Turn on the Waterworks

From the nearly 100 watercolor paintings submitted to the 3rd annual Waterworks, a special juried exhibition of watercolors created by members of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA), jurors Cindy Baron (Signature Artist Member of LPAPA), Celeste Gilles (LPAPA Board Member) and Ludo Leideritz (LPAPA Board Member & owner Forest & Ocean Gallery) selected 38 paintings for the show.

Plein Air Watercolor Paintings

“Wait for the Sunrise” (watercolor, 20 x 14) by Margie Hildreth


“Venice in Love” (watercolor, 12 x 16) by Lisa Fu


“Morning Surf, Laguna Beach” (watercolor, 20 x 14) by Keiko Tanabe


“In the Heart of Florence” (watercolor, 16x 20) by Thomas Bucci


“Tuscan Canal” (watercolor, 12 x 18) by Daniel Marshall

In addition to the artwork, a selection of historical paintings by Joe Hanks Van Cleave from the family’s private collection was exhibited. Joe Hanks Van Cleave painted in all media, and she was a member of the original Laguna Beach Art Association. The Foundation was founded in 2014 in memory of artist Joe Hanks Van Cleave and supports both individual and collaborations with established charitable organizations in the education and artist expression of Plein Air Watercolor artwork in its infinite forms. “Joe’s work tells the story of her family life, travels, her local community, and the architecture and landscapes of California and the southwest.

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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Kelly Kane
PleinAir Magazine and American Watercolor Weekly Editor-in-Chief With more than 20 years experience in art publishing, Kelly Kane has served previously as Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine and Content Director for The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Acrylic Artist, and Pastel Journal. She has interviewed many of the preeminent artists of our time and written numerous articles about painting, drawing, art education and art history. She is now the Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter. Click here to send her an email.


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