Winter – Spring 2023

A Word From James:

Next Cafe Sketch … Thursday, March 30 at
 Penny Cup Coffee – 857 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804.

There is ample parking and a large interior space. We’ll start at 9 and stay as long as you wish.

Upcoming events!  

Please see the above information from our friends at Preserving a Picturesque America for a special Saturday April 1st paint out. I cannot be there but I am hoping many of you will be able to attend. 


First Official Plein Air Painting session … Tuesday, April 4th
WNC Farmers Market
570 Brevard Rd, Asheville, NC 28806

Our first official paint out of the year will be at the WNC Farmers Market (570 Brevard Rd, Asheville, NC 28806) on Tuesday, April 4th.
More information to follow.

The information will also be posted on our website ( and our Facebook page.

Thanks as always, The group is ever evolving so suggestions for paint out venues and other ideas are always welcome. See you soon,

email List:

We now have 58 artists signed up to receive email updates, which is a great start. Since this list is newly built that means everyone who has signed up wants to be included at some point. If you would like to be added, please email James Cassara at 


ATTENTION Asheville Plein Air Painters!

Big changes are coming to our group, changes which I feel will re-energize us and further our reach in the community.

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.

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.

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.

I look forward to a great 2023 season of the Asheville Plein Air Painters.


…. 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 or below 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.

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!”

If you want to be added to the mailing list, please send James Cassara a request at

Thank you and happy painting!

Announcing an Upcoming Workshop

Morning Fishing – Aline Ordman

Artist Aline Ordman
“Painting the Figure in the Landscape”

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