Let Loose the Waterworks

When the pandemic prevented them from meeting in person, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association presented their 4th Annual “Waterworks” as an online virtual gallery exhibition and sale July 13 – 19, 2020. Dedicated to works created by LPAPA Members using transparent watercolors, this annual show honors Joe Hanks Van Cleave (1920-2003) who preferred painting with the medium and often exhibited as a member of the Laguna Beach Art Association (1957-1969) in their gallery (now the Laguna Art Museum), which hosted her big one-woman show in July 1962.

From over 145 entries, jurors Cindy Baron (Signature Member of LPAPA), Rosemary Swimm (LPAPA Executive Director), and Linda Stern (Board Member Historical Collection Council) selected 49 original paintings created by LPAPA Signature and Artist Members for the show. Jean Stern (Director Emeritus of Irvine Museum) was the judge for the “Best in Show-Best Plein Air” award.

In addition to the usual awards, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Honorable Mention, and the Peoples’ Choice award (voted on via a Facebook campaign), there was the special Best in Show-Best Plein Air Award. The winner of this award has been invited to participate in the 22nd Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational October 3 – 11, 2020.

Best in Show – Best Plein Air Award was awarded to LPAPA Artist Member – Barbara Tapp “Lay of the Land”
1st Place was awarded to LPAPA Artist Member – Dan Mondloch “24 Below”
2nd Place was awarded to LPAPA Artist Member – Ying Liu “Three Busy Chefs”
3rd Place was awarded to LPAPA Signature Member – Daniel Marshall “Out of Service”
Honorable Mention was awarded to LPAPA Artist Member- Eileen McCullough “Kayak Lessons”
Peoples’ Choice was awarded to LPAPA Signature Member – Durre Waseem “Dubai Sweets”

You can see the entire Waterworks Art Show at DailyBrushwork.com.

LPAPA was founded in 1996 with a mission to preserve Laguna Beach’s rich artistic legacy founded by early plein air artists and promote the tradition of plein air painting in our community, across the nation, and around the world. LPAPA is one of the best recognized and most respected plein air art associations in the world with a growing roster of more than 600 local, national and international artist members. In addition to providing opportunities for established and emerging artists to show their work, LPAPA has a strong commitment to education utilizing their Plein Air Project to benefit young and emerging artists and the greater community.

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