More than 1,000 paintings by the Southern California Plein Air Painters Assn. will be on display and for sale this weekend on the patio of the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center; a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Newport Bay Naturalists and Friends nonprofit organization.
The sixth SOCALPAPA Biennial, a three-day event, will kick off Friday night with a juried competition and a private reception to recognize contributing artists, local community members and leaders, and to thank Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach for securing the funding through the county for new improvements to the center, said NBNF spokesman Roger Mallet.
The funding, about $130,000, went to three new interactive exhibits which combine murals with electronic touch-screen monitors. The monitors will provide information about the Back Bay and the wildlife captured by the artist's paintbrush.
"We didn't want to clutter up the mural with all this information," Mallet said of the wall-sized paintings. "This way, we are blending the everlasting natural beauty of the mural with the advantages of modern technology."