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ABOUT THE INVITATIONAL

Laguna Art Museum and the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) present the 14th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational October 14-21, 2012, a week-long landscape painting festival focusing on the community, the environment, and art education.
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Each year the famous seaside community and historic artist colony of Laguna Beach turns into an outdoor studio with the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational. This event showcases forty of the nation’s top plein air landscape painters, who compete for prestigious prizes and participate in the week-long festivities which include public paint outs, environmental awareness activities, and educational events. Culminating with the Collectors’ Soirée and Public Art Show & Sale at Laguna Art Museum, the event celebrates the artistic legacy of Laguna Beach.
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This week will feature numerous environmental awareness events and educational plein air activities in collaboration with other community organizations. These events include a Kids’ Paint Out in Heisler Park, educational lectures and presentations, private tours of Laguna Canyon Foundation, a fine art lecture with Mr. Jean Stearn (Executive Director of The Irvine Museum), a Next Generation Paint Out with students from Laguna College of Art + Design, a paint out at Crystal Cove State Park sponsored by Crystal Cove Alliance Art Council, and outdoor artist demonstrations with select participating artists.
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Many of the events throughout the week are free and open to the public except for the fine art lectures and presentations on Monday, October 14 and Tuesday, October 15 at the museum, and the Collectors’ Soirée on Saturday, October 20. Tickets to each lecture are $20 per person, which includes complimentary refreshments, and the Collectors’ Soirée tickets are $125 for museum members and $150 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online or by contacting Laguna Art Museum at 949.494.8971 x219.
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Event committee: Lyn Burke, Robert Hayden III, Jan Kaplan, Linda Stern, Mary Linda Strotkamp, and Greg Vail
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ABOUT LAGUNA ART MUSEUM
Laguna Art Museum is a museum of California art. Its purpose is to provide the public with exposure to art and to promote understanding of the role of art and artists through collection, conservation, exhibition, research, scholarship, and education. Working within the tradition of the oldest cultural institution in Orange County, the Laguna Beach Art Association, Laguna Art Museum documents regional art and places it in a national and international context. The museum maintains its historic ties to the community and is responsive, accessible, and relevant to the area’s diverse population. The museum’s exhibitions, catalogues, and educational activities illustrate an ongoing examination of California art, including historical and contemporary art.
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ABOUT THE LAGUNA BEACH PLEIN AIR PAINTERS ASSOCIATION
The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) was formed in 1996 by five Laguna Beach artists: Ken Auster, Jacobus Baas, Cynthia Britain, Saim Caglayan, and John Cosby. Along with other organizations in California, like the Oak Group (Santa Barbara) and the California Art Club (Pasadena), LPAPA called for the return of traditional forms of painting, principally landscape painting. LPAPA was one of the key organizations on the West Coast to spark a renewed interest in painting landscapes out of doors, which has grown significantly and is supported by collectors from all parts of the country. LPAPA builds upon and promotes the renowned landscape painting heritage of Laguna Beach. LPAPA serves its members regionally, nationally, and internationally through events, programs and education.

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