SOCALPAPA announces 16th Annual Back Bay Plein Air Art Festival

SOCALPAPA’s 16th Annual Back Bay Plein Air Art Festival will take place again in Newport Beach from July 13-21.

This week-long festival of art is open to the public to attend, and celebrates the natural beauty of Upper Newport Bay and other OC parks, beaches and wilderness, as captured by local artists.

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Photos courtesy of SOCALPAPA

Winners and judges from the Quick Draw, 2023

Plein air (a French term meaning open air), describes the practice of painting outdoors, capturing the essence of natural landscapes. The open-air setting at Upper Newport Bay is an ideal backdrop for the events. Locals can enjoy a day filled with nature and art, meet the local artists and engage in various activities.

Jointly presented by SOCALPAPA (Southern California Plein Air Painters Association), the Newport Bay Conservancy and OC Parks, the festival brings visitors and artists together in several different events throughout the week. Events take place at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center at Upper Newport Bay, unless otherwise noted. It is located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach. Free parking and free admission unless otherwise noted.

Schedule of Events:

July 13 “Quick Draw” Painting Competition

~Painting on the Trails, 8-11 a.m.

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An artist on a trail during the Plein Air Quick Draw

Watch artists engage in a friendly competition as they paint alongside many of the trails surrounding the Big Canyon area of the bay. Take time to explore the natural beauty that attracts so many people here. Artists can enter the competition at www.socalpapa.com.
All artists are welcome to participate (non-club members registration fee $45). There is an opportunity for artists to win cash and prizes valued at $1,000, and to sell their paintings to the public.

~Artwork viewing & Awards, 2-4 p.m.

Paintings done in the morning will be framed and hung, then awarded prizes by their esteemed judge, artist Marc Jacobucci. The public awards ceremony is followed by a viewing and sale of the artwork at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, and will remain on display and for sale through July 19.

July 13-19: Best of OC Parks and Newport Bay Plein Air Art Show & Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Closed Monday, July 15)

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Attendees enjoying the art show

View and shop 60 paintings that were preselected for this special exhibit. All paintings curated into this juried show were painted en plein air – outside in the open air – and highlight the beauty of OC Parks’ landscapes including iconic areas such as Irvine Regional Park, Peter’s Canyon, Salt Creek Beach and Upper Newport Bay.

Saturday, July 20 and Sunday July 21: Weekend Art Show & Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

View several hundred additional original paintings by 40 SOCALPAPA artists. Club artists will display their award-winning artwork judged by artist Geoff Allen. Meet the artists while shopping and enjoy live music, an original painting giveaway, with food and beverages available for purchase. All of this while enjoying the beautiful natural views and trails of Upper Newport Bay.

Art Classes for Adults and Kids

SOCALPAPA is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the tradition of plein-air painting, bringing artists together both experienced and new to share knowledge and promoting arts education. In this spirit, four art classes will be held during the week of the festival. Held at the Muth Center classrooms (indoors) and led by experienced SOCALPAPA club artists, these classes will provide students with an unforgettable fine art experience. Get a taste of art this summer with one of their classes! Register at https://paintUNB.eventbrite.com.

~Adult Classes: All materials are supplied. Participants will take home a completed painting at the end of the class. $10 materials fee.

–Tuesday, July 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – oil class with instructor Karen Wadsworth

–Wednesday, July 17, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – pastel class with instructor Mike Major

~Children’s Classes: All materials are supplied. Participants ages 7-12 will take home a completed painting at the end of the class.

–Thursday, July 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – acrylic class with instructor Ellen Emmer

–Friday, July 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – acrylic class with instructor Sandra Morrison

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Vendor booths

The Southern California Plein Air Painters Association (SOCALPAPA) was founded in 2001 by local landscape painters Maggie Jamison and Jeff Horn. From a small group to a much larger one today, the group’s objectives remain the same: Bring together artists – both experienced and new – share knowledge, promote arts education and support local conservation efforts that protect our natural landscape. The not-for-profit club’s long-standing partnership with OC Parks, the Newport Bay Conservancy and the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center are examples of the club’s mission at work: Thirty-five percent of the proceeds of art sales are donated to protecting and preserving the bay.

For more information, visit www.socalpapa.com and www.newportbay.org.


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