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SOCALPAPA artists return to Upper Newport Bay, juried winners announced

SOCALPAPA artists returned to the Upper Newport Bay this past weekend for the association’s Fine Arts Juried Event and Display Sale at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. The two-part celebration and showcase included a juried plein air art competition featuring the Back Bay and OC Parks on Friday, July 26 and a weekend display show and sale featuring a variety of original art of Newport Bay, OC parks, local iconic scenes as well as still lifes and iconic landscapes, both local and around the world by 40 artists. A portion of the sale proceeds will go to the Newport Bay Conservancy.

SOCALPAPA Eileen and Michael

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Photo by Volunteer Naturalist Holly Fuhrer

First place winner, artist Eileen McCullough for “Back Bay Stroll” in watercolor with nationally recognized artist, Michael Obermeyer, who judged the artworks

Here are the winning artists from the Juried Show:

–1st Place: Eileen McCullough for Back Bay Strollers, watercolor

–2nd Place: Sung Su for Reflections at the Back Bay, oil

–3rd Place: Kevin Davidson for Boat House, Irvine Park, oil

–Artist Choice (tie): Kevin Davidson for Boat House, Irvine Park, oil, and Kathleen Williams for Big Bend, oil

SOCALPAPA Sung Su

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Second place winner, artist Sung Su for “Reflections at the Back Bay” in oil

–Honorable Mention: Al Carlson for On the Trail, oil

–Honorable Mention: Jean Choi for Afternoon Glow, O’Neil Regional Park, pastel

–Honorable Mention: Steve Kell for Ridgeline, oil

–Honorable Mention: Kirsten Anderson for Reflections of Summer, oil

–Honorable Mention: Ursula Olsson for Equestrian Day in Limestone, oil

–Robinson Award: Kirsten Anderson for Reflections of Summer

–O.C. Parks Award: Kirsten Anderson for Sunset Surprise

SOCALPAPA Kathleen, Kevin and Caryn

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(L-R) Kathleen Williams, show co-director, treasurer of SOCALPAPA and Artist Choice (tie) for “Big Bend” in oil; Kevin Davidson, third place winner for “Boat House, Irvine Park” in oil; and Caryn Maldonado, show co-director and past president of SOCALPAPA

SOCALPAPA kid artists

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Budding young artists paint during the instructor-led art class

Free painting classes for kids 7-12 years old were offered on both Saturday and Sunday. SOCALPAPA artists and art instructors Sandra Morrison and Dawn Buckingham provided the children with an unforgettable fine art experience. All materials were supplied and participants took home a completed painting at the end of each class.

SOCALPAPA four ladies

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Photo by Lana Johnson

(L-R) Artist Rita Olin; Kathleen Williams; Ursula Olsson, show co-director and Honorable Mention forEquestrian Day in Limestone,” in oil; and Caryn Maldonado

This festival of fine art is a collaborative event organized by SOCALPAPA in conjunction with the Newport Bay Conservancy (NBC) and Orange County Parks. SOCALPAPA’s nearly 150-member association dedicates itself to painting outdoors from life. For more information about SOCALPAPA, visit the association’s website at www.socalpapa.com.