The 10 new signature members of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association

Ten artists joined the ranks of signature members in the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association on May 14, according to the organization. 

Although the organization has “Laguna” in its name, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association draws its members from the entire United States. The prestigious title of “signature member” is limited to less than 50 artists who demonstrate “not only superior talents as an artist but also the artistic leadership that our artists bring to the plein air genre,” according to LPAPA. More than 400 people are artist members of the association.

A full house at LPAPA’s fundraiser on May 4 at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach

The new signature members are Thomas Jefferson Kitts, Portland, Oregon; Robin Purcell, Danville, California; Larry Cannon, Sonoma, California; Ebrahim Amin, Laguna Beach, California; Lori Putnam, Franklin, Tennessee; Gavin Brooks, Laguna Beach, California; Kim VanDerHoek, Orange, California; Rick Delanty, San Clemente, California; Jose DeJuan, Pasadena, California; and Jeff Sewell, of Costa Mesa, California.

“Afternoon Tide,” by Jeff Sewell, oil, 10 x 8 in. This piece was one of the paintings sold in a silent auction benefiting the non-profit association.

Some of the new signature artists participated in LPAPA’s May 4 fundraiser, “Canvas for a Cause,” which raised $24,000 for LPAPA initiatives such as community outreach, education and mentorship, and scholarships. The event was held at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach. More than 40 LPAPA members contributed paintings to the silent auction, which benefited the non-profit association.


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