Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Kind Words

While unpacking the paintings for the upcoming show, we are also compiling short biographies of each artist included in the show to travel to the exhibits so that everyone can know more about the artists that created the beautiful work they are viewing. While reading Sandy Askey-Adams biography I came across this quote from her and just wanted to share it with all of you and thank her for the kind words. She sees aspects of PaintAmerica other than enjoying the beautiful work but also using art to spread a message. Thanks Sandy!

“And perhaps my paintings will help serve as a reminder of the importance of appreciating, preserving, and taking care of our American landscape and seascape, wildlife and all of nature for the sake of all life on this earth. Through PaintAmerica Top100 and their other competitions, their shows and their selected paintings we may be able to see the beauty of nature and what we would be missing”.
--Sandy Askey-Adams

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Paintings are arriving!

The Top100 and MiniTop50 paintings are arriving on a snowy day here in Topeka, Kansas. We've seen many cold mail delivery people carrying in boxes with beautiful paintings inside! We always say its like Christmas here at PaintAmerica as the paintings arrive and we get to unpack the boxes. We first learn to appreciate then via digital slide, but unwrapping a box and viewing the original painting for the first time just feels like Christmas morning!

Thank you to all the artists who have made their way to mail their paintings. We are looking forward to the opening of the show February 15th in Topeka, Kansas!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Second Annual PaintAmerica MiniTop50

Below you will see the winners of the MiniTop50, just a few of the 50 amazing pieces that make up the Second Annual PaintAmerica MiniTop50!

Grand Prize Winner
"Springtime in Wiscasset"
Thomas Marcotti

Paul Jackson Juror's Award
"Stellar Jay"
Sandra Williams

Sallie K. Smith Juror's Award
"Tulip Bed"
Eileen Nistler

Director's Choice
Ray Hassard

Award of Distinction
"Streets of New York - The Red Umbrella"
September McGee

Please click here to view a full list of the PaintAmerica MiniTop50

Announcing Second Annual PaintAmerica Top100 Winners

After an exciting weekend of judging work by America's best artists, it is time to announce the Second Annual PaintAmerica Top100!

Grand Prize Winner
"Badger State of Mind"
Suzanne Ellis

Paul Jackson Juror's Award
"Morning Assembly"
Suzie Seerey-Lester

Sallie K. Smith Juror's Award
"Twilight on the Pacific"
Ezra Suko

Director's Choice
Johne Richardson

Please click here to view a full list of the 2007 PaintAmerica Top100

Monday, January 14, 2008

2007 PaintAmerica Top100 & MiniTop50

We just finished a great weekend with jurors Paul Jackson and Sallie K. Smith! Paul and Sallie spent the weekend viewing all the wonderful entries we received for the Second Annual PaintAmerica Top100. Now we are busy tabulating the results so we can let all of the wonderful artists from all over the country know of their accomplishments!

Also, many area artists had the unique opportunity to attend a workshop by internationally known watercolorist Paul Jackson. He demonstrated some of his methods while excited artists looked on. Thank you Paul for providing the artists with this opportunity! Check back for more opportunities to attend a seminar like this one!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Looking for a Paint the Parks100 prospectus?

Click here to obtain an entry form for America's leading competition and exhibition designed to illustrate the beauty and significance of America’s National Parks!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

PaintAmerica Scholarship

One of PaintAmerica's missions is to provide scholarships for young artists pursuing an education in art. We are currently going through the applications for this year scholarship and will announce the winner on February 15th!

If you will be a high school senior next year and are interested in applying for the PaintAmerica scholarship, send us an email and we will send you an application.

Good Luck to all of our scholarship applicants!

Monday, January 7, 2008

PaintAmerica Announces 2008 Paint the Parks Call to Entries

PaintAmerica, a national, non-profit organization to support and promote the visual arts, has announced the Call to Entries for the 2008 “Paint The Parks” National Artists’ Competition. Paint The Parks will attract many of our nations’ top artists, with a $10,000 purchase award for the Grand Prize. Many other cash prizes and purchase awards will also be available, making Paint The Parks one of the country’s richest art competitions. Full details and entry forms are available at

The 2008 Paint the Parks100 Competition and the Paint the Parks “Mini50” provide the country’s top national venue for established and emerging representational artists to showcase their talents. The competition celebrates our country’s national parks, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the National Parks Foundation ( The competition also supports the PaintAmerica mission of providing scholarships for young artists and promoting the visual arts across America.

The Paint the Parks Competition format rewards artists with great potential for sales of their work. It also provides recognition, exposure and awareness through a national traveling exhibition and an online display. The exhibition will be shown in venues such as The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, St. Louis, MO; The RW Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA; and The CACEG Gallery; Estes Park, CO. Showcasing the beauty and qualities of America’s National Park system as seen through the eyes of its artists is another benefit of the program.

The Second Annual Paint the Parks 100 carries on the tradition of the long-running Arts for the Parks competition. Last years grand prize winners were John Agnew of Cincinnati, OH for his painting “Looking for the Shore” and Ray Hunter of Santa Barbara, CA for his mini painting “Lesson on the Yellowstone”.

Entries representing any of the 390 National Parks are submitted and judged within one of the three National Park Regions. The highest scoring painting from all entries is named the Grand Prize Purchase Award Winner and claims a $10,000 purchase award. It, and the top 33 paintings from each of the three regions advance to the Paint the Parks100. Other artists in the top 100 also have the chance to receive additional cash prizes and purchase awards. Recognition is also given to the “2nd 100” artists.

The “mini” competition is for works up to 180 square inches. The full-size competition accepts work up to 720 square inches. A discounted entry is available for meeting the early deadline of May 1, 2008. The final competition entry deadline is May 31, 2008. Galleries interested in exhibiting the Paint The Parks Top100 should contact PaintAmerica at

P.O. Box 4031 • Topeka, KS 66604 • 785.273.4502 • fax 785.273.4510 •

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We are looking forward to a new year full of wonderful competitions and exhibitions!

We are busy preparing for the judging of the Second Annual PaintAmerica Top100 and MiniTop50! Paul Jackson and Sallie K. Smith will be visiting Topeka, Kansas January 11th-13th to pick this years Top100 and MiniTop50. Check the PaintAmerica website the following week to view the winners. We are very excited about this show and look forward to everyone being able to enjoy the talent of all of the PaintAmerica artists!

This is going to be an exciting year for PaintAmerica!