This new exhibition opens online Saturday, July 11 – July 19. Thirty SOCALPAPA artists have submitted nearly sixty original paintings inspired by the beauty and natural heritage of the Upper Back Bay as well as the varied landscapes of the OC Parks. The show can be previewed right now at New art will be added daily until the official opening on July 11 when the artwork will be for sale.

One of Southern California’s most anticipated events each summer is the “Back Bay Art Show and Sale” held at the Muth Interpretive Center in Newport Beach. This annual event is organized by SOCALPAPA (Southern California Plein Air Painters Assoc.) in partnership with the Newport Bay Conservancy (NBC)  and Orange County Parks. Due to limitations on group gatherings right now, it is not possible to have a physical show this summer. But SOCALPAPA has created an exciting alternative in the form of an online exhibition of oil paintings, watercolors and pastel works inspired by the Back Bay and our OC Parks.

Online purchases are processed by NBC, and artwork will be available for pickup through the artist or at the Muth Center by appointment. All artwork is framed and ready to hang. A portion of the sale proceeds go to NBC, which allows a partial charitable tax deduction for the art purchaser.

SOCALPAPAs nearly 200-member association dedicates itself to plein air painting and arts education. To see this year’s show, visit , and for more information about SOCALPAPA, visit the associations website at