Laguna Plein Air Painters Association’s “15th Annual Best of Plein Air” announces winners

LPAPA at Forest & Ocean Gallery hosted the opening reception for the “15th Annual Best of Plein Air” juried art show on Saturday, March 16. Guests sipped wine and enjoyed nibbling on a beautiful array of artisan cheeses, fruits, and sweets as they anxiously awaited the announcement of the six award-winning artists.

LPAPA’s Best of Plein Air is a special juried exhibition of original works of art created by Signature and Artist Members of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA). 286 entries were received for this prestigious show with jurors Daniel Marshall (Signature Member of LPAPA), Rosemary Swimm (LPAPA Executive Director), and Ludo Leideritz (Forest & Ocean Gallery Owner) choosing over 60 original framed paintings created by LPAPA Signature and Artist Members for the show’s coveted spots.

Laguna Plein lighthouse

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1st Place was awarded to LPAPA Artist Member Keiko Tanabe for “Hook Lighthouse, Ireland”

In addition to the usual awards, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention, a new Peoples’ Choice award was introduced through a LPAPA Facebook Social Medium Campaign where individuals were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite painting.

All paintings are on exhibit at LPAPA In Residence located at the Forest & Ocean Gallery in Laguna Beach until March 24 or viewed online through LPAPA’s Best of Plein Air expanded online gallery at www.DailyBrushwork.com.

Laguna Plein cove

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2nd Place was awarded to LPAPA Signature Member Anthony Salvo for  “Crystal Cove Shadow”

Laguna Plein glow

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3rd Place was awarded to LPAPA Signature Member Michael Obermeyer for “After Glow”

Laguna Plein towers

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Honorable Mention Award given to LPAPA Artist Member Bob Upton for “Waldorf Towers”

Laguna Plein Pasadena

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Peoples’ Choice Award given to LPAPA Signature Member Durree Waseem for “A Warm Day in Pasadena”

LPAPA was founded in 1996 with a mission to preserve Laguna Beach’s rich artistic legacy founded by early plein air artists and promote the tradition of plein air painting in our community, across the nation, and around the world. 

LPAPA is one of the best recognized and most respected plein air art associations in the world with a growing roster of more than 600 local, national and international artist members. In addition to providing opportunities for established and emerging artists to show their work, LPAPA has a strong commitment to education utilizing their Plein Air Project to benefit young and emerging artists and the greater community.

For show details, visit www.lpapa.org

LPAPA in Residence is at Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave. Hours are Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays.