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Going to the Sun:

The Plein Air Painters of America Paint

Glacier National Park 



 Tom Hughes, Fall Color, oil on panel, 9" x 12"


Opening Reception: May 30, 5:00 - 7:00 PM


On Exhibit: May 31 - August 3, 2019

PAPA Artists came to Glacier National Park in the fall of 2018 to explore and paint the majestic park.  This show will include plein air and studio works from their paint out. 

Participating Exhibit Artists:

Doug Andelin

Kenn Backhaus

Mitch Baird

Mark Boedges

John Budicin

John Burton

Jill Carver

Russell Case

Lorenzo Chavez

Len Chmiel

Gil Dellinger

Kathleen Dunphy

Gerald Fritzler

Lynn Gertenbach

Tom Hughes

Joan M. LaRue

Jean LeGassick

Jim McVicker

Jim Morgan

Ned Mueller

Ralph Oberg

Billyo O’Donnell

Jean Perry

Jesse Powell

Matt Smith

Kathryn Stats

George Strickland

Dan Young

Linda Tippets

Mark Rittorno



Len Chmiel, Summer Rhythm, oil, 15" x 25"

Kathryn Stats, Going to  Cameron Lake, oil, 12" x 16"



About the Plein Air Painters of America

The Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) are the original society of outdoor painters. Their mission is to promote the tradition of painting the landscape directly from life, while providing members and others the opportunities to expand their knowledge through shared experience, extraordinary workshops, and public exhibitions. 

Founded in 1986 by artist Denise Burns, on Catalina Island, California, the Plein-Air Painters of America began as a small group of artists dedicated to painting from life. For the first two decades, PAPA held annual paint-outs followed by an exhibition, in Avalon on Catalina. This format, unique at the time, has given birth to countless similar groups and events across the country. 

In 2007, PAPA expanded its format to include exhibitions in museums and art centers to emphasize the importance of field studies in the process of making studio paintings. Most of PAPA exhibitions are documented in catalogues. 

PAPA members are seasoned outdoor painters and consider some of the best teachers of the genre today, conducting workshops throughout the country and internationally. PAPA also collaborates with Streamline Premium Art Videos to produce instructional videos that are indispensable learning tools.




Matt Smith, President


Jill Carver, Len Chmiel, Joseph McGurl, Dan Young, Vice Presidents


Ralph Oberg, Treasurer


Mark Rittorno, Secretary


For more information on PAPA, their members, workshops and other details,


 Plein Air Painters of America Workshop  

May 31, June 1-2, 2019 in Kalispell and surrounding area

We are planning a workshop weekend with the PAPA instructors. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Visit our Adult Workshop page for more details and to register.

 Adult Workshops 


PAPA Instructors

Presenting at Friday lecture: Jill Carver, Dan Young, Matt Smith, Ralph Oberg, Lynn Gertenbach, Ned Mueller

Instructors for painting sessions: Jill Carver, Matt Smith, Dan Young, Kathryn Stats, Linda Tippetts, Lynn  Gertenbach, Ned Mueller Ralph Oberg





   Lynn Gertenbach painting in Glacier National Park
















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