Summer 2024


Colleen Parker 2024

Special Word from James …

Thanks again to everyone who made it out to Biltmore Lake. It was a very warm day but the beauty of the area made up for it, and I’m certain it’s a place we’ll return to next year.

As a reminder, all paint outs officially begin at 9:30 and go until noon, but you’re always welcome to arrive a bit early and stay. However, due to the summer heat I again suggest we meet at 9 and share out at 11:30. You’re always welcome to arrive early and stay later.

July 3, 2024 ….. Representing the Asheville Plein Air Painters, Ellen Haack , Erica, and myself spent the morning with these amazing artists from Open Hearts. Thanks to the organizers, the artists, and all involved. It was a blast!

James Cassara – Open Hearts

July 2, 2024 …. Thanks to everyone who came out today and painted at Blue Ridge Daylilies. It’s always such a beautiful spot to gather.

James Cassara – Blue Ridge Daylilies.

Thanks to everyone who joined us on Thursday at Beaver Lake. It was a lovely day and because of the number of people who like to walk around the lake we had a lot of interest in our activities. I handed out several APAP business cards and spoke with one artist who relocated from Asheville and had no idea there was a plein air group in the area. It’s always great to make those connections.

With several newcomers joining us we’ve had a few posts asking how the group works. It’s easy. Events are listed here, on our Facebook page, Instagram, or at There is no membership fee or costs of any sort, with the exception of special events such as demos and workshops. Find a paint out that fits your schedule and come join us! With very rare exceptions, all of our paint outs start at 9:30 and wrap up around noon; except for a few selected sites, of which I will make note, you’re welcome to arrive a bit early and stay late. We’re a VERY flexible group.
Of course if you’re new to plein air and have questions about materials and such or would like to be added to our mailing list, feel free to email me at
I hope you’re encouraged to come out and paint with us!

A special note: We have many more names on our mailing list than we have attendees. Part of that is we have folks who only visit our area on an irregular basis. But if you’re a local and haven’t yet joined us I want to extend a special invite to do so. This is a wonderful group of folks who are coming at this from all levels of experience. No judgement, as we are not here to critique. We’re here to draw, paint, have fun, and support each other. So don’t be shy, we’d love to have you join us.

As Yoda says, “there is no try, there is only do.” And how are we to argue with Yoda?

James ….

Photo by Jim Sargent

Thanks to everyone who made it out to Mills River yesterday, and thanks to Jim Sargent for taking this picture. I again apologize for the late notice that I couldn’t make it, and remind folks to please check Facebook page in the morning of our paint-outs. Things do happen, and in this case it was poor planning on my part and taking on too much.

It’s nice to know this group can carry one without me! Glad all went relatively well!


Planned Schedule of activities – subject to change, so check Website, Facebook or Calendar!

Some changes I am proposing: Last year’s alternating Tuesday/Thursday schedule seemed to work well, but it still leaves out those who work during the week. I’m suggesting we move to a three weekday paint outs and one Saturday per month format. If anyone wants to host a fourth weekday, PLEASE let me know. But I find myself unable to attend four (and sometimes five) paint outs per month. We are the only local group who maintains a weekly schedule, but with my teaching work and desire to travel more I need to scale back a bit.

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.


NOTE: On the Listings pagecheck for a list of this years paint-out events.

Next Event!

Tuesday, July 16, Bent Creek River Park
1610 Brevard Rd, Asheville, NC 28806

This Tuesday, July 16th we’ll be at Bent Creek River Park, located at 1610 Brevard Rd, Asheville, NC 28806. This is NOT Bent Creek, it is the park that is just past the NC Arboretum and sits beside the French Broad River. There’s a fair amount of parking and while the day looks to be quite warm the area is well shaded and the cool breezes from the French Broad keeps it pleasant. My favorite view from the park is the bridge spanning the French Broad, but there’s also a nice auxiliary stream and other possibilities.
Note: Due to the summer heat I again suggest we meet at 9 and share out at 11:30. You’re always welcome to arrive early and stay later.

Looking Ahead

The following week we’re at Owen Park in East Asheville. A great view of the lake, distant mountains, and if you can get them to pose, plenty of geese. I will likely not be there, so you’re encouraged to paint as you wish and welcome any newcomers.

Looking ahead: Last year we did a materials swap that was wildly successful, allowing us to pass off those unused items and score some bargains on things we can use. This year it’s scheduled for Tuesday, September 17 at the Art Garden in the River Arts District. So start setting aside those extras and making a list of things you might want. More details to follow.

Other Events

For those wanting to sketch, the Urban Sketchers of Asheville have several outings planned for the next month. Be sure to check out their Facebook page at for those events, including a special one at the Biltmore Estate.

Thanks as always, stay cool, and enjoy the many beautiful spots that we’re blessed with here in Western North Carolina.
and happy Painting, James


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.

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

North Carolina is blessed with many local plein air groups. If you haven’t done so I suggest you go to their Facebook page at If you find yourself traveling, what better way to see our state than painting with other plein air artists?

Where We’ve been in 2024

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