This year’s Galveston Historic Homes Tour will partner with Outdoor Painters Society’s Plein Air Southwest for their annual member’s competition, show, and sale featuring 44 juried artists. These artists will record history across the island in the form of paintings created during the tour. A public sale of the art will be open on Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the 1859 Ashton Villa, 2328 Broadway. Proceeds from the sale of artwork benefit Galveston Historical Foundation.

Saturday morning, May 11, visitors can stroll among the artists while they participate in the Quick Draw right on the grounds before viewing the exhibit inside. PASW conveniently coincides with the 45th Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour to add to the islands cultural and historical events.

Carol Devereaux

Carol Williams Devereaux is a landscape and figurative artist living in Dallas, Texas.  Originally from Memphis Tennessee she holds a BFA from The University of Mississippi.  Devereaux has continued her art education through attending workshops and conferences nationally and abroad.  Carol is known for her loose painterly paintings of portraits, figures and landscapes in oil and pastel.

Cecy Turner

Cecy Turner is an award-winning artist who teaches oil and watercolor.  She is a Master Signature of Women Artists of the West,  Fellow of American Artists Professional League and member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters and Oil Painters of America.  Articles about Cecy have appeared in American Artist, Art of the West, Watercolor Artist, Southwest Art, and The Best of Flower Painting.  She was chosen by Southwest Art as an “Artist to Watch.”

Christy Kidwell

Christy Kidwell is a native Texas girl born in Houston and currently living in Dallas since graduation for Southern Methodist University. She has continued her art studies with nationally recognized artists. Now her portrait commissions and paintings can be found in private collections throughout the USA.

Chuck Rawle

As a founding member of Outdoor Painters Society, I am pleased to participate in Plein Air Southwest again.   When I decided to paint full time, my wife and I sold our home, bought an RV and hit the road for 10 years.  I knew I needed to be outdoors and on location to really learn to paint landscapes.  Painting outdoors every day in all kinds of weather was the very best training for this landscape painter.  Nature is indeed the best teacher. 

DK Palecek

DK (Deke) Palecek is an award winning oil painter from NE Wisconsin.  While best known for capturing beguiling light in rustic, dilapidated scenes, from farmyards to cityscapes to industrial settings, she proclaims its just a phase she’s going through.  Deke participates in Plein Air Events April through October throughout the US, balanced with long winter solitude in Wisconsin

Fran Ellisor

A nationally recognized, award winning artist, I have been a professional painter for 25 years. Most of my works are painted from life and completed in the alla prima method. Although I have painted across the world, I regularly return to paint where I was raised: the Galveston/Seabrook area. I maintain my studio/gallery near Conroe, Tx. My works are a visual record and an emotional reaction. The process of painting gives me joy, lets me learn and give back.

Joe Anna Arnett

Joe Anna Arnett a native Texas girl began her career in advertising in New York City before moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Now an accomplished painter she has traveled the world with her art.  She was a master artist, producer, and writer for “Passport & Palette” airing on PBS stations across the country.  Passionate about plein air Joe Anna captures the scene with a colorful freshness.

Lon Brauer

Lon Brauer is an American artist known for his work in figure and plein air landscape. His work is a mix of the abstract and representational bringing an impressionistic use of paint and materials to create images that challenge the viewer with new perspectives on the landscape genre.

Peggy Kingsbury

A native Texan, I have painted full-time since 1999. I am hooked on the process of trying to interpret my vision on canvas. My aim is to help viewers see things in a new way because that is a gift! I thank God for helping me see with an artist’s eye.

Randall Cogburn

I’m Randall Cogburn, an internationally acclaimed oil painter who paints what I see in an impressionistic style giving me a unique look to my paintings.  My subjects are seascape, architecture, still life and portraits. Inspired by old and new painters, classical to impressionist, abstract to realism I find a middle ground that has benefited me well my entire art career.

RJ Simone

Robert J Simone is the consummate professional who uses proven methods to produce fine art paintings that stand the test of time.  He is a thoughtful artist who views painting as a prolonged contemplation on the beauty of nature.  The authentic portrayal of light is a central theme in his work.

Robert Rohm

Known for his ability to capture the poetry of light, he has received many awards and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Oil Painters of America and the Outdoor Painters Society. He is the author of the book THE PAINTERLY APPROACH and has been featured in many publications including Southwest Art, American Artist, The Artist’s Magazine, The Pastel Journal, International Artist and the book Pure Color. His painting approach has been the subject of several instructional DVD productions and his work is collected internationally. 

Sherri Thomas

Painting the landscape is my greatest love. Rarely is it difficult to find something in the landscape to paint; the difficulty is choosing which one. Painting outside, the sounds, smell, and activity seem to be transmitted through the paint and onto the canvas. It’s an amazing feeling to capture it and preserve that moment in time.

Spencer Meagher

In the elementary years Spencer Meagher discovered a love of drawing that transitioned into painting when he was a teenager.  He has spent decades honing his skills in watercolor, oil and acrylic.  Now he is reaping the rewards for his efforts as he is able to travel extensively painting this beautiful country, competing in plein air events.

Stuart Roper

Stuart Roper an avid plein air painter, moving to Palo Pinto, TX in 2016, after years of visiting and painting and falling in love with the region.  “There’s nothing like being on location and observing and painting nature firsthand.”  Currently a member of OPS, AIS, OPA, NOAPS, LPAPA and IPAP.

Ted Clemens

Ted Clemens grew up surrounded by Great Swamp NWR in NJ. A career in graphic design took him to Utah then Texas where its landscape and people are of the most interest in subject. Painting to him is about the play of light, shadow and the effect of color in what he sees. 

Tina Bolhman

A Texas native, Tina Bohlman uses the state in which she was raised as both the inspiration and the canvas for her art. Knowledgeable in several mediums, she favors watercolor and oil.  This award winning artist is a veteran of numerous competition plein air and “quick draw” events throughout the U.S. including Plein Air Easton (Maryland), the top-ranked plein air event in the nation.

…and many more!


The Outdoor Painters Society was formed in 1996 with nine charter members.  The goal was to create opportunities and incentive for artists of like mind to come together and paint en plein air (outside in the open air). Now a nationally known plein air artist’s organization with an annual average membership of around 350 members continues to grow. About 75% of OPS members reside in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado. The membership is ‘without borders’ and includes artists all across the country from the eastern seaboard to the west coast. There are 8-9 scheduled paint-outs each year with the outings ranging from one to five days. Locations vary all around Texas including Big Bend National Park, Palo Duro Canyon, and small towns such as Glen Rose and Mineola. At least one event each year can be in another state with favorite locations being New Mexico, Colorado, Arkansas, Arizona, and the Grand Canyon. The premier juried “members only” annual event known as Plein Air Southwest attracts national attention, elite artists, savvy collectors, decorators and locals who just enjoy art.

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