2017 Events


Laguna Beach was established as an art colony by plein air painter Norman St. Clair in 1903 and early plein air artists, including William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Frank Cuprien and Anna Hills, helped open the first gallery in Laguna Beach in 1918. Nonprofit Laguna Plein Air Painters Association’s mission is dedicated to preserving and promoting Laguna’s artistic legacy and the plein air painting tradition.  

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Celebrate the legacy, be part of the tradition!

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2017 Schedule of Invitational Events

With the exception of Saturday’s Collectors’ Gala, all events are free!

 

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Saturday, October 7th

Artists Arrive!  Watch the artists in action painting around town!
Our 35 Invitational Artists will be arriving from near and far to prepare to paint the town. You will see them painting in and around Laguna Beach and preparing for Sunday’s Quick Draw painting competition at Heisler Park, and a week of painting!  

 

 

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Sunday, October 8th

Quick Draw Paint Out
Heisler Park, Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Our 35 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 2 hours! Search and share using hashtag #LPAPA19th & #MyLagunaBeach!

 

Meet & Greet Artists Reception
Festival of Arts 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The public is invited to join us for 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 5:00 pm!

 

Quick Draw Quick Sale!
Festival of Arts  650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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. A new twist this year! The Quick Draw paintings will be offered in a Quick Sale rather than auction — but not to worry, there’s an auction of Small Works on Wednesday!  

 

 

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Monday, October 9th

Kids Paint Out & Cookie Reception
Heisler Park, Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 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 October 12th-16th. 100% 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 our Sponsors and grant funding provided by The Festival of Arts Foundation & the Laguna Chapter of the National Charity League.

 

Watch the Artists in Action
Daily, Dawn to Dusk, various locations
The invitational artists will be painting in Laguna and surrounding areas from Huntington Beach to San Onofre, to the Saddleback foothills. The public is invited to watch the Artists as they paint “en plein air” and share photos using hashtag #LPAPA19th – Follow us on InstagramFacebookTwitter, for latest news & prizes!

 

 

Plein Talk with the Artists: “Ask Us Any Question”
Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Avenue
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Join us for an open and lively discussion with Invitational Artists who will share their journey and their plein air painting experiences.  Seating is limited; click here to reserve your seat.  This is a free event, however, donations to help support this event are gratefully accepted!

 

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Tuesday, October 10th

Watch the artists in action
Daily, Dawn to Dusk, various locations
Public invited to watch the Artists as they paint “en plein air” — share photos and locations using hashtag #LPAPA19th – follow us on InstagramFacebookTwitter,  for latest news & prizes!

 

 

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Wednesday, October 11th

LPAPA’s Next Generation Paint Out
Heisler Park, Cliff Drive
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 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.

 

 

Crystal Cove Paint Out
Crystal Cove State Park
8:00 am – 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” — share photos of the artists in action using hashtag #LPAPA19th — follow us on InstagramFacebookTwitter,  for latest news & prizes!

 

Mr. Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum Collection at UCI

Plein Talk with the Expert & Small Works Auction
Tivoli Too, 777 Laguna Canyon Road
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Join us for a captivating evening with Mr. Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum Collection at UCI, who has prepared a special Plein Talk presentation in association with the book he co-authored, PAINTING CALIFORNIA: Seascapes & Beach Towns. Mr. Stern will take us 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. This is a free event – please click here to reserve your seat.  

 

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Thursday, October 12th

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Children’s Artwork Exhibition & Sale
Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Avenue
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Come see the plein air masterpieces created by local school children during Monday’s Kids Paint Out with the mentorship of LPAPA artists. The paintings will be available for purchase with 100% of the proceeds donated to the participating local schools.

 

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Friday, October 13th

Outdoor Painting Demonstrations
Heisler ParkMain Beach, Treasure Island
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (plus artists will be painting all around town)
Come watch and learn how the invitational artists work in different mediums, ask questions and watch painting demonstrations.  Search #LPAPA19th on Facebook or visit LPAPA’s Facebook Group Page for the latest updates!

 

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Saturday, October 14th

GalaAppsCollectors Gala Reception (Purchase Tickets)
Tivoli Too, 777 Laguna Canyon Road
7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Join us for 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, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum Collection at UCI!  The artists will also have additional artwork created during the week, and a selection of paintings from their personal collection, available for purchase in the “Library“. Note:  Sponsors will have the privilege of early VIP access 1 hour before the doors open… learn how to become an Invitational Sponsor.

 

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Sunday, October 15th

10-Demos-ObermeyerPublic Art Show and Sale
Tivoli Too, 777 Laguna Canyon Road
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
We open the doors on Sunday for all to visit the Invitational Art Show, meet the artists and watch live painting demonstrations!  Free entry to the public (however, donations in any amount are always gratefully accepted!). This will be your 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. Proceeds from the sale of artwork benefits the artists and nonprofit LPAPA. LPAPA merchandise will be available for purchase at the LPAPA Pop-Up Store!  

 

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