Summer 2023

Mark you Calendar for Bee Adams Gallery show June 1 – 30.
Link here for more Information about Bee Adams and the show!

Also please take note: Group members Sandy Moore & Virginia Pendergrass will be hosting a show of their plein air works at Trackside Studio, 375 Depot St. in Asheville, NC. The exhibit will be on display in the Trackside atrium from June 1-30, with an opening on Saturday, June 10 from 2-6 pm at Trackside Studios.
Please come out and support two of our own!


Welcome to Summer in the Mountains


EddieMorris June 2022

June is upon us – lots of great outings: Olivette FarmsAmboy Rd. Park in West Asheville • Reems Creek Nursery & Charles Owen Park are planned as outings for this month! These are all venues we’ve done before which everyone enjoys! They always provide some lovely & interesting scenery!

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

Special Word from James …

River Arts DistrictMay 30, 2023  (Tuesday)

Another great day of painting with these fine folks. Thanks to everyone who made it out on this lovely morning.
Look for information on next Tuesday’s paint out at the fabulous Olivette Farms Community. Thanksas always for the support everyone gives in keeping this group going. We’re having a terrific year for the Asheville Plein Air Painters!


Selected images from past June paint-outs.

Some are sites that we will revisit this June. Check out the gallery page for more paint-outs from the past!


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:

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 

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.

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

I look forward to a great 2023 season of the Asheville Plein Air Painters.
Thank you and happy painting!

Next Event! 

Olivette Farms June 6, 2023  (Tuesday)
1069 Olivette Rd, Asheville, NC 28804

This week, on Tuesday June 6th, we return to Olivette Farms (1069 Olivette Rd, Asheville, NC 28804), with its near perfect view of the French Broad River. Note that this is different from our usual Tuesday/Thursday alternating weeks, as the site is booked for an event on Thursday and unavailable to us. We first painted there two years ago and it was an immediate hit. Over and over I heard “How come I never knew about this beautiful place?” If you’ve not yet been there, prepare to be amazed.

We can meet at my house (432 Olivette Rd Asheville 28804) at 9am and carpool the short distance to Olivette Farms OR you can choose to meet us there. Once inside the community it can be quite tricky to find the Pavillon so I have carefully mapped this out.

Directions: From Olivette Rd. turn at the sign (French Broad River Way) into the community. Cross the first bridge and turn Right at the stop sign. When you cross the second bridge make an immediate Left. You will soon cross some RR tracks and as you crest the hill it seems the road is disappearing; It’s not. Stay on that paved road and as you approach the French Broad River the road will veer to the left. The building we will meet at is on the right. We have access to the entire area but please don’t park in any places that might block traffic

As usual we will officially start at 9:30 and gather at noon to share our work. You’re always welcome to arrive at a time good for you and stay as long as you wish.

PAPA Paint-out at Reems Creek  – June 8, 2023 (Thursday)
Reems Creek Roadside Parking lot at 10 AM
All are Welcome … PAPA Website

Directions from Asheville: Take I-26 West toward Weaverville. Take the New Stock Rd. exit. Turn right and then left onto Weaverville Rd. Turn right onto Reems Creek Rd. Follow Reems Creek Road and look for pull-out on the right, near Hamburg Crossing. It is just 300 yards past the intersection for Hamburg Mountain Road. Look for the PAPA banner. Please make sure to sign in on the PAPA event sheet when you arrive.

Come out to enjoy the scenic views of Reems Creek. These mountain ranges and old barns are the perfect North Carolina natural landscape whose beauty needs to be captured while we still can. These views are being purchased by developers who will completely change the terrain and scenic views with another housing development. We are looking for artists to capture these views before they disappear and then later depict what this site becomes so we can show through art some the unfortunate changes happening in our area.

Looking Forward

Looking ahead: Bee Adams will have a show opening at the Asheville Gallery of Art, 82 Patton Ave. downtown. The show runs the entire month, so do stop by and see her latest colorful gems. Bee’s been traveling and painting so she’s not joined us for as many paint outs as I am sure she’d like, but she’s been a stalwart member of this group since the early days. Please make an effort to support one of our own!

Also please take note: Group members Sandy Moore and Virginia Pendergrass will be hosting a show of their plein air works at Trackside Studio, 375 Depot St. in Asheville, NC. The exhibit will be on display in the Trackside atrium from June 1-30, with an opening on Saturday, June 10 from 2-6 pm at Trackside Studios. Please come out and support two of our own!


The following week …  (Thursday) Amboy Rd. Park in West Asheville On Thursday June 15 we’ll be at Amboy Rd. Park in the River Arts District. I recently visited there and they’ve made several upgrades to parking and access. It looks great!

See you then and Happy Painting!

Upcoming Events!

Schedule for upcoming year – which may be subject to change. For information as the event approaches, keep checking back here, the calendar or Facebook. If we have a rain out we’ll do a Cafe Sketch instead. James is also co-coordinating with Preserving a Picturesque America PAPA to schedule our venues with theirs.

6-20 (Tuesday) Reems Creek Nursery
6-29 (Thursday) Charles Owen park
7-6 (Thursday) Blue Ridge Daylilies
7-13 (Thursday) June Bug Asheville
7-18 (Tuesday) Green Valley In Leicester
7-27 (Thursday) Peony Farm in Haywood County
8-1 (Tuesday) Bent Creek with PAPA (Preserving a Picturesque America)
8-10 (Thursday) Paint Rock with PAPA
8-15 (Tuesday) Leicester Library
8-24 (Thursday) TBA
8-26 (Saturday) Lovers Leap with PAPA

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

Where We’ve been in 2023

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