Plein Air Painters of Hawaii
Plein Air Painters of Hawaii (PAPOH) was founded to create a statewide organization to hold paint-outs, exhibits, to provide opportunities to share locations and paint together on the different islands. We attract collectors through publicity and promotion of this most honest approach to painting.
When I registered the name, “Plein Air Painters of Hawaii,” I knew exactly how I wanted to form this organization. Of course that original idea has changed dozens of times since. From suggestions by countless artists and conversations with magazine editors, to experiences such as going to a Plein Air Painters of America event in Lake Tahoe, to attending art shows and workshops, along with a few years of research, this evolving idea continues to take shape. It’s been very much like the painting process itself that changes with every brushstroke. We are attempting to model PAPOH after other successful plein air organizations across the country. Talking with them about their successes and failures has been a great resource.
Instead of handpicking friends and well known artists of Hawaii, I wanted to find the best plein air painters I could to become the signature members in the most fair and unbiased way possible. I chose not to have a Hawaii juror because I didn’t want to put anyone in the position of having to choose among his or her peers in this tight-knit art community of ours. John Cosby, a mainland artist whom I respect, graciously agreed to jury our shows. He has juried many shows and understands the process of putting together a plein air organization. He helped form Laguna Plein Air Painters Association years ago. LPAPA has been wildly successful in achieving its goals. Having John jury our signature member competition has removed any Hawaii juror from the selection process and thereby removes any bias we might have if we were to try and do it.
Thanks to everyone for your time, input, and collective creative spirit.
Our mission is to foster and promote the advancement of plein air painting in Hawaii.