Winners of the Ralph Love Plein Air Invitational pose for a photo with Temecula Mayor Maryann Edwards (front row, second from left)

For 10 years running, the beautiful Temecula Valley has offered talented outdoor painters plenty of inspiration during the Ralph Love Plein Air Invitational. Who recently earned distinction?

There are several hundred dollars up for grabs and a vibrant exhibition on view during the 10th annual Ralph Love Plein Air Invitational in Riverside County, California. The one-week event features local artists invited by the Temecula Community Services Department. Several competing artists submitted unsigned pieces that were judged at the Temecula Valley Museum by Temecula Mayor Maryann Edwards; Bonnie Martland, who is an artist and a former art teacher with Temecula Unified School District; Fred and JoAnn Lamb of Fred Lamb Graphic Design; and Tony Moromarco, an artist and instructor.

All of the artworks created are currently on view through December 31 at The Merc. During the display, members of the public can vote for their favorite piece to win the People’s Choice award. Artist Barbara Nelson was the $500 Best of Show winner for “Front and Main” while Jack Ragland took the $200 First Place award for “Black Bird has Spoken.” Nelson also won second place and $100 for her piece “Over the Top.” Ragland took Third Place as well for “Rose Haven Garden.”

“For the 10th year, the city of Temecula is very pleased to host this contest,” Edwards said. “As the city has grown and matured, so has our ability to showcase and celebrate our artists. Though there are only a few winners, the art that is produced each year shows the deep artistic talent that resides in this valley. We are proud to offer this contest as a way to promote and celebrate that talent.”

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