6 Stars From the April Salon

Jean Stern, art historian and Director Emeritus of The Irvine Museum, has revealed his selections for the winners in the Plein Air Salon monthly art competition.

Congratulations to the winners of the April 2021 Plein Air Salon!

First place will receive a cash prize, plus all winners will be entered into the judging for the annual cash prizes, including the $15,000 grand prize for the best painting of the year, and they’ll see their painting on the cover of Plein Air Magazine. Could you be the next winner?

Plein Air Salon, April 2021 Winners:

1st Place Overall: “Monterey Wharf #2 – Calm Waters” by Mark Farina

Plein Air Salon April 2021 First Place
Mark Farina, “Monterey Wharf #2 – Calm Waters,” oil, 30 x 30 in.

2nd Place Overall: “Meet-up at Barnies in Winter Park” by Morgan Samuel Price

Morgan Samuel Price, "Meet-up at Barnies in Winter Park," oil, 16 x 20 in.
Morgan Samuel Price, “Meet-up at Barnies in Winter Park,” oil, 16 x 20 in.

3rd Place Overall: “Calm Afternoon At Mendocino Point” by Scott Anthony

Anthony Scott, "Calm Afternoon At Mendocino Point," oil, 12 x 16 in.
Scott Anthony, “Calm Afternoon At Mendocino Point,” oil, 12 x 16 in.

Best Plein Air: “Feels Like Home” by Elizabeth Pollie

Elizabeth Pollie, "Feels Like Home," oil, 12 x 12 in.
Elizabeth Pollie, “Feels Like Home,” oil, 12 x 12 in.

Best Landscape Painting: “Looking West” by Jane Hunt

Jane Hunt, "Looking West," oil, 24 x 18 in.
Jane Hunt, “Looking West,” oil, 24 x 18 in.

Best Outdoor Still Life: “Low Country Boil” by Suzie Baker

Suzie Baker, "Low Country Boil," oil, 16 x 20 in.
Suzie Baker, “Low Country Boil,” oil, 16 x 20 in.

View the rest of the Plein Air Salon winners soon at pleinairsalon.com/winners.
Note: Judges are not provided with contestant names.

The next round of the Plein Air Salon has begun so hurry, as this competition ends soon. Enter your best art in the Plein Air Salon here.

New This Year! We’re now offering a People’s Choice Award in each monthly cycle, with a prize of $100! (When you enter your painting, you’ll be able to “promote your artwork” with a special link.)

About the Plein Air Salon:

In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual competition, with monthly cycles leading to annual Salon Grand Prize winners, is designed to stimulate artistic growth through competition. The competition rewards artists with $30,000 in cash prizes and exposure of their work, with the winning painting featured on the cover of Plein Air magazine.

It is our belief that cash prizes provide further inspiration and an avenue for artists to thrive and create new work by helping alleviate financial pressure.

Winners in each monthly competition may receive recognition and exposure through Plein Air magazine’s print magazine, e-newsletter, and social media. Winners of each monthly competition will also be entered into the annual competition.



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