LPAPA plein air - First Place:
First Place: "Jitterbug" (watercolor, 18 x 14 in.) by Geoff Allen

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association celebrated its 19th Annual “Best of Plein Air” Juried Art Show with over 317 entries by 140 artists.

This year’s award winners included 1st Place “Jitterbug” by Geoff Allen, 2nd Place “Morning Glow” by Mark Fehlman, 3rd Place “La Jolla Cove” by Michael Hill, Honorable Mention “Sunset Trail” by Jason Li, and Facebook Fans People’s Choice Award “Crystal Cove’s Legacy” by Mark Fehlman.

As the First Place award-winner, Geoff Allen also received an invitation to participate in LPAPA’s 25th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, October 7–15, 2023.

plein air painting - Second Place: "Morning Glow" (oil, 16 x 20 in.) by Mark Fehlman
Second Place: “Morning Glow” (oil, 16 x 20 in.) by Mark Fehlman

This year’s jurors were: LPAPA Signature Artist Suzie Baker; LPAPA Signature Artist and Board Member Anthony Salvo; and LPAPA Executive Co-Director, Bonnie Langner.

Chosen were 52 original paintings created by LPAPA Signature and Artist Members for the show’s coveted LPAPA Gallery spots. An additional 31 top-scoring semi-finalists are included in the online exhibition. Jean Stern, Director Emeritus of The Irvine Museum, served as awards judge.

LPAPA Senior Executive Director Rosemary Swimm shares, “In creating a work of art for the Best of Plein Air show, LPAPA artists are challenged to create their best plein air painting, knowing that they are competing against the best of the best artists. Only works created in plein air are included in this show.”

Third place: "La Jolla Cove" (oil, 16 x 20 in.) by Michael Hill
Third Place: “La Jolla Cove” (oil, 16 x 20 in.) by Michael Hill

Proceeds from the sale of artwork benefit participating artists and the nonprofit LPAPA, helping to sustain its mission, which is dedicated to painting the landscape, preserving Laguna’s artistic legacy, and promoting the plein air painting tradition. LPAPA strives to enhance the livelihood of its artist members and inspire the next generation of plein air painters.

For more information and to view the show online, please visit lpapa.org.

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