie at ashevillerose45@gmail.com).

For anyone coming to this page … we are a loosely knit group of painters (at all levels of skill, media used & styles executed) who enjoy Plein Air Painting as a group. We have no fees and all who want to join us are welcome. To find out about our events (generally held Tuesdays – 9:30am to 12:30pm) all you need to do is either check listings below on this page, on the calendar, through Facebook or you can request to be added to our mailing list through the contact form on this site. Hosting a paint-out, sending out mailings, website & facebook are all done by volunteers. Please respect the environment you are painting in and your fellow artists.

Check out the Schedule for JUNE Plein-Air events!

Bee Adams – St. Johns In the Wilderness 2020

We have one more great event for May, Sandy Mush Farms, which is such a beautiful place to paint! Our June paint-outs are now listed as well with more information, so check them out below or review them on the calendar. If you are on our email list, we will send out reminders a day or two before. (If you would like to be added, fill out contact form and we’ll be happy to add you to the list). However, always check calendar day of event, in case we have a change!

Anther reminder is that with the easing of Covid restrictions, we are now once again doing the post painting sharing time. Check with the host as to were you will meet. Many of the artists have truly missed this portion of our times together. Do join in and do also share on line.

The pass month has seen an out-pouring of images – see the May Gallery. We know that everyone is once again happy to get out into the field and PAINT!

Important:

We are still in need of Hosts for later in the summer and the fall. Our usual schedule goes to November and weather permitting even into November. So if you have a place you would like to take the group, let us know and we’ll guide you and promote your venue. James Cassara is leading us, so please contact him with ideas and plans at jjcassara@gmail.com.

Our thanks to James and all of the Host volunteers who have step forward to keep us all painting!

The June 1 Paint-out at Bauer Ridge enjoyed by all who attended. Below some photos of this event by Kat Bauer!

MAY | JUNE | JULY

 

MAY 2021

May 4 – Zealandia – Host: Bee Adams
Address: 40 Vance Gap Rd, Asheville, NC 28805
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2019 painting demo

Zealandia is an historic home over looking Asheville. It is a Tudor Revival style dwelling, built in 1908. We have painted at this location a number of times in the past. On October 3, 2019 Lisa Blackshear, founder of Asheville Plein Air Painters (then Asheville Urban Landscape Project ), gave a painting demonstration & a brief history of our group. You can see this plus a short video by linking here. Besides the house and the view of Asheville, There are lovely gardens and mountain views in every direction.

Cheryl Keefer – 2014

Meeting time is 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. If you have questions please contact Bee Adams at beeadams50@gmail.com. Thank you for observing the Covid protocol – with masks and social distancing. Parking available, but be sure not to block traffic when you set up. Share your paintings on Facebook or send to website via Rosemarie and we will add your painting to the paint-out gallery. Some past galleries to explore for this location are: 2019, October 3, 2019, 2018, Oct 23, 2018,  2017, 10.10.17, 2014, 5.1.14.

 

May 11 – Changed to Beaver Lake in North Asheville

May 11 –  Water Rock KnobHost: James Cassara
Address: Scott Creek, NC 28779
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James Cassara – 2020

Come paint with us at Water Rock Knob off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  One of 2019’s most popular outings, the Knob offers spectacular views in several directions overlooking forests and mountains. It’s 6200 foot elevation allows for clear skies and although not shaded (making an umbrella a nice option) cool temperature.  Water Rock Knob is 44 miles from Asheville, just past Waynesville NC.  And while the distance is a bit longer than our group typically does it’s more than worth it.  Restroom facilities and a snack shop are on site.

Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. You may want to carpool for this one, but be advised the drivers have the discretion to require masks for the trip – Check on Facebook to see if anyone is setting up a carpool or offer your own. As always observe Covid safety measures. Contact James Cassara at jjcassara@gmail.com if you have questions. Past Galleries: 2020, June 4, 2019, July 25.

Directions: off the Blue Ridge Parkway, 44 miles from Asheville, just past Waynesville NC

May 18 –  Casa CassaraHost: James Cassara
Address: 432 Olivette Rd. in the Erwin Hills community of Asheville
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2020 group beginning outings again after three month lock-down!

A view of pond – see Sandra Moore’s painting in the gallery, June 2020

Keeping it closer to home we’ll be painting at Casa Cassara, James’s own 1.4 acre of serenity.  Lots of wildflowers, pollinators, a fish pond and fantastic views.  432 Olivette Rd. in the Erwin Hills community of Asheville.  Ample parking (and a church parking lot nearby if needed) and two restrooms as he opens his home to fellow artists. 

