Santa Fe Pleinairians Give Gift Of Small Paintings

Gillian Duncan and Michael Belknap from Rochester, Minnesota with their new oil painting ‘La Tierra’ by Marcia Williams. Courtesy photo


A painting exhibit by the Santa Fe Pleinairians is now open in Step Up Gallery at Mesa Public Library. Designed for holiday gift shopping, the show runs through Jan. 2, 2022. Pictured with this article are the proud new owners of one of this show’s “gems.”

The Santa Fe Pleinairians are exhibiting over 75 framed landscape paintings in smaller sizes from 3.5” square to 11”x14” image size. The Pleinairians are a loosely organized group of plein air painters started by John Meister of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) in 2017. He had the idea to start a Santa Fe group of painters who would meet weekly, like the group he belongs to in Albuquerque. Painting every week, we could discover more sites to paint at, and have other artists to paint with. The first outing was to the Cornell Rose Garden in June of 2017 with less than dozen painters on our list. We now have more than 100 members, however, usually 8 to 15 artists show up on any given Tuesday. We always paint on Tuesday mornings, year around, unless it’s raining or snowing! For more information email

The exhibit is open for viewing during regular library hours. If you find a painting you’d like to purchase as a “forever gift” to someone special, the gallery manager will be onsite Monday – Friday: 1pm to 5pm, and on Saturdays: 10am to 4pm. During those hours, you can get help with the online purchasing process, then take your packaged-up painting home the same day. The library and gallery hours are: Monday- Thursday, 10am – 8pm; Friday, 10am– 6pm and Saturday, 10am– 5pm; closed Sundays and holidays.

Purchasing the paintings can be done safely online anytime with a bank card. Two views of each painting and details about media and size are available at: