By Kathy Halbert

Read details of each artist on the given website or newspaper articles. Some highlights are provided here.

Karen Halbert: Oil Landscape Painter since 2001. Santa Fe and Quail Creek (formerly, Manhattan and Woodstock, NY)

Purple Sage Gallery – Albuquerque, NM,

Experienced college teacher: the Peace Corps and NYC.

Website Administrator, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico,   Participant in many juried art shows from Woodstock, NY to New Mexico.

Mary Beth Ray: Professional Oil Painter and Teacher since 1994, Madera Reserve.

Galleries:   Zforest Gallery, Tubac, AZ since 2003, The Pink Door Gallery, 201 N Court AVE, suite 120, Tucson, and now also represented by the Zforrest Gallery in Makawao, Maui.

An experienced college teacher, Beth Currently teaches through Green Valley Recreation and does frequent demos in Southern Arizona.

Member of several prestigious artist’s organizations and exhibitor at many juried shows. Beth recently won the Best of Show, Plein Air, BRAI of Southern New Mexico, October 2014.


Sue Bowerman: Oil, acrylic, pastel and mixed media Painter since 2006. Michigan and Quail Creek, Arizona.

Sue is a member of PAPNWM, Plein Aire Painters of Northwest Michigan. Last summer she exhibited at the Traverse City Opera House with another group, The Magic Thursday Painters. They will exhibit again this summer in July and August and in November and December

Sue won the People’s Choice Award, Glen Arbor Art Association Paint Out 2013. In July 2014, Sue was honored with a featured northern Michigan newspaper article,


Molly M. Hyde: Oil Still Life and Landscape Painter since 1991. Quail Creek, Arizona.

The Silver Hat Gallery, Green Valley. Has exhibited at Tohono Chul and at the Tubac Center for the Arts.

Active Artist Participant in the largest Studio Tour in the country: The El Dorado Studio Tour, Santa Fe, 2005-2013. Molly was part of the Putney Painters Group with master painter, Richard Schmid for 5 years. Molly earned an Honorable Mention award at the prestigious New Mexico Masterworks Art show in 2009. Exhibited in many juried shows throughout New Mexico and Texas. In 2010 Molly was a featured artist in “The Art Lover’s Guide to Collecting Fine Art in Santa Fe, NM” in American Art Collector Magazine’s May issue.

I met Molly in a Santa Fe plein air class 2005-2009. We continued to run into each other at various exhibitions throughout New Mexico as members of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM).   Then at one of her studio shows we discovered that she was moving to Quail Creek (2013), a favorite vacation spot for us. I introduced her to Beth Ray, a nearby resident (and fellow member of the PAPNM), and they have been painting together ever since. Last year and this year, Sue and I joined them. We liked it so much that Sue and I are now the owners of homes here in Quail Creek, and I expect that we will continue to paint together in the coming years over the long winters.


All four artists used art throughout their careers in various ways from mathematics and biological sciences, to retail shop advertising and art therapy! Be sure to look at the websites and articles for more details and insight.

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