The finalists were named every two months, as the ongoing contests over the past year added candidates to the list of those eligible for the PleinAir Salon's Grand Prize of $15,000. Last week, the winner was announced at the Plein Air Convention & Expo.
For more than 700 painters, Friday was a day of exhilaration, inspiration, and weariness, as they emerged from four days of intense painting, talking, learning, and laughing at the Plein Air Convention & Expo in Monterey, California.
The Outdoor Painters Society, a Texas-based organization, expanded the Plein Air Southwest Salon this year to include a few select non-members. The winners of this high-caliber competition came from Arkansas, Washington State, and other locales.
In this series, plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie takes a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and points out why they succeed as painted images. This week, Anthony Weitz's "Mellieha -- 24.2.14."
The Plein-Air Painters of America (PAPA) gave Jean Stern, executive director of the Irvine Museum in Irvine, California, the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award on April 5 at the PAPA exhibition and sale at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.