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.
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.
Elaine and Peter Adams received Lifetime Achievement Awards from PleinAir magazine for service to the California Art Club, its members, and the larger community of art lovers.
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.
More than $6,000 in prizes were awarded in the America's Parks II competition recently, with a familiar name pulling in the PleinAir Magazine Juror's Choice Award.
Tom Nachreiner took home the Best of Show award at the Plein Air Shorewood event, and a familiar name nabbed First Place.