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Plein Air Art Show and Gallery

Calling all artists. Quick draw competition. Join us for some fun. Art judged, cash prizes awarded…

SOCALPAPA Quick Draw and Sale
Friday July 13, 2018
Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center
8:00 a.m. Check in
8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Quick Draw
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch for Artists

Saturday, July 14 through Sunday, July 15
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. the quick draw art for will be for sale
In partnership with Newport Bay Conservancy and Southern California Plein Air Painters Society, OC Parks welcomes all artists to participate in this quick draw event. Each artists is given three hours to paint their version of the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. All art is scored by Juror, Judy Schroeder. Awards will be given for 1st place ($100), 2nd ($75), 3rd ($50) and honorable mentions ($25). Artists are welcome to leave their artwork on exhibit and for sale at the Muth Center following the quick draw. Come and view the artwork to see a sample of what will be available in October during the full show. A portion of all sales to benefit the Bay. Parking and event is free but registration is required to participate in the quick draw. $25/SOCALPAPA members, $35/non-members which includes lunch. Register at www.socalpapa.com. Detailed instructions for artists can be found by click HERE.

SOCALPAPA Rotating Artists’ Showcase
Each year artists from SOCALPAPA venture into the outdoors throughout Orange County, inspired to paint its beauty. Their creations are regularly displayed in the Peter and Mary Muth Center’s gift shop. A portion of each painting purchase goes to protecting and preserving the Bay.

Showcasing July – September, 2018

Al Carlson, Manjula Jain, Randi Moran

Beach Flowers by Randi Moran

Reflections by Al Carlson

Glowing Twilight by Manjula Jain

Gallery/Artwork for sale behind welcome desk







Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA
Juried Show from Friday, October 12 to Friday, October 19 60 selected original works of art on exhibit for awards and for sale
Artists’ Reception on Friday night, October 19 Awards Presented
Weekend Exhibit & Sale on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21 Several hundred additional original paintings will be exhibited. Artists will display original plein air paintings of the Bay, parks, and other local scenes, with a portion of the sales proceeds to benefit the Back Bay.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFREE PAINTING CLASSES FOR KIDS from 7-12 years of age will be offered over the weekend.  Classes will be held in the kids’ classroom inside the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center.  All materials are supplied and participants will take home a completed painting at the end of class.  Student space is limited and classes will fill up quickly.  Plan now to provide a special fine art experience for your child.  To reserve a spot for your child click on the link below: Coming Summer 2018

This festival of fine art is a collaborative event organized by Newport Bay Conservancy in partnership with SOCALPAPA and Orange County Parks.  SOCALPAPA’s nearly 200-member association dedicates itself to painting outdoors from life.  For more information about SOCALPAPA, visit the association’s website, www.socalpapa.com.

The Newport Bay Conservancy and OC Parks are proud to host an ongoing exhibition of select paintings for sale throughout the year. Paintings are by top Southern California Plein Air Painters Association (SOCALPAPA) artists, whose works are shown in many galleries throughout Southern California.  Each quarter three different SOCALPAPA artists display paintings at the Interpretive Center.

(c) All photos on this page courtesy of Albert Stanchfield