Opportunities offered to plein air painters

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LEWISTON — Area plein air painters recently formed a western chapter of Plein Air Painters of Maine, an artist-driven association that offers outdoor painting sessions through the year.

PAPME was begun three years ago in Boothbay and has since grown to well over 100 members. Every year, an outdoor painting session is held with an end-of-day exhibit. PAPME is also the host organization for Oil Painters of America’a “Great Paint-out” held in August.

Additionally, Gallery 5 in Lewiston will host an open exhibit of plein air works from Oct. 15 to Nov. 6 in collaboration with LA Arts and PAPME.

The western chapter is a way for local artists to get outdoors and paint with other area artists. Twice per month sessions are scheduled to take place in and around the Lewiston-Auburn area as well as in the mountains and along the coast. The first scheduled session for the western chapter is Saturday, May 8.

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Area artists interested in plein air painting are encouraged to join the chapter. For more information about locations and dates, or to become a member, contact the PAPME Western Chapter liaison Michael Ranucci at mjranucci@roadrunner.com.

Scott Hunter of Turner does some plein air painting in Boothbay last summer at the Oil Painters of America’s “Great Paint Out.”

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