In The Arts

October 07, 2010

Plein air painting invitational begins

Plein air painters will descend on Laguna Beach today through Oct. 17, when the Laguna Art Museum and Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn. host the 12th annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational. Fifty artists from across the country have been invited to participate and paint the landscape of Laguna Beach and surrounding areas.

The Invitational is a weeklong celebration culminating in the Collectors' Soirée and Sale on Oct. 16 at Laguna Art Museum.

An anticipated 200 guests will attend the Soirée and have the first opportunity to view and purchase, in advance of the general public, artworks created throughout the week by the invited plein air artists, with cocktails, food and live music.


The Collectors' Soirée will also feature "Trust Your Plein Sight." All paintings in this portion of the Collectors' Soirée and Sale will be 8x10 inches and will be created during the October 10 Paint Out at Treasure Island Park. Each painting will be priced at $300 (although their actual values are much higher). Collectors will need to trust their instincts, because only after the purchase is made will the artist's name be revealed.

Tickets to the Soirée are $125 for museum members, and $150 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online at, at the Laguna Art Museum Front Desk, or by calling (949) 494-8971 ext. s203.

In addition to the Collectors' Soirée, the Invitational will host the following events:

•Paint Out: From 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, 50 artists will compete in a Paint Out at Treasure Island Park. The artists will create 8x10 inch study paintings that will be offered for $300 at the Collectors' Soirée and Sale Saturday evening.

•Quick Draw: From 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 16, overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the cliffs of Heisler Park (adjacent to Laguna Art Museum), and under the gaze of hundreds of onlookers, artists will have two hours to complete a work of art. Then, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the still-wet paintings will be moved to Laguna Art Museum and offered in a silent auction. Last year, more than 500 people attended this auction.

•From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17, the museum will be open free for a Public Art Show and Sale. The museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive. For more information, call (949) 494-8971 or visit


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