Carmel-by-the-Sea is a hotspot for art collectors. Who shone brightly at the town’s recent plein air event?

Lu Yu won First Place, the Mayor’s Choice Award, and a PleinAir Magazine Award of Excellence for his painting “Sunset Light, Point Lobos” at the recently completed Carmel Art Festival. 


“Sunset Light, Point Lobos,” by Lu Yu, 2015, oil, 16 x 20 in. First Place; Mayor’s Choice; PleinAir Magazine’s Award of Excellence

Carl Bretzke won Second Place, Artists’ Choice, and a Fine Art Connoisseur Award of Excellence for “Night Fisherman,” while Jason Sacran won Third Place with “After the Rain.” 


“Night Fisherman,” by Carl Bretzke, 2015, oil, 12 x 16 in. Second Place; Fine Art Connoisseur Award of Excellence

Terri Ford won Best Pastel and the PleinAir Magazine Award for “Ocean View.” Robin Purcell won Best Watercolor with “Where They Ride Horses,” and Scott Hamill won People’s Choice with “Living on the Edge.” Mark Farina won Best Local and Honorable Mention for “May Showers, Monterey Bay.”


“After the Rain,” by Jason Sacran, 2015, oil, 14 x 18 in. Third Place


“Ocean View,” by Terri Ford, 2015, pastel, 9 x 16 in. Best Pastel; PleinAir Magazine Award of Excellence


“Where They Ride Horses,” by Robin Purcell, 2015, watercolor, 16 x 12 in. Best Watercolor

Rob Adamson, Don Biehn, Aimee Erickson, Coraly Hanson, Sally Jordan, Joe Mancuso, Wayne McKenzie, Laura Wambsgans, and Cindy Wilbur all won Honorable Mention awards.


Coraly Hanson paints some roses during the Carmel Art Festival

Aimee Erickson won the Quick Draw competition. See all the winners — and all the paintings — here

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