The Allure of Water: On Location with the Plein-Air Painters of America

Oct 15, 2011 - Jan 22, 2012

Experience water as you’ve never seen it in The Allure of Water ≈ On Location with the Plein-Air Painters of America, which opens at The Haggin Museum on October 15, 2011, amidst a number of special events. The exhibition is on view through January 22, 2012, and documented in a color catalog.

Water is essential to our physical sustenance and psychological bliss, and has inspired artists from the earliest times. Today’s on-location painters are no less intrigued by the challenge of capturing the illusion, movement, and infinite moods of water in pigments on canvas and paper.

Members of the Plein-Air Painters of America (PAPA) and select guest artists went into the field to experience and translate everything from rain, fog and clouds to lakes, rivers and oceans, snowfields and glaciers, swamps and marshes, fountains and waterfalls. The result is PAPA's 23rd Exhibition & Sale, with more than 100 new paintings from across the country.

What is plein-air?
The adjective plein-air refers to the philosophical belief that going into the field and painting on-location, challenging as it may be, is crucial to successfully documenting a visual and emotional point in time and place. The artists in this exhibition are recognized as some of the finest on-location painters in the country.

“What the members and guest artists of PAPA believe,” according to former PAPA President John Budicin, “is that plein-air is nothing more than painting from life, utilizing direct observation to gather information, along with responding visually and emotionally to the subject at hand. For us, the final measure of a good painting is not whether it was executed entirely outdoors, but whether it reflects the artist and withstands the test of time.”

We're looking forward to another exciting year of on-location paintings. For more information, e-mail To purchase tickets to the opening reception, call (209) 940-6316.


Peter AdamsPasadena, CA
Bill Anton*, Prescott, AZ
Ken AusterLaguna Beach, CA
Kenn BackhausRobesonia, PA
Betty BillupsSandpoint, ID
Christopher BlossomStratford, CT
John BudicinSan Bernardino, CA
John CosbyPaso Robles, CA
Gil DellingerStockton, CA
Mary DeLoyht-ArendtScottsdale, AZ
Don DemersEliot, ME
Louise DeMoreLos Osos, CA
Kathleen Dunphy*, Murphys, CA
Andy Evansen*, Vermillion, MN
Gay FaulkenberryDuncan, OK
West FraserCharleston, SC
Jerry Fritzler*, Mesa, CO
Lynn GertenbachCalabasas, CA
Raleigh KinneyTempe, AZ
Frank LaLumiaTrinidad, CO
Joan M. LaRueTucson, AZ
Jean LeGassickSilver City, NV
Michael Lynch*Littleton, CO
Kevin MacphersonTaos, NM
Joseph MendezCulver City, CA Jim Morgan*, Mendon, UT
Ned MuellerRenton, WA
Ralph ObergMontrose, CO
Joe PaquetSt. Paul, MN
Jean PerryTucson, AZ
Ron RencherCanyon Lake, TX
Ray RobertsAngels Camp, CA
Randall Sexton*, Vallejo, CA
Jane ShussFallbrook, CA
Matt SmithScottsdale, AZ
Brian StewartMaplewood, MN
John StobartFt. Lauderdale, FL
George StricklandOro Valley, AZ
Linda TippettsAugusta, MT
Skip WhitcombFt. Collins, CO


*Guest Artist

The Catalog

A full-color, 102-page catalog commemorating The Allure of Water exhibition will be available beginning Friday, October 14, at the gala opening reception for $22.95.

All of the artworks created for the exhibition are reproduced within the catalog, and described by each of the 40 participating artists.

Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum, contributed an essay, and there is a preface by Tod Ruhstaller, CEO of The Haggin Museum.

This well-designed collectible is available at The Haggin Museum Store. To place an order please call the Museum Store at (209) 940-6318.


The following groups and individuals have made this exhibition and its related events possible. The Allure of Water Steering Committee thanks all of them for their generosity.

Title Sponsor
Dino & Joan Cortopassi
Collector’s Circle Gold
Bank of Stockton
Bronco Wine Company / Mary Lynne & John Franzia
KVIE Public Television

Collector’s Circle Silver
Bank of Agriculture & Commerce
Cazale’s Flower Shop
Port of Stockton
The Weber Agency / Jennifer Weber

Collector’s Circle Bronze
California Water Service Company
Capital Public Radio
Duraflame, Inc. / Charles P. Berolzheimer Foundation
Pietro’s Trattoria
A. Sambado & Son Inc.
Thelma Stewart
Collector’s Circle Supporter
James P. Darrah & Judith M. Chambers
Dohrmann Insurance Agency
Downtown Stockton Alliance
Knowlton Gallery
Kautz Ironstone Vineyards / John & Gail Kautz
Miller Hot Dogs
Rubicon Partners Inc.
Stockton Convention & Visitors Bureau
Roger & Marie Valine
Charles & Gail Wagner
Waterfront Warehouse

Collector’s Circle Friends
Frank & Helen Alegre
Design Woodworking, Inc.
Carole Ford
Bob & Barbara Foy
Joan & Michael Heffernan
Anne & Bob Kolber
Anthony & Karla Mattioli
O-G Packing
Victory Park - Stockton
1201 N. Pershing Ave
Stockton, CA 95203
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1:30-9:00 p.m.
1st & 3rd Thursdays