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June 5, 2007
Roger's Gardens is set to exhibit the work of 20 plein-air artists as part of the 2007 Heritage Exhibition and Sale, which benefits the Capistrano Valley Conservancy and the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve Trust. The fundraiser will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The artists painted original pieces as part of the fundraiser in 10 protected sites in the 50,000-acre Irvine Ranch Land Reserve, including Crystal Cove. At Roger's Gardens, the artists will participate in a "quick draw paint off," in which they'll paint scenes in the seven acres of Roger's Gardens.
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By Sue Thoensen | June 4, 2007
There was nothing "plain" about the images created on the canvases and displayed on the easels set up by local plein-air artists along South Bayfront on Balboa Island Thursday night. Eight artists — Debra Huse, Greg LaRock, Scott Prior, Jim Wodark, Joyce Pekala, Michael Situ, Dick Rice and Jeff Sewell — were there for a "once in a blue moon" opportunity to paint both the sunset and the second full moon rise to be seen this month. Most of the artists painting the phenomenon weren't even familiar with what a blue moon was until Huse asked them to join her in taking on the challenge of trying to paint it — and the sunset — in the small window of time available to capture each event.
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By Carol Starcevic | October 4, 2006
The Southern California Plein Air Painters Assn. will conduct its fourth annual "Paint the Back Bay" exhibit and sale of original art from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat. and Sun., Oct. 14 and 15, at the Muth Interpretive Center. The center is at 2301 University Drive in Newport Beach. The event is free and open to the public. Local artists will be painting the Upper Newport Bay at various locations through Oct. 13 during this competition. About 60 eligible entries will be juried for awards.
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By Kelly Strodl | July 24, 2006
Phyllis Kaliher has been capturing the landscape of Southern California with a paintbrush for 30 years, but the work always seems geared for others. "There was never a chance to paint what I wanted to paint," said the Newport Beach resident while showing some of her paintings Sunday at the Art in the Park event at Grant Howard Park in Corona del Mar. But now Kaliher, who taught art in Santa Monica and the Newport-Mesa school district for years, has enjoyed painting several landscapes of her choosing, from the sailboats in Newport bay to the courtyard of Rancho Los Alamitos.
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By Shannon Urtnowski | July 20, 2006
Art inspired by the beauty of Southern California's landscaping is soon to be on display exactly where it belongs ? the outdoors. Art in the Park, presented by the Newport Beach Arts Foundation and the Southern California Plein Air Painters Assn., will exhibit Saturday and Sunday at Grant Howald Park in Corona del Mar. Impressionist and landscape works will be available for purchase and viewing. "It's going to be very beautiful because the artists will display their art on stand-up grids, each one under a tree," said Lila Crespin, president of the Newport Beach Arts Foundation.
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By Kelly Strodl | July 17, 2006
When Dariela Wilson finally realized her vision as a watercolor painter, ironically it came under the tutelage of an artist most noted for his plein-air work. Plein-air painters like Wilson's teacher, Roger Armstrong, specialize in painting real landscapes, but Wilson had another vision she wanted to pursue. Mermaids. When Wilson, whose work is on display at the Newport Beach Central library until the end of the month and the Orange County Fair, retired 10 years ago she took a watercolor class after some encouragement from her friend, Lucy Burns.
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By Joyce Rudolph | June 9, 2006
Light and color are plein-air artist Margot Lennartz's inspirations. The La Crescenta resident uses them in her oil paintings, especially one in which she has captured the brilliant oranges found in California poppies. The piece is on display in her show, "California Style" continuing until June 1 at the Boddy House Gallery in Descanso Gardens. "My favorite in the exhibit is a painting I painted at the poppy reserve in Lancaster in the Mojave Desert," she said. "It's titled 'Desert Magic, Mojave Desert in Bloom.
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By: | September 9, 2005
The Crystal Cove Alliance will hold its third annual Tropical Gala and Coastal Splendor Plein Air Invitational Art Show & Sale beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, on the beach at Crystal Cove. The event features great cuisine, a martini bar, and the sights and sounds of a tropical South Seas beach soiree. Coastal plein air paintings created specially for the event will be on sale. A highlight of the event will be a "raise the Martini-flag ceremony."
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By: Cindy Frazier | September 9, 2005
There's something about Crystal Cove. The dramatic beachfront -- framed by green hills, ochre cliffs and sparkling ocean -- has attracted attention since it was "discovered" by legendary plein-air painter William Wendt in the early part of the last century. The cove is as glamorous and romantic as any place in California. It has been used as a mock-tropical backdrop by Hollywood's silent moviemakers and as an illicit post for rum-runners during Prohibition.
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