Every October, Laguna Beach turns into a literal outdoor studio with plein air artists capturing the scenic beauty of Laguna Beach on canvas. The 16th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational is taking over the town from October 12-19 ,showcasing 35 of the nation’s top plein air landscape painters. The artists will be competing for prestigious prizes and participating in the weeklong festivities including public paint outs, painting demonstrations and educational events. It all begins Sunday with the free kick-off Quick Draw at Treasure Island Park.
The Quick Draw begins at 11am and features artists who will have a mere two hours to create a plein air masterpiece. You’ll be able to witness a blank canvas come to life right before your eyes. The paintings, once finished and still wet, will be dropped into frames and delivered to The Ranch at Laguna Beach, where they will be hung and judged for a silent auction. While the artwork is being hung, you are invited to a "Meet & Greet" with the 35 artists before the bidding begins at 3pm.
Be sure to take advantage of complimentary valet parking at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, and then take the free round-trip trolley service to Treasure Island Park.
LAPA Wide Paint Out
Tuesday, October 14
Main Beach Cobblestone, 9am-12:30pm
Witness a sea of artists at Main Beach painting “en plein air!" The newly created artwork of 50 registered LPAPA Member Artists will be exhibited, judged for awards and available for sale immediately following the event.
Next Generation Paint-Out
Wednesday, October 15
Heisler Park, 11am-2pm
Featuring LCAD students you will be able to see how the next generation of painters are perfecting their art. Their works will be exhibited and available for sale at the October 18th Soirée with proceeds to benefit the student artists and the Nina Fitzpatrick Scholarship Fund.
View the Artwork
Sunday, October 19
The Ranch Laguna Beach, 10am-3pm
This is your chance to see 100 original works of art that have been created over the weeklong event. You’ll also be able to purchase one of these masterpieces for yourself! Last year over 550 art enthusiasts attended the event. There also will be complimentary valet service available.
For an extended list of all the week’s events, including tickets to the popular Collector’s Soiree, click HERE. Also get up-to-the-minute news on the events for the week via Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Twitter feed.