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History of the Three Painting Divas
The Three Painting Divas, Amy Evans, Julie Gowing Hayes, and Addren Doss were brought together by a love for painting outside.  They all were dedicated plein air artists before meeting at Associated Artists in Winston Salem, North Carolina.  In 1999 they started venturing out together and soon were joined by other like-minded artists to paint on a weekly basis.  In 2000 they sat down and wrote a set of bylaws that officially established the Piedmont Outdoor Painting Society (POPS) as the first organized plein air group in North Carolina.   These three were known as the “die-hards” of the group.  They would leave early in the morning and drive anywhere for the opportunity to paint a beautiful location, even persevering through near-freezing cold, sweltering heat, rain, snow, fog, wind and bugs!
All three artists were represented by Germanton Art Gallery in Germanton, North Carolina and participated in the annual “Paint North Carolina Show and Exhibit” every year until the Gallery eventually closed.  After a few years the “Painting Divas," as they were jokingly called, started traveling to other parts of North Carolina to paint and add variety to the show.  They painted on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the southern coast of North Carolina, the mountains of western North Carolina, and the piedmont of North Carolina. 
After a few years Amy and her family relocated to Breckenridge, Colorado, but she would come back to North Carolina to participate in these shows.  Later Julie and her family relocated to Bella Vista, Arkansas.  Their close friendship and love of art remained important, and The Divas (the name had stuck) began making week-long painting trips to other areas of the country.  They would take turns planning where these painting adventures would take place….Taos, Santa Fe, and Abiquiu, New Mexico; Savannah, Georgia; the Ozarks [...]

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