Fifteen more artists were added to the pool that will compete for $21,000 in prizes in the PleinAir Salon. Who’s on the list?
The next deadline is November 30, for the October-November contest in the PleinAir Salon. In April, annual winners will be announced at the 2016 Plein Air Convention & Expo. The PleinAir Salon consists of six bi-monthly contests, with the First, Second, and Third Place winners of each contest, and the category winners, automatically entered into the annual competition. First prize in the annual competition is $15,000 cash and the publication of the winning image on the cover of PleinAir magazine, along with a feature story. Second Place earns an artist $3,000 and an article in the digital edition of PleinAir. Third Place yields $1,500 in cash, and three additional finalists win $500.

“Summer Light, Pt. Lobos,” by Brian Blood, oil, 24 x 36 in. Second Place

“Rose Cascade,” by Camille Przewodek, oil, 9 x 12 in. Third Place

Aside from First, Second, and Third Place overall, categories include Best Oil, Best Pastel, Best Watercolor, Best Acrylic, Best Plein Air, Best Building, Best Figure in the Landscape, Best Floral, Best Landscape, Best Outdoor Still Life, Best Nocturne, Best Water, and Best Artist Under 30.

“Monterey Wharf,” by Bob Upton, oil, 11 x 14 in. Best Oil

“Admiring the Roses,” by Ardith Staroska, pastel, 24 x 18 in. Best Pastel

The winner of each bi-monthly contest is featured in this e-newsletter and profiled on The current contest has a deadline of November 30. Jim Peterson, the owner of Mockingbird Gallery in Bend, Oregon, will serve as the contest’s judge. Enter now at the Salon’s website.

“High Sierra Sparkle,” by Marilyn Wear, watercolor, 12 x 20 in. Best Watercolor

“Sonoma Coast,” by Scott Anthony, acrylic, 18 x 24 in. Best Acrylic

“Imnaha Dawn,” by Melanie Thompson, oil, 36 x 48 in Best Artist Under 30

In the August-September contest, Brent Cotton took the top prize, First Place, with his oil painting “The Awakening Dawn.” Second Place went to Brian Blood for his oil “Summer Light, Pt. Lobos.” Third was won by Camille Przewodek for her painting “Rose Cascade.”

“Carrie Furnace 2,” by Richard Sneary, watercolor, 10 x 14 in. Best Plein Air

“Pierce,” by Sung Kim, oil, 36 x 36 in. Best Building

“Among the Hydrangeas,” by Anna Bain, oil, 36 x 24 in. Best Figure in the Landscape

In the media categories, Bob Upton won Best Oil for “Monterey Wharf,” Ardith Staroska won Best Pastel for “Admiring the Roses,” Marilyn Wear won Best Watercolor with “High Sierra Sparkle,” and Scott Anthony earned Best Acrylic for his piece “Sonoma Coast.”

“Joyful,” by Elizabeth Robbins, oil, 20 x 24 in. Best Floral

“Blue Mesa Range,” by Jim Wodark, oil, 24 x 30 in. Best Landscape

Melanie Thompson was named Best Artist Under 30 for her work “Imnaha Dawn.” The Best Plein Air was “Carrie Furnace 2” by Richard Sneary.

“Twilight Camp,” by Brent Cotton, oil, 7 x 9 in. Best Nocturne

“In the Potting Shed,” by Ann Kraft Walker, oil, 18 x 24 in. Best Outdoor Still Life

“The Calming Force,” by Linda Wilder, acrylic, 24 x 36 in. Best Water

There were also categories based on subject matter. Best Building was won by Sung Kim for “Pierce.” Best Figure in the Landscape went to Anna Bain for “Among the Hydrangeas,” and Best Floral was “Joyful,” by Elizabeth Robbins. Jim Wodark won Best Landscape with “Blue Mesa Range.” The Best Nocturne was “Twilight Camp” by the top prize winner, Brent Cotton. Best Outdoor Still Life was won by Ann Kraft Walker for “In the Potting Shed.” Best Water was “The Calming Force” by Linda Wilder.


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