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Laguna Beach is Southern California's premier seaside destination, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. A year-round retreat for art lovers, nature enthusiasts and beach goers, Laguna Beach features seven miles of soft sand and surf.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

14th Annual Plein Air Invitational

For the past 13 years, the nation’s top plein air painters have been welcomed to Laguna Beach for a weeklong landscape painting festival.  They will be competing for prestigious prizes and participating in  public paint outs, environmental awareness activities and educational events.

The week kicked off with the highly popular Quick Draw event in Heisler Park. Last Sunday, the 40 artists had two hours to complete a painting. The works were immediately taken to the Laguna Art Museum where they were displayed, still wet, and available for auction.

Greg LaRock

Billyo O'Donnell

There are many more opportunities for you to watch these talented artists in action this week:

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Heisler Park, Laguna Beach. Open to the public for viewing. The LCAD Next Generation Paint Out is designed to cultivate the next generation of plein air painters. This event also aims to deepen Laguna Beach’s reputation as an arts destination by giving the community and guests the opportunity to view the work of young artists from Laguna College of Art + Design.  Participating students will have just three hours to create a work of art at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach. These works will then be hung at Laguna Art Museum and judged by Mr. Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum. The paintings will be on display at the October 20 Collectors’ Soirée, and the top three winners will be invited to attend the celebration where they will be presented with scholarship awards sponsored by LCAD.

Sponsored by the Crystal Cove Alliance Art Council - 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Crystal Cove State Park; Open to the public for viewing, $15.00 parking fee. At the north end of Laguna Beach lies the magnificent Crystal Cove State Park, which boasts 3.2 miles of beach and 2,400 acres of pristine coastal habitat. The participating plein air artists will be at the Park’s famous Historic District on Thursday, October 18 to paint the beautiful landscape and cottages, and bring awareness to the Park’s protected environment. Spend the day at the park, watch these master painters in action, and then head on over to the Shake Shack or Beachcomber Café for a leisurely lunch. Other activities at Crystal Cove State Park include exploring tidepools and sandy covers, hiking, mountain biking, scuba diving, swimming, surfing, tours, and more.  This event is sponsored by the Crystal Cove Alliance Art Council, a part of the Crystal Cove Alliance which is the non-profit Cooperating Association partner with Crystal Cove State Park dedicated to education, conservation, and restoration.

6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Laguna Art Museum-Museum members $125.00 | Non-members $150.00, Dressy casual attire | Complimentary valet parking. Nearly 400 guests attend the Collectors’ Soirée annually at Laguna Art Museum. Join us for this exciting party where you will have the exclusive opportunity to view and purchase, in advance of the general public, the artworks created throughout the week by forty of the nation’s top plein air artists.  The evening’s highlights include delicious food courtesy of 24 Carrots Catering, lively cocktails, wine by 14 Hands Vineyard, gorgeous flowers by Laguna Nursery, and live music by the Dan Reckard Trio. The prestigious artist awards will be announced, and works created during the Kids’ Paint Out and LCAD Next Generation Paint Out will be on display during the evening. New this year! Enter for the chance to win a gift basket courtesy of St. Regis, which includes a two night stay at the St. Regis, Monarch Beach, golf for two, and spa treatments. Valued at $2,730. Each raffle ticket is $25.00 and can be purchased at the event. Reserve your Soirée tickets now as this party sells out quickly!

For a full listing of events: HERE 

For a full list of participating artist: HERE

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