Winter – Spring 2023

HOLD ON … Spring will be here soon ….

…. we are looking forward to another good sketching and painting year ahead. There are so many great places to paint in the Asheville area. We have had many wonderful paint-outs over the past nine years. Check out the galleries and past paint-outs to get an idea of where our group has gone & the many wonderful paintings produced! Also check out our Facebook page  for events, shared paintings & ideas … even a good deal, occasionally, on painting supplies! For upcoming events  (usually occurring on Tuesday mornings), check the calendar.

Brent Adams 2022



From Facebook Brent Adams had this comment: “Cold, damp winter day here. Came across a bright summertime painting of mine and smiled.”

Worth remembering Spring is on it’s way!

This year during the winter we are doing Cafe Sketch Sessions, so check out the Calendar for the next one.

Special NOTE: Asheville Plein Air Painters is an all volunteer group. We get together on Tuesdays at designated sites, usually from April through October. Meeting time is generally from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Check out the Calendar to find out where to meet. There are no dues & currently no mailing list. The Calendar here & our Facebook page keep us informed.

A note from James:

“The Asheville Plein Air Painters cannot continue without help from all of us. If you want to host a week, or two (or more!) PLEASE step forward and do so. This year there will not be weekly reminders, so our wonderful website and Facebook will be the only way to keep up with the wheres and whens of upcoming gatherings. As the season unfolds we hope to add some demonstrations, an indoor event or two, and new locations.”

Let James know thoughts about the upcoming year & particularly if you would like to take part in planning and organizing any of the paint-outs. It would help keep the group going strong!

Email James at:

Cafe Sketching Sessions

James Cassara – December 2022 – Well Bred Bakery

Our next cafe sip and sketch gathering will be on Tuesday, January 24.  We’ll be gathering at the Well Bred downtown location, 1 Page Avenue in the Grove Arcade There’s ample setting and if the weather permits plenty of outdoor places to wander off to.  
The cafe opens at 9 so we’ll plan on a 9:30 start.  As always you’re welcome to arrive early.  Parking can be tight so I suggest the parking garage adjacent to Pack Library.  
Please remember, no oil based paints.  Pencil, ink, and watercolor are your safest bets. 
See you there! 

Note: No oil based paints or any that might potentially stain a carpet or table. Watercolors are fine but let’s try to keep our set ups to an absolute minimum.

This is a great way to involve those new to the Plein Air Painters, those who have been absent, and the regulars who have faithfully painted with us this past year. We hope to see you there. 


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.

We will be continuing with our Tuesday schedule. Unless otherwise noted we will meet at 9:30 and reconvene to share our efforts at 12:30.  As always you’re welcome to arrive a bit early and stay as long as you wish. For all gatherings, it is suggested you pack a lunch and stay to chat with friends.  Given the isolation of the past two years we really want to rebuild our sense of community.

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.

Even though Covid is fading (for good we all hope) there are those who still are taking precautions. Be respectful. Carpool if you can, but abiding by requests for masking, etc. and do help with cost of gas – as James says “It’s the kind thing to do!”

Finally note that there will no longer be a mail out. The very best place to see where the next paint-out will be is to consult the calendar. Bookmark it so you can go directly to it when you wish!

Thank you and happy painting!

Announcing an Upcoming Workshop

Morning Fishing – Aline Ordman

Artist Aline Ordman
“Painting the Figure in the Landscapeā€

May 9,10,&11, 2023 

This event is sponsored by Coleen Hester.
Aline Ordman is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America and The American Impressionist Society. Her oils have been featured in Artist Magazine. You can view her work at

The workshop will be held outdoors in a beautiful location in Black Mountain NC. There are accommodations available at the Monte Vista Historic Hotel nearby with a great group rate for the event.Link to PDF