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The 2nd Annual Plein Air on the Santa Cruz Retreat
9 Plaza Rd
Tubac AZ 85646

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Call Type: Workshops
Eligibility: National
State: Arizona
Event Dates: 10/26/19 - 11/20/19
Entry Deadline: 9/9/19
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Entry Fee (The 2nd Annual Plein Air on the Santa Cruz Retreat): $20.00

Plein Air on the Santa Cruz (PASC) 2019

Join us for the second annual retreat for plein air artists at Rancho Santa Cruz in beautiful southern Arizona. Check in on Sunday, October 27th, explore the ranch and surroundings. Monday, October 28th join Tom Blazier, a leading southwest oil painter, for a workshop entitled “Principles for Successful Outdoor Painting” in the morning, followed by a paint out with continuing instruction. A variety of paint-outs at nearby locations and artists gatherings will continue through the week. On Friday, November 1st, hang your art in the exclusive exhibition at Tubac Center for the Arts, a three-week show, and enjoy an artists’ reception with awards. First, Second and Third Place prizes up to $500 cash value, judged by Tom Blazier.

In 2018, half of the artists participating in the retreat sold artwork through TCA, and the RSC gallery. This year enrollment will be limited, so apply early. Packages available with and without lodging at the ranch. Returning participants receive 10% off the cost of lodging. Enrollment limited to the first 25 applicants.

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Made possible by the Tubac Center of the Arts, Rancho Santa Cruz, and the Hilltop Gallery of Nogales

Plein Air on the Santa Cruz

2019 Schedule and Fees

Stay at the Ranch:

Check in Sunday, October 27 – check out Sat Nov 2

Attend the workshop, 3-4 paint-outs, exclusive receptions, and events

$950.00   Private room including breakfast    

$650.00   Shared room including breakfast    

25% deposit holds room - Balance due on arrival

Retreat only, no lodging:

Check in Sunday, Oct. 27

Attend 3-4 paint-outs, exclusive receptions, and events

$250   Retreat Fee including workshop    

Special Reception Friday, Nov. 1 for Plein Air on the Santa Cruz exhibit at Tubac Center of the Arts. The show continues through Nov. 20.

**Returning artists receive 10% off lodging

With questions contact Susan at 386 956-6110

Or Virginia at 520 339-5220

Rancho Santa Cruz:

Principles for Successful Outdoor Painting

Tom Blazier will present a morning workshop/demo Oct. 28 as part of PASC 2019. Tom will create an oil painting in an outdoor setting to demonstrate clear steps for simplifying the complexity of nature and creating a pleasing composition — all within the constraints of a typical 3-hour outdoor painting session. Afterward, Tom will be available to help participants, individually, during the afternoon painting session.

Tom is an accomplished professional landscape painter who lives in Albuquerque. He also teaches landscape painting classes, workshops, and private mentoring sessions. His work can be seen locally at Big Horn Gallery in Tubac, Arizona.

He is a member of Oil Painters of America and is a signature member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, where he was president in 2017.

Learn more about Tom and his art by visiting his website:

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