A juried Art show

Presenting Works by Members of the

Tucson Plein Air Painters Society
October 1 to December 31, 2014






Proceed directly to the Galleries


Welcome to our Fall 2014 online exhibit

paintings reflecting the Plein Air (open air) landscape painting style and the

Scenery of the Southwest.



All artwork(s) in the exhibit will be offered for sale by directly contacting the
artist from the contact information listed in the catalog.


The TPAPS Web Show is split into the following Galleries
Each Gallery is judged and prizes awarded separately

Associate: All New Members

Artist: Juried Membership

Signature: Professional and Academic

See "Join TPAPS" for criteria and membership application


What is a Juried Show

A "juried" exhibition, as opposed to and "open" exhibit, has specific criteria for work which must be met met before it is admitted. It may be limited to subject, style, or credentials of the exhibitor. The TPAPS Web Show is limited to original works by members of the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society*. Work must be created outdoors and reflect the plein air tradition, although subject and degree of abstraction is left up to the artist. Size and media are not limited, since all judging and displays are all done digitally. Works are juried in and subsequently judged and prizes awarded by an independent Juror.


About the Juror Brenda Semanick


I have been a professional artist for over twenty years. My husband, artist David Johnson Vandenberg and I live in Tucson, Arizona where we have passionately made art the central part of our lives.

I am most known for my watercolors of the Tucson Barrio and large floral canvases: cactus, night-blooming cereus, iris and amaryllis. Collections include the Tucson Airport Authority, Sky Harbor Airport, the Tucson Museum of Art, Northwest Medical Center, National Bank of Tucson, and Sonoma State College. For almost fifteen years, I have been the designated artist for the Tucson Winter Chamber Orchestra Festival’s annual poster.

Two years ago I became interested in the possibility of entering the world of public art. I am now working on my fourth public art commission, the new Cushing Street Bridge.
Public Art allows me to use my creativity beyond the brush and palette, to explore and use new media and to stretch my approach to solving creative challenges in a new and exciting way.

My long and devoted career as an art educator has brought numerous awards: 2004 Top Ten Finalist, Arizona Teacher of the Year; Tucson Pima Arts Council 2006 Art Educator of the Year and induction to the Sunnyside School District Hall of Fame. I am proud of the many students who have entered and enriched my life. My students have earned numerous scholarship and Congressional art awards.


Who is eligible to enter


The TPAPS Web Show is limited to members, in good standing, of the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society* or paid pending applicants. For membership information follow this link: http://www.tpaps.com/join.html


Prizes and Awards


Awards selected by juror as follows:
Best of Associate Gallery: $100
Best of Artist Gallery: $100
Best of Signature Gallery: $100
Juror Special Associate Award: $100
Juror Special Artist Award: $100
Juror Special Signature Award: $100



The Plein Air Tradition

Plein Air artists work and study outdoors, directly from nature. We can be found painting pastoral scenes, a portrait, or a cityscape just about anywhere outdoors at anytime of day. We intend to capture, from direct observation, the effect of light on these subjects.


Painting landscapes outside in the open air originated in the Netherlands. In the 1500's artists began venturing out of their poorly lit studios into the open air. They were the artists who initiated painting the pastoral beauty of the land from direct observation. Our influences are the Impressionists like Claude Monet, Camille Pissario, Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisly. Plein Air artists today have also been affected by Cezanne and Van Gogh, as well as the mid 19th century romantic landscape painters like Corot, Rousseau and Millet who considered landscape painting to be "the" aesthetic ideal.

The Tucson Plein Air Painters Society represents the "Best in the Southwest". We paint the wild beauty of the American West, with its vivid light and dramatic effect on color.