The fifth annual Mendocino Open Paint Out (MOPO) recently concluded in California in which six prestigious featured artists and 64 participating artists created 438 works in total. Which of these rose to the top?
Nearly $9,000 in cash and prizes were up for grabs during the 5th annual Mendocino Open Paint Out this year. Hosted September 18-24 by the Mendocino Art Center (MAC), the event presented the public with free opportunities to watch artists paint en plein air, attend featured artist hosted demonstrations, attend daily “wet paint” sales with new watermedia, oil and pastel paintings hung each day, and watch the Quick Draw Competition and cast a vote for winning pieces.
The 438 paintings created throughout the event were judged by featured artists John Hewitt, Jody Bryan, Maeve Croghan, Susan Elwart Hall, Chuck Kovacic, and Jim McVicker. Wendy Brayton was awarded the PleinAir magazine award for overall consistency while Rolando Barrero’s watercolor “Noyo Harbor” earned the artist the PleinAir Collector Featured Artist Award.
Carolyn Lord’s “Autumnal Equinox Heliotropes” was the “Best in Show” award winner, sponsored by Southwest Art magazine. For the Quick Draw event, the Viewer’s Choice went to Sharon Bamber while the People’s Choice went to Wendy Brayton.
In the oils/acrylics category, James Morgan took First, Rick Delanty Second Place, Vince Walsh Third Place, and Chella Gonsalves an Honorable Mention. In the pastel category, Sharon Bamber was the First Place winner. Linda Roemisch took Second Place and Judith Perry earned Third. An Honorable Mention award went to Jacquelyn Cisper.
For the watermedia category, Cleo Vilett was the First Place winner, John Jameton Second Place, and Paul Rickard Third Place. Kay Smith received an Honorable Mention.
Featured Artist Judge’s Choice Awards were presented by John Hewitt to Evan Garber, by Jody Bryan to Jan Godachy, by Maeve Croghan to Jan Ramsey, by Susan Elwart Hall to Dennis Simpson, by Chuck Kovacic to Dave Howell, and by Jim McVicker to Rob Anglin.
Two new awards were presented at the Mendocino Open Paint Out this year: Best Waterscene, awarded to Ellen Howard, and the Early Bird Award (best painting hung by the end of the third day), received by Linda Abbott.
The Mendocino Coast, located along a beautiful expanse of the Pacific Ocean in Northern California, is a spectacular setting for a plein air festival. Artists claim that the quality of light is unlike anywhere else in the world. From the rugged surrounding landscape, to the bay and beaches, to the quaint Victorian architecture and water towers of the town of Mendocino, the artists find abundant creative inspiration. The sixth annual Mendocino Open Paint Out is scheduled for September 17-23, 2018.
Learn more by visiting the Mendocino Art Center.
This article was featured in PleinAir Today, a weekly e-newsletter from PleinAir magazine. To start receiving PleinAir Today for free, click here.