PAA was loosely established in 2001 by a group of Austin artists who had been meeting regularly to paint the scenery in the many local parks and natural areas for which the Texas Hill Country is so well-known. The artists casually called themselves Plein Air Austin and even put together a few exhibits, including a significant group show in Santa Fe in the fall of 2003. But the group remained very loosely organized and shows and events were irregular at best.
Late in 2005, Terri M. Wells had a vision of a more stable and structured group which would benefit all artists interested in painting outdoors. In 2006 a board of directors was established and membership benefits created with the hope that the group would flourish and become a respected organization representing talented outdoor painters in Texas and beyond. In 2007, Plein Air Austin gained it's 501c3 Nonprofit status.
Plein Air Austin currently hosts approximately 4 monthly paint outs in Austin and around central Texas. It also provides demos, workshops with local artists and nationally known instructors, hosts networking opportunities to discuss artwork, an annual member show, annual family picnic and an annual painting trip in Texas.
Original board members who created the nonprofit Plein Air Austin were Tricia Butler, Jill Carver, Robin Cheers, Carol Marine, Flo Ulrich, V....Vaughan and Terri M. Wells