Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational

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Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting InvitationalThe 15th annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational will be held in Laguna Beach October 13 – 20, 2013 (see schedule and venues below).

North America’s most renowned plein air landscape painters will compete for prestigious prizes and participate in the week-long event including public paint-outs and artist meet and greets.

The highly anticipated Collectors’ Soiree, “Coastal Chic at Aliso Creek” will be held on October 19, 2013 at the Aliso Creek Inn, in the majestic Aliso Canyon – the “Yosemite” of Laguna Beach – from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Tickets to the soiree are $100, and all proceeds go to the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art organization.

Schedule of Events

Quick Draw Paint Out at Treasure Island
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Watch as artists complete a work of art in only two hours.

Meet and Greet Reception with Artists at Aliso Creek Inn
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Join us at Aliso Creek and meet the artists.

Quick Draw Silent Auction at Aliso Creek Inn
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Bid on works of art created just hours earlier.

Kid’s Paint Out and Cupcake Reception at Heisler Park
10:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m
This event is designed to educate local students about plein air painting. The students will be paired with plein air painters attending the invitational to get inspired and learn new techniques from the masters. The day will conclude with a cupcake celebration and the students art work will be available for sale at the Collectors’Party/Soiree with the proceeds benefiting the participating schools.

Fine Art Lectures and Presentations at Aliso Creek Inn
6:30-8:30 p.m., $20.00 at the door or through Laguna Plein Air.

Tours of Laguna, Aliso & Wood Canyon Wilderness Parks
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Watch the artists in action during a hike exploring the Laguna Beach wilderness

Plein Air Lecture at Aliso Creek
7:00 p.m., $20.00 at the door or through Laguna Plein Air.
Mr. Jean Stern, Executive Director of the Irvine Museum and an expert on California Impressionism will host a lecture about developing a critical eye for art.

LCAD Next Generation Paint Out at Heisler Park
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Featuring students from Laguna College of Art + Design
This event is designed to cultivate the next generation of plein air painters. This event also aims to deepen Laguna Beach’s reputation as an arts destination by giving the community and guests the opportunity to view the work of younger artists.

Aliso Creek Paint Out at Aliso Creek Inn
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Watch as artists paint the “Yosemite of Laguna Beach”.

Outdoor Artist Demonstrations at Heisler Park
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Learn how artists work in different mediums.

Collectors’ Party/Soiree – “Coastal Chic at Aliso Creek” at Aliso Creek Inn
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Attendees at this event will have the first chance to view and to purchase, in advance of the general public, the artworks created throughout the week by the participating plein air artists.
Tickets $100 each, email, call Rosemary Swimm at 949-584-9162 or purchase tickets through Laguna Plein Air.

Public Art Show and Sale at Aliso Creek Inn
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The week-long event culminates with an exciting
Public Sale free to the public, and welcomes over 500 enthusiastic guests who have the opportunity to meet the participating artists and purchase additional paintings.


For more information and tickets please visit or contact

Also see Getting to Laguna Beach.

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Author: Laguna Beach Gazette

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