Plein Air Painters

Drawings of Karen Hovde by Sandra Moore

Drawings of Karen Hovde by Sandra Moore from the Murphy-Oakley Center figure drawing sessions

The Asheville Urban Landscape Painters are professional and emerging artists coming together to paint “En Plein Air” — outdoors in natural light. Our Paint-Outs are free and open to the public.

During the winter months we will continue to paint and meet each Tuesday morning. We have an indoor location, the Murphy-Oakley Center on Fairview Rd. for use during the season. This is an enclosed space so please consider using non toxic media. The Oakley Center is located at 749 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC, 28805. Turn on Liberty St. to access the parking lot and the rear of the building. We meet in the multipurpose room which has an entry by this parking lot. It is the basement of the library.

We will also be sketch crawling and painting on location each month. Please contact Sue Dolamore at to receive our bi-weekly email newsletter.

Thank you 2016 Featured Artists

  • March 29 • Bee Adams • Pack SquareBee Adams, Asheville Urban Landscape Project
    “I love color and strive to keep my paintings fresh and loose. I use acrylics, watercolors and a variety of media freely. I always have a sketchbook close at hand.”
  • April 19 • Richard Oversmith • Biltmore VillageRichard Oversmith
    Richard Oversmith allows the setting to speak to him, creating only as many brushstrokes as are needed for the viewer’s eyes to understand and connect.
  • Monique Jutras CarrMay 10 • Monique Jutras Carr • French Broad River Park
    “My focus in painting is to translate a magical moment into an artistic statement. Evoking the emotion of a scene, I consider imagery, atmospheric conditions and colors – often
    pushing or calming them to create the mood I’m after.”
  • Asheville Urban Landscape ProjectMay 31 • Colleen Webster • Pritchard Park
    “I aim to fill each painting with life and inspiration, conveying light, atmosphere, and mood rather than defining a literal copy—it’s not necessary to paint each blade of grass, leaf or branch.”
  • Asheville Urban Landscape ProjectJune 21 • John Mac Kah • Charles Owen Park
    “Painting is to some degree a celebration of those places that survive in the wild state, at the edge; but it is also elegiac and frustrating, as we are losing so much to environmental exploitation every day.”
  • Asheville Urban Landscape ProjectJuly 12 • Mark Harmon • Carrier Park
    Born in Germany, Mark studied icon painting in the Slovak Republic. During years of travel throughout Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala Mark used watercolors. The directness of watercolor later translated into his oil paintings executed “a la prima”, to capture the fleeting effects of light.
  • Asheville Urban Landscape ProjectAugust 2 • Skip Rohde • Asheville Botanical Gardens
    Rohde spent 20 months in Baghdad, Iraq, working with the U.S. Embassy and the Army Corps of Engineers on a variety of reconstruction projects. He has returned to his home in Asheville and is currently creating new artworks while also teaching classes and workshops.
  • Asheville Urban Landscape ProjectAugust 23 • Lisa Blackshear • Basilica of St. Lawrence
    “Although I consider myself an impressionist, when I paint around Asheville I see a uniquely American poetry in the buildings, and find myself thinking as much about Thomas Wolfe and Edward Hopper as Monet.”
  • Asheville Urban Landscape ProjectSeptember 13 • Cathyann Burgess
    “It matters little what I paint. It matters much that I paint. A certain glance, attitude, light or mood communicates with me strong enough to get me motivated to speak back.”
  • September 27 • Robert Simone
    An artist with the ability to see extraordinary beauty in ordinary places.
  • Asheville Urban Landscape ProjectOctober 4 • Jo Ridge Kelley
    Jo’s curiosity, sincere appreciation of the natural world and desire to experiment with strong composition and design have led her on an exciting journey with huge canvases and large brushes.
  • Asheville Urban Landscape ProjectOctober 25 • Rich Nelson
    “Though portraiture is a major part of my career, I also love painting landscape, still life, and figurative gallery pieces. I am endlessly fascinated by people, places, and things and consider it a privilege and a challenge to capture some aspect of their essence on canvas.”