Artwork hung and ready for the exhibition

The Southern California Plein Air Painters Association (SOCALPAPA) broke their sales record last week at their show “SOCALPAPA Paints the Orange County Parks and Back Bay,” at the Muth Interpretive Center in Newport Beach, California. What was the final take?

Almost $48,000 worth of art was sold in two days at the event, which highlighted 53 plein air artists and 103 original works. “Although we had fewer artists than the previous year, we beat the total sales of the 2013 show and the previous show at the site held in 2010,” says Barbara Davidson a SOCALPAPA member and one of the organizers of the event. “Our partners in presenting the show were Orange County Parks and the Newport Bay Conservancy. We also offered free ‘kids classes’ where children created their own original art in two classes offered by one of our artist members during the show.”


The crowd for the event resulted in nearly $48,000 in sales.

Davidson reports that 35 percent of artists’ commissions went to support the Newport Bay Conservancy, whose mission is to protect and support the Upper Newport Bay in Newport Beach, California. For more information on SOCALPAPA, visit the organization’s website.


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