PleinAir readers were hard on juror Skip Whitcomb: The Colorado artist had a tough time choosing the finalists in PleinAir magazine’s August/September contest, part of the PleinAir Salon. Who did he pick?

“St. Mark’s Nocturne,” by Marc Dalessio, oil, 8 x 6 in. Second Place

Peggy Root was the big winner — not only did she take First Place overall (for “March Afternoon”) in the August/September contest, she also nabbed the Best Buildings award for “Farm at Red Hill.” Joshua Been also pulled in two awards: Third Place for his painting “Icy Banks” and Best Water for “Cascading Pattern.”

“Icy Banks,” by Joshua Been, oil, 24 x 16 in. Third Place

“Moon Pillar: Psalms,” by Thomas Kegler, oil, 18 x 24 in. Best Nocturne

“Trance Dance,” by Paul Oxborough, oil, 44 x 60 in. Best Figure in the Landscape

Second Place overall went to Marc Dalessio for his oil painting “St. Mark’s Nocturne.” But Best Nocturne was won by Thomas Kegler for his painting “Moon Pillar: Psalms.” Best Figure in the Landscape was won by Paul Oxborough for “Trance Dance,” while Lori Putnam was the winner of the Best Floral category with her piece “Long Stemmed.” Joseph Gyurcsak won Best Outdoor Still Life for “Vizcaya Courtyard,” while Jerry Weiss won Best Plein Air with “Fog on the Coast.”

“Farm at Red Hill,” by Peggy Root, oil, 30 x 60 in. Best Buildings

“Cascading Pattern,” by Joshua Been, oil, 30 x 40 in. Best Water

The PleinAir Salon consists of six bi-monthly contests, with the First, Second, and Third Place winners of each contest 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 magazine. Third Place yields $1,500 in cash. Three additional finalists win $500.

“Long Stemmed,” by Lori Putnam, oil, 16 x 20 in. Best Floral

“Vizcaya Courtyard,” by Joseph Gyurcsak, acrylic, 11 x 14 in. Best Outdoor Still Life

“Fog on the Coast,” by Jerry Weiss, oil, 28 x 34 in. Best Plein Air

The winner of each bi-monthly contest is featured in this e-newsletter and profiled on For more information, visit the Salon’s website.


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