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Volume 6, Issue 61  | July 30, 2021

SOCALPAPA continues at Upper Newport Bay, features artist demonstrations 

Southern California Plein Air Painters Association (SOCALPAPA) artists will be on hand throughout the week of the SOCALPAPA gallery show in Upper Newport Bay which started on Saturday, July 17, to demonstrate different mediums and ways they create the masterpieces on display.

Feel free to join any one of the artists (at the designated times listed below) in the newly renovated outdoor amphitheater of the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center as they share the knowledge, strategy and experience of painting in the outdoors with you. Parking and admission are free. The trails are open from sunrise to sunset.

Muth Interpretive Center is home to a variety of nature-themed hands-on exhibits, displays and live animals, and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The gallery show runs through Sunday, July 25 in the Ray and Elsa Watson Theater of the Muth Center.

SOCALPAPA continues Back Bay Egret

Courtesy of Newport Bay Conservancy

“Back Bay Egret” by artist Kevin Davidson

Tuesday, July 20

~10-11 a.m.: Jeff Preston, Palette Knife Painting (Oil), 

Wednesday, July 21

~11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Patricia Matranga, Painting Clouds (Oil),

Thursday, July 22

~10-11 a.m.: Denise Busony, Creating Atmospheric Perspective (Oil), @denisebusony

Friday, July 23

~10-11 a.m.: Randi Moran, Painting the Majesty of the Clouds (Oil)

~11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Sue Miano, Bringing Trees to Life (Oil), @duranmianoartist

Saturday, July 24

~10-11 a.m.: John Taylor, Using Line and Wash in Landscapes (Watercolor), @johnwtaylorart 

~3-4 p.m.: Steve Kell, Importance of a Good Start to a Painting (Oil), 

Sunday, July 25

~1-2 p.m.: Leslie Hamilton, Watercolor underpainting with pastel over (Watercolor/Pastel),

The Top 60 paintings selected will be displayed at the Muth Center and open to the public now through July 25. A portion of the sale proceeds will go to the Newport Bay Conservancy (NBC), resulting in a partial charitable tax write-off for the art purchaser. The show will also be displayed online at

This gallery show of fine art is a collaborative event organized by SOCALPAPA in conjunction with the NBC and OC Parks. SOCALPAPA’s member association dedicates itself to painting outdoors from life.

Newport Bay Conservancy protects and preserves the Upper Newport Bay and its watershed through education, restoration, research and advocacy.

For more information about NBC, visit

For more information about SOCALPAPA, visit the association’s website at

The OC Park’s Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center is located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach.

OC Parks encompasses regional, wilderness and historical facilities, as well as coastal areas throughout the County of Orange. Featuring 60,000 acres of parkland, open space and shoreline, OC Parks preserves and enhances these natural and cultural resources for recreation, education and exploration. For more information about OC Parks, visit

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