"The Force and the Flow," by Sheri Farabaugh, oil, 30 x 60 in. Second Place
Robin Knowlton, the founder and owner of Knowlton Gallery in Lodi, California, served as judge for the contest. "It was hard!" she reports. "Only because there were so many strong paintings that getting down to the winners -- well, it was difficult to eliminate more than a few really strong paintings."
"Beach Figures," by John Slivjak, oil, 14 x 26 in. Third Place
Scott Hiestand earned First Place for his acrylic painting "Glades." Second Place went to Sheri Farabaugh's oil painting "The Force and the Flow." Third Place was won by John Slivjak for his oil "Beach Figures."
"Open Gate," by Peggy Root, oil, 26 x 52 in. Best Plein Air
"Yellow Street Car," by Taeil Kim, oil, 16 x 20 in. Best Buildings
"North Coast Morning Light," by Jim McVicker, oil, 16 x 20 in. Best Water
Category winners include Peggy Root for Best Plein Air, Taeil Kim for Best Buildings, Jim McVicker for Best Water, Carolyn Hesse-Low for Best Studio Landscape, Mitch Baird for Best Outdoor Still Life, Kristan Le for Best Floral, and Hiu Lai Chong for Best Nocturne.
"Afternoon in Central Park," by Carolyn Hesse-Low, oil, 24 x 30 in. Best Studio Landscape
"Duck, Duck, Duck, Goose," by Mitch Baird, oil, 24 x 30 in. Best Outdoor Still Life
"Lilacs," by Kristen Le, oil, 30 x 30 in. Best Floral
The PleinAir Salon consists of six bi-monthly contests, with all category winners in each contest automatically entered into the annual competition. First prize in the annual competition is $15,000 cash and the publication of the winning image on the cover of PleinAir magazine, along with a feature story. Second Place earns an artist $3,000 and an article in the digital edition of PleinAir magazine. Third Place yields $1,500 in cash. Three additional finalists win $500.
"All Tucked In," by Hiu Lai Chong, oil, 10 x 20 in. Best Nocturne