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Volume 8, Issue 11  |  February 7, 2023Subscribe

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Plein and simple, art show and sale this weekend at Environmental Nature Center

The Southern California Plein Air Painters Association (SOCALPAPA) and Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will host the SOCALPAPA Paints California: Plein Air Art Show and Sale this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days.

Original works of art from SOCALPAPA artists will showcase the scenic beauty and rich diversity of California’s natural heritage. Artwork will be displayed on ENC patios and at designated trail locations throughout the five-acre site. Paintings are in oil, acrylic, watercolor and/or pastel.

Plein and simple Peaceful Pond

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Courtesy of ENC

“Peaceful Pond” displayed at the ENC is by a SOCALPAPA member

Visitors can view art, watch artists as they paint and enjoy a picnic lunch (bring your own!) under the shade of native trees. (ENC’s Zero Waste policy prohibits the bringing of Styrofoam or single-use plastics on site.)

Guests will also enjoy live music both days. On Saturday (June 5) hear Sweetwater Creek Band, a unique group that enjoys interweaving various nationalities of folk and Celtic music, such as Irish, Scottish, Cajun and Swedish, with traditional Bluegrass and Gospel tunes.

Then Sunday (June 6), enjoy the Velvet Bow String Duo, featuring the diverse backgrounds and training of multi-instrumentalists Dan Elliott (cello) and Susan Lachner (violin), who blend in classical and folk music in a delightful and elegant way.

Part of all art sales will be donated to the ENC, allowing a partial charitable tax deduction. 

The Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. For more information, visit

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