Despite gloomy skies and spurts of rain, the 11th annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, hosted by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn. and Laguna Art Museum, has seen a successful week for its 50 noted artists, who will present their paintings at a public exhibition and sale at Sunday’s closing soiree.
Forty artists were chosen to return based on past participation and their sales, while 10 new artists, including the first place winner of the association’s Best of Plein Air show, Erich Neubert, were also invited to partake in the prestigious event.
Rosemary Swimm, a representative for the association, said the weather did not interfere with the production of great art.
“With a plein air event, weather always has some effect on the artists,” she said. “This year’s [participants] have been coping very well, and we had studio sessions set up at the museum with still life studies and a model for artists who wanted to get out of the rain.