Laguna Art Museum Executive Director Dr. Malcolm Warner, Irvine Museum Executive Director Jean Stern, Best in Show winner Billyo O’Donnell, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association President Greg Vail, and former Laguna Beach Mayor and Invitational co-founder Elizabeth Pearson.

Krystal Allen and Vanessa Rothe, two of our valued team members, report that the 14th Annual event was a great success. Find out who won the awards in the event organized by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association in connection with the Laguna Art Museum.

Michael Situ painting with a crowd watching

Billyo O’Donnell won the $5,000 LPAPA Best of Show award, Debra Huse received the $2,500 Laguna Art Museum Award of Excellence, John Burton won the PleinAir Magazine Award, Gavin Brooks received the Fine Art Connoisseur Award, Jim Wodark went home with the $1,000 Dr. R. Edward H. Boseker Award, Hiu Lai Chong received the $500 Collectors’ Choice award sponsored by LPAPA, and Frank Serrano won the top prize of $500 in the quick draw competition.

Among the other winners were Michael Obermeyer, who won the $500 Crystal Cove Founder’s Prize; and John Burton, Hiu Lai Chong, Randall Sexton, and Peggi Kroll-Roberts, who each won a Randy Higbee Gallery Award. Jean Stern, executive director of the Irvine Museum, selected three winners of the Laguna College of Art and Design Next Generation Scholarship awards:  Steven Morrison (First Place, $300), Lan Duong (Second Place, $200), and Zoey Frank (Third Place, $100).

Scott W. Prior painting

Scott W. Prior won the Award, John Burton received the Laguna Canyon Foundation Award, and Rick Delanty received the Surfrider Foundation Award.

Artists Larry Cannon, Clark G. Mitchell, and Darrell Hill at the opening

“The weather was really beautiful the whole week with lots of sun and warm temps,” Krystal Allen reports. “Attendance at the soiree was a full house, and the exhibit and sale on Sunday was well attended with good sales.”

Artist Debra Huse with Elizabeth Pearson

Artists had the whole week to paint the area. The Laguna Museum hosted an exciting list of events for the week, including a quick draw and silent auction, lectures by Vanessa Rothe, Pierre Guidetti (from Savoir Faire), and Jean Stern, paint-outs with the artists, a “Next Generation Paint-Out” with local college students and one for high school and elementary students, several artist demos, and of course the soiree and sale.


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