14th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational a Success


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Laguna Art Museum and the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) presented the 14th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational October 14-21, a week-long landscape painting festival focused on the community, the environment, and art education.
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View and download photos from Flickr! Photos by Eric Stoner.
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Each year Laguna Beach, a famous seaside community and historic artist colony, turns into an outdoor studio with the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational. The event showcased forty of the nation’s top plein air landscape painters, who competed for prestigious prizes and participated in the week-long festivities—including public paint outs, environmental awareness activities, and educational events for kids, art students, and adults. Culminating with the Collectors’ Soirée on October 20 and the Public Sale on October 21—both at Laguna Art Museum—this event celebrated a tradition of landscape painting in Laguna going back to the formation of the local artists colony in the early twentieth century.
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In addition to being a community festival, the event is also a fundraiser for the non-profit organizations Laguna Art Museum and LPAPA. This year the event grossed $198,000 (net to be determined) from ticket and artwork sales. The amount is in line with past years. Proceeds will benefit the two non-profits as well as the participating artists.
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Attendance at the October 14 Quick Draw Silent Auction and October 21 Public Sale was higher than in previous years (both events offered free admission). The museum was expecting 300 to 400 attendees on October 14, and there were 602. Every Quick Draw painting sold, which has not happened in recent memory. The October 21 Public Sale was expected to bring in 600 guests and 738 attended. Attendance for the October 20 Collectors’ Soirée (which is a ticketed event) was roughly 300, the same as in years past.
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Artist Rick Delanty from San Clemente sold the most in terms of dollars, and Hiu Lai Chong from Rockville, MD sold the most paintings with seven. Five of the Kids’ Paint Out paintings sold, with proceeds benefiting the school of the participating student.
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The following awards were presented to the participating artists at the October 20 Collectors’ Soirée. John Burton from Carmel received the most awards with three, and Billyo O’Donnell of Eureka, MO won the $5,000 LPAPA Best in Show, which is the top prize.
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Billyo O’Donnell
$5,000 LPAPA BEST IN SHOW
Sponsored by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
Judged by Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum
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Debra Huse
$2,500 LAGUNA ART MUSEUM AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Sponsored by Laguna Art Museum
Judged by Dr. Malcolm Warner, Executive Director of Laguna Art Museum
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Jim Wodark
$1,000 DR. EDWARD H. BOSEKER AWARD
Sponsored and judged by Yvonne Boseker and her daughters in honor of the late Dr. Edward H. Boseker
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Hiu Lai Chong
$500 COLLECTORS’ CHOICE
Sponsored by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
Judged by guests attending the October 20 Collectors’ Soirée
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Frank Serrano
$500 SOUTHWESTART QUICK DRAW AWARD
Winner received $500 and will be featured in SouthwestArt magazine
Judged by Malcolm Warner
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Michael Obermeyer
$500 CRYSTAL COVE FOUNDER’S PRIZE
Sponsored and judged by Laura Davick, Founder and President Emeritus of the Crystal Cove Alliance
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John Burton, Hiu Lai Chong, Randall Sexton, Peggi Kroll-Roberts
RANDY HIGBEE GALLERY AWARDS
The winners each received a $250 cash prize and $250 framing credit with Randy Higbee Gallery, judged by Randy Higbee
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LCAD NEXT GENERATION SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
Sponsored by Laguna College of Art + Design, judged by Jean Stern
First Place, $300: Steven Morrison
Second Place, $200: Lan Duong
Third Place, $100: Zoey Frank
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Josh Clare
ARTISTS’ CHOICE
Judged by the participating artists
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Gavin Brooks
FINE ART CONNOISSEUR AWARD
Winner receives a full-page ad in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine ($3,500 value)
Judged by Vanessa Rothe, California Editor for Fine Art Connoisseur magazine
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John Burton
PLEINAIR MAGAZINE AWARD
Winner receives a half-page ad in PleinAir magazine ($2,000 value)
Judged by Vanessa Rothe
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Scott Prior
OUTDOORPAINTER.COM AWARD
Winner receives a one-month web ad on OutdoorPainter.com ($495 value)
Judged by Vanessa Rothe
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John Burton
LAGUNA CANYON FOUNDATION AWARD
Presented by Laguna Canyon Foundation
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Rick Delanty
SURFRIDER FOUNDATION AWARD
Presented by the Surfrider Foundation South Orange County
Judged by Rick Erkeneff, Chairman, Surfrider Foundation, South Orange County Chapter
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Laguna Art Museum and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association would like to thank the participating artists, volunteers (over 100 volunteers helped out throughout the week), and event sponsors for making the 14th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational a success.
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PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Ebrahim Amin (Laguna Beach, CA) Debra Huse (Newport Beach, CA) Scott Prior (Oceanside, CA)
Jacobus Baas (Laguna Beach, CA) Mark Kerckhoff (San Juan Capistrano, CA) Camille Przewodek (Petaluma, CA)
Gavin Brooks (Owings Mills, MD) Thomas Jefferson Kitts (Portland, OR) April Raber (Laguna Beach, CA)
John Burton (Carmel, CA) Paul Kratter (Moraga, CA) Ray Roberts (Angels Camp, CA)
Larry Cannon (Sonoma, CA)
Peggi Kroll-Roberts (Angels Camp, CA) Frank Serrano (Montrose, CA)
Hiu Lai Chong (Rockville, MD) Greg LaRock (Newport Beach, CA) Jeff Sewell (San Juan Capistrano, CA)
Josh Clare (Queen Creek, AZ) Joan LaRue (Tucson, AZ) Randy Sexton (San Francisco, CA)
Rick Delanty (San Clemente, CA) Calvin Liang (Corona, CA) Michael Situ (Irvine, CA)
Ken DeWaard (Viroqua, WI) Kirk McBride (Berlin, MD) W. Jason Situ (El Monte, CA)
Robin Hall (Capistrano Beach, CA Clark Mitchell (Cotati, CA) Bryan Mark Taylor (Lafayette, CA)
Carolyn Hesse-Low (La Jolla, CA) Larry Moore (Winter Park, FL) Jove Wang (Alhambra, CA)
Darrell Hill (Kameula, HI) Michael Obermeyer (Laguna Beach, CA) Jim Wodark (Orange, CA)
Jeff Horn (Costa Mesa, CA) Billyo O’Donnell (Eureka, MO) Jeff Yeomans (San Diego, CA)
Morgan Samuel Price (Altamonte Springs, FL)


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