This new exhibition opens at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center Saturday, July 17 to July 25, 2021. Southern California Plein Air Painters Association (SOCALPAPA) artists have submitted 61 original paintings inspired by the beauty and natural heritage of the Upper Back Bay as well as the varied landscapes of the OC Parks. Admission and parking is free and the Center is open everyday except Mondays from 10 am to 4 pm. Jeff Horn,, will be the Juror and Judge of Awards for this year’s show. Jeff is Professor Emeritus of Drawing and Painting, Irvine Valley College. SOCALPAPA grew from Jeff’s classes and now, over 20 years later, remains a strong and involved organization of artists. Member artists will submit original paintings for jury review and awards. The show will also be online at starting Saturday as well.

FREE ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS: Sit and enjoy listening to how each painter’s creation takes shape through various mediums and themes in the newly renovated outdoor amphitheater next to the Muth Center. Schedule below:

July 17 Saturday
10:00 a.m to 11:00 am: Nora Koerber (Oil) Blocking in with Value,
11:30 am to 12:30 pm: Sandra Morrison (Watercolor) Water Reflections,
July 18 Sunday
10:00 am to 11:00 am: Jim Ellsberry (Oil) Clouds,
11:30 pm to 12:30 pm: Dawn Buckingham (Soft Pastel) 20 Minute Pastel Quick Studies at the Back Bay,
1:00 pm to 2:00pm: Eileen McCullough (Watercolor) Sketching full size (16 x 22) with water soluble graphite,
July 20 Tuesday
10:00 am to11:00 am: Jeff Preston (Oil) Palette knife painting,
July 21 Wednesday
11:00 am to 12:00 pm: Patricia Matranga (Oil) Painting clouds,
July 22 Thursday
10:00 am to 11:00 pm: Denise Busony (Oil) Creating Atmospheric Perspective, @denisebusony
July 23 Friday
10:00 am to 11:00 am: Randi Moran (Oil) Painting the majesty of the clouds in oil
11:30 am to 12:30 pm: Sue Miano (Oil) Bringing Trees to Life @duranmianoartist
July 24 Saturday
10:00am to 11:00 am: John Taylor (Watercolor) Using Line and wash in landscapes @johnwtaylorart
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Steve Kell (Oil) Importance of a good start to a painting
July 25 Sunday
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Leslie Hamilton (Watercolor/Pastel) Watercolor underpainting with pastel over,

Purchases are processed by NBC,and artwork will be available for pickup at the Muth Center by appointment after the show ends on Sunday, July 25. 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