Comment from 2020:  Sandy Moore commented, “Thank you James for sharing your world with us today.

Directions: 432 Olivette Rd. in the Erwin Hills community of Asheville

Meeting time is 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. If you have questions please contact  James Cassara  at jjcassara@gmail.com Last year James opened his home to the group for the first time and you can see a gallery of their work at: 2020, June 11.

Covid update: With new CDC guidelines, we’ve decided that we will again have a sharing time at the end of the painting sessions for those who would want to participate. Please be respectful of those that wish to continue to protect themselves and others. We also hope that you share your work on-line for those who are not able to attend every event (either on Facebook or by sending to Rosemarie at ashevillerose45@gmail.com).

 

May 25  –  Sandy Mush Farms* – Host: James Cassara
Address: 432 Big Sandy Mush Road, Leicester, NC
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*(depending on availability, o/w we will switch to Ledges Park in Alexander – update will be posted if this happens)

Brian Murphy – August 2020

Sandy Mush Farm is a beautiful farm with open fields, cows, an old log house, restored farm house, barns, and big views of the Sandy Mush valley, including the original general store and chapel of this settlement. Bring your painting supplies and lunch. It is a way out from town and there are no food options nearby.

Meeting time is 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. If you have questions please contact  James Cassara  at jjcassara@gmail.com. Share your paintings on Facebook or send to website via Rosemarie and we will add your painting to the paint-out gallery. Galleries for this location (we’ve been here a number of times) are: 2020, August 6, 2018, May 1, 2017, 4.25.17.

Covid update: With new CDC guidelines, we’ve decided that we will again have a sharing time at the end of the painting sessions for those who would want to participate. Please be respectful of those that wish to continue to protect themselves and others. We also hope that you share your work on-line for those who are not able to attend every event (either on Facebook or by sending to Rosemarie at ashevillerose45@gmail.com) .

 

 
JUNE 2021

June 1 – Bauer Ridge – Host: Kat Bauer
Address: 111 Maramonte Way, Burnsville
Map – see directions below

Bauer Ridge Paint-Out event is open all day from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Bauer Ridge has long views of Mt. Roan in the Unaka Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains, and long views of the Smoky Mountains. The Hawthorne Springs Trail, multi-leveled yard, small fish pond, and our private lane are beautiful areas to paint. The covered wrap around deck has plenty of space for social distancing. Bauer Ridge is surrounded by lush green forest with no other house in sight.

Light refreshments will be available. There are two restrooms available to use. One is handicap accessible on the ground level. For more information and photos about Bauer Ridge please check out the following link. www.aribnb.com/h/bauerridge or www.bauerridge.com

Bauer Ridge is located at 111 Maramonte Way, Burnsville. GPS doesn’t always quite get you there. Directions From Asheville: Take exit 4a I-26 Weaverville to exit 9 Spruce Pine/Burnsville/HWY 19. After about 5 miles turn right onto Bethel Rd. (big white church). Turn right onto Ponder Creek Rd. After 2 miles turn right onto Ponder Mountain Rd. (Note: this is right after the county line sign) Turn right onto Maramonte Way.
Parking is limited. The parking areas fit 6 cars and the rest will park on upper Maramonte Way. Carpooling would be helpful.
We will meet on the deck at 9 and I can explain the details of the property.
With Questions contact Kat Bauer at katherinebauer5@gmail.com

Covid update: With new CDC guidelines, we’ve decided that we will again have a sharing time at the end of the painting sessions for those who would want to participate. Please be respectful of those that wish to continue to protect themselves and others. We also hope that you share your work on-line for those who are not able to attend every event (either on Facebook or by sending to Rosemarie at ashevillerose45@gmail.com) .

 

June 8  Downtown Black MountainHost: Cindy Shaw
Address: Downtown Black Moutain, NC
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Tuesday, 9:30 to 12:30 at Black Mountain, NC

About
Black Mountain was incorporated on March 4, 1893. The first inhabitants of the area were the Cherokee. A road was built through the area in 1850 and railroad followed in 1879.

The downtown area has many eclectic shops, historic buildings, churches and cafes, attracting seasonal tourism, a main staple of the local economy. There are also many quaint bed and Breakfasts. Views of the nearby mountains are easily seen.

