“Legacy of the Land,” an exhibition showcasing the plein air and studio work of members of the Plein-Air Painters of America, is on view through May 3 at the California Center for the Arts.
The show is a fundraiser for the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, a group that strives to conserve and protect the San Dieguito watershed from its headwaters in the Volcan Mountains to its mouth, 55 miles west, near Del Mar, California. More than 120 paintings by 20 PAPA members populate the exhibition, while the show also presents work from students from local schools and historical work from past artists who depicted pertinent California scenes.
“View Toward Children’s Beach,” by Ray Roberts, oil, 18 x 24 in.
“Hills of Ramona,” by Ron Rencher, oil, 14 x 18 in.
Featured PAPA artists include Ken Auster, Kenn Backhaus, John Budicin, Lorenzo Chavez, Gil Dellinger, Kathleen Dunphy, Gay Faulkenberry, Lynn Gertenbach, Raleigh Kinney, â€¨Jean LeGassick, Robert Lemler, Joseph McGurl, Ned Mueller, Ralph Oberg, Ron Rencher, Ray Roberts, Randall Sexton, Matt Smith, â€¨Kate Starling, and Brian Stewart.
“Sea Mist,” by Matt Smith, oil, 10 x 12 in.
“Bandy Canyon,” by Ralph Oberg, oil, 14 x 18 in.
“This is the second year that PAPA members have participated in this event,” reports Susan Hallsten McGarry, the director of PAPA. “The returning artists had an opportunity to paint from last year’s field work and have brought studio as well as plein air paintings. Also, many members painted in the area earlier in the year, resulting in seasonal interest. A significant portion of sale proceeds benefits the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, helping sustain the landscape that has inspired so many artists over the decades and is so vital to future generations. PAPA paintings will compare favorably to the complementary exhibition of more than 50 works by early California impressionists.”
For more information, visit the show’s webpage.