The 19th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Invitational begins on Oct 7 

The 19th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Invitational begins on Sat, Oct 7 with a “warm-up” paint out at Treasure Island Park that afternoon in preparation for the Sunday, Oct 8 Quick Draw painting competition, and it culminates in a Gala Artist Award Ceremony on Sat, Oct 14 and Public Sale on Sun, Oct 15.

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The Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Invitational begins on Oct 7

Laguna Beach will once again celebrate the legacy and tradition of plein air art as professional artists arrive from around the country and help capture its iconic imagery on canvas and paper. 

Throughout the week, daily events and exhibitions will be happening, from Crystal Cove to Treasure Island Cove and everywhere in between, offering the public numerous opportunities to revel in the beauty and inspiration captured by an elite group of extraordinary artists.

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The Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters in action at their different events 

On Sat Oct 7, artists will be arriving from near and far as they gather at Treasure Island Park with a warm-up paint out from 4 p.m – 6:30 p.m. 

On Sun Oct 8, Quick Draw Paint Out will be at
Heisler Park, Cliff Drive, from
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
 Thirty five invited artists will gather at Heisler Park to compete in the annual Quick Draw plein air painting competition sponsored by Southwest Art Magazine which requires the completion of a plein air masterpiece in two hours. 

The Meet & Greet Artists Reception
will take place at the Festival of Arts from 4 – 5 p.m.
The public is invited to join the LPAPA hosted Meet & Greet Reception. Enjoy refreshments, meet the artists, mingle with art lovers, and preview the 35 framed Quick Draw paintings, finished just moments earlier, that will be sold at 5 p.m.

The Quick Draw Quick Sale offers a fantastic opportunity to add a special plein air painting to your collection that was just created before your eyes by an award winning plein air artist. 

In a new twist this year, the Quick Draw paintings will be offered in a Quick Sale rather than auction, but not to worry, there will be an auction of Small Works on Wednesday. 

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View the final touches of a masterpiece overlooking the beautiful ocean 

On Mon Oct 9, Kids Paint Out & Cookie Reception
will be at Heisler Park, from
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Local school children are treated to a plein air painting experience guided by LPAPA Mentor Artists. The artwork created by the children will be exhibited at Forest & Ocean Gallery Oct 12 - 30. 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the children’s artwork is donated to the participating schools. This program is made possible through the generous support of LPAPA sponsors and grant funding provided by The Festival of Arts Foundation, the Laguna Chapter of the National Charity League, Blick Art Supplies & our Mentor Artists.

Plein Talk with the Artists: “Ask Us Any Question”
 at the Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Avenue
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.: An open and lively discussion with Invitational Artists who will share their journey and their plein air painting experiences. 

On Wed Oct 11, LPAPA’s Next Generation Paint Out will be at
Heisler Park, Cliff Drive
 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
This event is designed to cultivate the next generation of plein air painters from the 2017 participating colleges:  Laguna College of Art + Design, Saddleback College and the University of California, Irvine. The students are competing for scholarship prizes.

Crystal Cove Paint Out
 will be at Crystal Cove State Park from
8 a.m – noon
. All 35 Invitational Artists will be painting out at the Crystal Cove State Park.  The public is invited to come watch the Artists as they paint “en plein air.”

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See each artist paint hands on with their tools and skills while making an unforgettable piece 

Later there will be a Plein Talk  and Book Signing by Art Historian and Museum Director of The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine, Jean Stern, plus a Small Works Auction
at Tivoli Too from
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
 Mr. Jean Stern has prepared a special Plein Talk presentation in association with the book he co-authored, PAINTING CALIFORNIA: Seascapes & Beach Towns. Mr. Stern will take the audience on an artistic journey along the California coast, showing contemporary and historic painting images. 

Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book for a special discounted price. LPAPA will showcase a selection of small works created by our Invitational Artists in a silent auction.

On Sat Oct 14, the Collectors Gala Reception (tickets available at
takes place at Tivoli Too, from 7 – 10:30 p.m.

This will be an enchanting evening under the stars with the artists, surrounded by art lovers and some of the finest plein air fine art you can find anywhere. Attendees will have the opportunity to view and purchase artwork in advance of the general public.

The artists will be hanging what they consider to be their best three paintings created during the week for prize consideration — over $20,000 in prizes will be awarded, with the top prize being the coveted $10,000 “Best in Show” award judged by Mr. Jean Stern. The artists will also have additional artwork created during the week, and a selection of paintings from their personal collection, available for purchase.

On Sun Oct 15,  Public Art Show and Sale
takes place at Tivoli Too, 777 Laguna Canyon Road
 from 10 a.m. – 5  p.m.
 Door will open on Sunday for all to visit the Invitational Art Show, meet the artists and watch live painting demonstrations.  

This event is free to the public. This will be the last chance to meet the artists and collect an original work of art created during the Invitational by one of today’s plein air masters.

Parcipating artisits include the following: Jacobus Baas / Suzie Baker / Zufar Bikbov / Carl Bretzke / John Burton /John Cosby Rick J. Delanty / Gil Dellinger / Jennifer Diehl / Aimee Erickson / Andy Evansen Debra Joy Groesser / Joseph Gyurcsak / Stephanie Hartshorn / Jane Hunt Charlie Hunter / Greg LaRock / John P. Lasater IV / Richard Lindenberg  Daniel Marshall / James McGrew / Jim McVicker / Clark Mitchell  Michael Obermeyer / Rita Pacheco / Colin Page / Jesse Powell / Jason Sacran Anthony Salvo / Patrick Saunders / Jeff Sewell / Michael Situ / J. Ken Spencer Michelle Usibelli / Jove Wang

For additional information about the 19th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, or the nonprofit art organization, contact Rosemary Swimm, LPAPA’s Executive Director, by phone 949-376-3635, by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit the website: or