Parking : Town Center parking lots and on street (some have pay meters)
Restrooms: Town center park/green space
Host: Cindy Shaw cshawpaint@gmail.com or phone: 703.268.3544

Photos & Information from Black Mountain Tourism board …  Link here for a PDF to print out.

Covid update: With new CDC guidelines, we’ve decided that we will again have a sharing time at the end of the painting sessions for those who would want to participate. Please be respectful of those that wish to continue to protect themselves and others. We also hope that you share your work on-line for those who are not able to attend every event (either on Facebook or by sending to Rosemarie at ashevillerose45@gmail.com) .

 

June 15  Pack SquareHost: Bee Adams
Address: Battery Park Ave and Page Ave
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Because of Construction around Pack Square, Bee Adams will move paint-out to Battery Park Ave and Page Ave. She will meet group near the Wall Street garage exit at the top of the stairs across from the Grove Arcade.

Parking is available in the Wall Street garage, or on the street.
Restrooms in the center area of the Grove Arcade.
Painting options are: The Grove Arcade, The Battery Park Hotel, St. Lawrence, The Flatiron Building, Wall Street and further afield at Pritchard Park or any urban location.

Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm  – Contact host, Bee Adams at beeadams50@gmail.com

Covid update: With new CDC guidelines, we’ve decided that we will again have a sharing time at the end of the painting sessions for those who would want to participate. Please be respectful of those that wish to continue to protect themselves and others. We also hope that you share your work on-line for those who are not able to attend every event (either on Facebook or by sending to Rosemarie at ashevillerose45@gmail.com) .

 

June 22  Lake Tomahawk in Black MountainHost: Marilyn Owens
Address: Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Paint at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Covid update: With new CDC guidelines, we’ve decided that we will again have a sharing time at the end of the painting sessions for those who would want to participate. Please be respectful of those that wish to continue to protect themselves and others. We also hope that you share your work on-line for those who are not able to attend every event (either on Facebook or by sending to Rosemarie at ashevillerose45@gmail.com) .

Bring your own painting gear. Parking is free & available at the park.

Directions: From Asheville, follow US-70 E (13.3 mi) – Turn left onto Cragmont Rd (0.1 mi) – Slight right onto Rhododendron Ave (0.1 mi) – Turn left onto Connally St (335 ft) – Turn right onto Lake Tomahawk Path – Destination will be on the left

Host: Marilyn Owens can be reached at marilyndesigns18@gmail.com

June 29  Downtown Weaverville & Weaverville ParkHost: Yossi Daboosh
Address: Downtown Weaverville
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Painting time: 9:30 to 12:30. Weaverville, just north of Asheville,  has been a favorite place for the APAP group to paint. There are many interesting building & also a well hidden park with lovely scenery. All accessed from the parking lot down town.

Host: Yossi Daboosh can be contacted with questions at dabooshart@gmail.com

Covid update: With new CDC guidelines, we’ve decided that we will again have a sharing time at the end of the painting sessions for those who would want to participate. Please be respectful of those that wish to continue to protect themselves and others. We also hope that you share your work on-line for those who are not able to attend every event (either on Facebook or by sending to Rosemarie at ashevillerose45@gmail.com) .

(Note: painting was done by Lisa Blackshear at an early paint-out in 2015!)

 
JULY 2021

July 6  Blue Ridge DayliliesHost: Bee Adams
Address: 872 Lower Flat Creek Rd, Alexander NC 28701
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The House and the Lilies – Bee Adams

9:30-12:30 The peak flowering for the day lilies is the 4th of July. This welcoming site has the largest collection of premium Day Lilies in  WNC  and only 15 minutes North of Asheville. July is the height of the bloom season and the gardens are wonderful. There are two large fields of day lilies bordered by unique garden landscaping with whimsical garden ornaments, bird houses,  ducks in a small stream, a farm house view (across the street from the gardens)  and an old house on the hill overlooking the gardens. There is morning shade to paint in on the far side of the fields. A sun umbrella would be good to use as it would give you more site choices. Porta-potties are on site. Parking can be limited, carpool with a friend if you can. Day lilies are also available for sale at the farm. Bug spray recommended. We can meet to share our work at 12:00 (check with B. Adams where to meet) . Contact Bee Adams … if you have questions …

Covid update: With new CDC guidelines, we’ve decided that we will again have a sharing time at the end of the painting sessions for those who would want to participate. Please be respectful of those that wish to continue to protect themselves and others. We also hope that you share your work on-line for those who are not able to attend every event (either on Facebook or by sending to Rosemarie at ashevillerose45@gmail.com) .

