Art work produced during the annual Plein Air Invitational and exhibited at the Laguna Art Museum sold Saturday for $142,000.
Proceeds were split between the museum, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn. which sponsors the invitational and the artists.
"This event involves so many parts of the community, put together with the tradition of the art colony," LAM Director Bolton Colburn said. "It is great way for the community to get involved in art."
The museum, originally founded by local artists as a sales gallery for their works, is a major collector of plein air art.
LPAPA, as members are wont to call the association, pronouncing it "Lapapa," was founded in 1996 by artist and board member Saim Caglayan, who participated in the invitational.
"I am pleased with the entire community support," Caglayan said. "But look who is on our board—the mayor."
He credited Elizabeth Pearson with helping to gain community recognition for LPAPA.