Through April 27, the California Center for the Arts will show more than 60 pieces from historic and contemporary painters that underline the importance of land conservancy in the San Diego area. 

Painting by Ralph Oberg

The exhibition includes work by early California Impressionists that gives viewers an idea of how the land in the San Dieguito River Valley has already changed. Wet pieces from the Plein-Air Painters of America (PAPA) completed on site immediately before the show depict the land today in both plein air studies and studio pieces. There’s also a “future” component to the show — local students have their work on display as well.

Gay Faulkenberry paints at Barnett Ranch in Ramona, California.

“Along Temescal Creek,” by Ralph Oberg

Chris Khoury, past president of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, sums it up: “Those visiting the exhibit will be treated to plein air art from the past and present. The historical exhibit includes more than 60 carefully selected works from private and public collections. The wet exhibit, painted by acclaimed artists of the Plein-Air Painters of America, features the San Diego region. A portion of the proceeds from the sales will help protect the landscapes for future generations of artists.” 


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