Link to Blue Ridge Lilies for more information

July 13  UNCA Botanical GardensHost: Yoosi Daboosh
Address: 151 W T. Weaver Boulevard, Asheville, NC 28804
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Meryl Meyer (2015)

Join us at the Botanical Gardens of Asheville for a plein air paint out. A half-mile trail meanders through these gardens that feature 600+ species of Appalachian plants. Parking is limited. The restrooms do not open until 10am, when the gift shop opens. This event is free and open to all ages, media, sketchers and painters. The facility has limited handicapped accessibility as the terrain can be bumpy.

Directions: From downtown Asheville – Head east on Patton Ave toward Haywood St (430 ft)
– Turn left onto N Lexington Ave (0.3 mi) – Continue onto Broadway St (0.4 mi) – Slight right to stay on Broadway St (0.6 mi) – Turn right onto W T. Weaver Boulevard (325 ft) – Turn left – Destination will be on the left.

Contact Yoosi Daboosh dabooshart@gmail.com if you have questions. Continue to practice safe

Covid update: With new CDC guidelines, we’ve decided that we will again have a sharing time at the end of the painting sessions for those who would want to participate. Please be respectful of those that wish to continue to protect themselves and others. We also hope that you share your work on-line for those who are not able to attend every event (either on Facebook or by sending to Rosemarie at ashevillerose45@gmail.com) .

 

July 20  Riverside CemeteryHost: Lissa Friedman
Address: 53 Birch St, Asheville, NC 28801
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Riverside Cemetery was founded in 1885 and encompasses 87 acres within Montford. The area is very rolling and has lots of large trees making it well shaded. There are lots of interesting monuments and mausoleums among the regular grave stones.

Lissa (lissafriedman@gmail.com) said that there is an office building where we can use bathrooms. We just have to park off the side and not block the road, and avoid funerals. Please contact her with any questions.

Times are 9:30 am to 12:30pm. Covid update: With new CDC guidelines, we’ve decided that we will again have a sharing time at the end of the painting sessions for those who would want to participate. Please be respectful of those that wish to continue to protect themselves and others. We also hope that you share your work on-line for those who are not able to attend every event (either on Facebook or by sending to Rosemarie at ashevillerose45@gmail.com) .

 

 


A number of our members are also members of the Asheville Gallery of Art who with the great effort of many of their artists have remained open and doing business (with safe guards) during this past year. They are currently looking for a few committed artists to join them … so check out this video and also go to Asheville Gallery of Art web site

June 2021

Turning to Summer in the mountains. Some Lovely painting this month. Looking forward to seeing your paintings from future Paint-outs!

Finally share your art work with us on FaceBook or send your images to Rosemarie.

Challenges of 2020

Our final word for the year is to wish each and every member and follower of the Asheville Plein Air Painters group a very Happy New Year and Safe, Healthy 2021!

This year has been quite a test for Asheville Plein Air Painters! We started by changing how we organized our group, taking the burden off of the shoulders of Sue Dolamore. Instead we asked for volunteer hosts to organize the paint-outs (which when we resumed our weekly adventures, turned out great)! Then we also had to contend with a world more or less turned on it’s head and figuring out the best way to still be able to get out and paint with a group was a real Challenge.

Now that winter is upon us we’ve decided that continuing as we did in the past is not in the best interest of the group, so we will not do our usual indoor gatherings. Instead we’re asking that if anyone wants to try and put together an outdoor Plein Air event during a nice patch in the weather, do let us know and we will promote it here, on the calendar and on Facebook. Also if you want to call out to the group through Facebook for  “it’s a beautiful today – want to join me in at (some interesting outdoor spot)” don’t hesitate, there are some “very” dedicated members! Check out November Gallery below!

A big thank you to everyone who volunteered to host a paint-out during the 2020 season James Cassara, Hyn Patty, Kathleen Forrest, Sandra Moore,  Anne Marie Brown, Kimberlee Kepper, Don Osterberg, Cindy Shaw & Lynn Starun. Even those who did not join in the outings, appreciated seeing the work that was done. Finally, to those that could not join the group’s paint-outs, we are so glad that you have shared the wonderful work you produced during this stressful year.

Note: The painting tips that Ed Morris has shared with us over this past year can now be accessed under resources.