LPAPA’s 20th Annual “Best of Plein Air” Juried Art Show

Continuing the century-old tradition of plein air painting, several LPAPA (Laguna Plein Air Painters Association) artist members participated in the annual Best of Plein Air show during Laguna Beach’s First Thursdays Art Walk. Award winners, chosen by guest judge, Jean Stern, were announced at the LPAPA Gallery reception as well as live streamed online.

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First Place, “Rolling Waves” by Jason Li

The First Place award-winning artist, Jason Li, received a coveted “golden ticket” invitation to participate in LPAPA’s 26th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, that occurs October 5-13.

The 2024 Best of Plein Air Award winners are as follows:

–First Place: Rolling Waves by Jason Li | 13” x 18” watercolor

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Second Place, “A-rrgh” by Nancie King Mertz

Second Place: A-rrgh by Nancie King Mertz, 16” x 29” soft pastel

–Third Place: Dappled Light by Lisa Mozzini-McDill, 9” x 12” oil

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Third Place, “Dappled Light” by Lisa Mozzini-McDill

Honorable Mention: Bucs vs. Holiday by David Becker,16” x 20” wc/gouache

The gallery’s celebration of plein air paintings by LPAPA members continues through April 1.

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Honorable Mention, “Bucs vs. Holiday” by David Becker

The LPAPA Gallery is located on Gallery Row between Jasmine and Myrtle streets at 414 North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach. Gallery Hours: Open Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., or by appointment at 949.376.3635.


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