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Please Join SOCALPAPA's Weekly Challenge for September, 2020
We have a painting group that meets online Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. for an hour of sharing work, along with a friendly and helpful critique. It has been a welcoming, fun, supportive experience for all levels of artists, and we learn something new each week. 
Would you like to join us?  We'd love to have you participate.

Here’s what you need to do:


1. Paint, sketch or draw using the weekly theme.  Have fun, be inspired, create!
2. Join the Zoom meeting and discussion each Friday of the month 10-11 am at this link   The meeting ID is Meeting ID: 217 382 8856 *The link no longer changes each week!  Keep this link handy or find it again in your Wednesday Newsletter. Each artist will have approximately 3 minutes for sharing in order for everyone to be able to participate. If you have any trouble getting into the meeting, email  This will be monitored at the start of the meeting for help.

We use "Zoom" to share images of our artwork right from our own screens. The Zoom application can be downloaded quickly from the internet and is easy to use. It's best if you have a PC, laptop or iPad (phones are not as friendly); you'll need a device with a camera and a microphone, and you'll need to have pictures of your artwork stored on the device (PC, etc) to share.  Questions? Email: 

Friday, September 4, Zoom Meeting 10-11am, theme of the week: line, host: Kevin Davidson
Friday, September 11, Zoom Meeting 10-11am, theme of the week: landscape paintings with rocks, host: Sandy Morrison
Friday, September 18, Zoom Meeting 10-11am, theme of the week: light and shadow, host: Randi Moran
Friday, September 25, Zoom Meeting 10-11am, theme of the week: "Go Big" using a smaller painting or sketch, challenge yourself to paint the original on a large canvas, host: Diane Prendergast

This will be a fun discussion!

Would you like to join the group, but don’t know how to set up and use Zoom?  We can get you started!  
Dawn Buckingham is offering FREE online sessions to teach you how to use Zoom.  If you want to schedule a session email just email us at to sign up. Once you sign up, you will get an email with an invitation to the next Zoom training session and easy instructions for how to log in.
Thanks and hope to see you there!


Compiled by: Jim Ellsberry, President SocalPapa

Painting outdoors in natural light – or “en plein air” - enjoys worldwide popularity. There are annual competitions, large informative gatherings, and many organizations dedicated to promoting the practice of plein air painting. SOCALPAPA is one of these organizations, celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year.

SOCALPAPA started as 
an off-shoot of a plein air painting class taught by artist Jeff Horn at Irvine Valley College. Jeff’s small group gained attention not only for their outdoor presence but also for the fine art they produced.  Their work began to appear in places like Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, and the Upper Newport Back Bay. Soon the group went from a few to many, and was formally organized under its first President and founder Margaret Jamison.

   Now, 20 years later, SOCALPAPA continues to promote plein air painting throughout Southern California. Its robust membership is active in arts education and community outreach. Partnerships with local businesses and institutions have now grown to include the Newport Bay Conservancy. The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center at the Back Bay, in association with OC Parks, graciously provides a meeting space for SocalPapa, plus the center sponsors an annual exhibit and juried show for its members.

   Many members of the small group that started two decades ago have received national recognition for their work and their support of the arts. Jeff and Margaret are still active painters today. And the organization they formed continues to encourage others to grow as artists, and to document, respect and care for the open spaces of Southern California.

SOCALPAPA Featured Artist

Arlene Cartozian is both artist and art educator. She was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in the Central San Joaquin Valley. After earning a bachelor’s degree from USC and teaching at every level, she pursued her love for sculpture, completing a master’s degree at CSU, Long Beach.

Since retiring from the classroom and teaching at CSULB, she has been painting in oils and watercolor. She especially enjoys painting while travelling but also spends creative hours in her personal studio at home.


   For 20 years now, SOCALPAPA has been promoting plein air painting in Southern California. But we too are impacted by restrictions right now. Our weekly paint-outs and demos have been temporarily suspended along with other social gatherings.

   On a more positive note - as a MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT - we are working to create virtual demos and events, online promotion of our work, plus other art-related resources that can be helpful, instructional and inspiring to painters. IMPORTANT: If you can contribute in any way, please let us know.

   Our premiere event each year is the Newport Back Bay Show and Sale, held at the Muth Interpretive Center. We are hoping this July 2020 event will still take place - and we will keep you informed. We are also hopeful that our Annual Christmas Party gathering will close out this challenging year and provide a time to reflect, share and reconnect with each other.

Stay well, be safe, and continue to paint!

If you haven’t renewed your membership, please help us by doing so! Member Signup / Information

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Our members enjoy great benefits throughout the year. SOCALPAPA offers painting demos (to be online in 2020), information about local plus national online shows and sales, and suggestions on great places in Southern California to individually get out and paint - mountains to sea! Looking ahead - if current CA restrictions on gatherings are eased - our premiere event is the Back Bay Show and Sale and we close the year with a wonderful holiday party!

Membership is $65 per calendar year. Renewals are made during December and January each year.  Please be aware that if you join late in the year, or renew late, we are not able to extend your fee into the following year.

We love our Art Patrons and our Student members! Your Patron membership is a cool $35/year.
Student memberships are $35/year. Again, renewals are in December and January.
Join our group of enthusiastic outdoor painters - be part of the fun - and click here to sign up: 
   Member Signup / Information

Announcing the 2020 Board Members

SOCALPAPA's new board members will be taking over starting January 2020. We appreciate their interest and commitment!

SOCALPAPA's Board Members

President - Jim Ellsberry

Vice President - Randi Moran  

Secretary - Manjula Jain  

Adv/Promotion - Diane Prendergast  

Directors at Large 

Past president - Kevin Davidson  Demos - Al Carlson

Webmaster - Anne Small  Other - Helen Bell

Other Lorraine Dawson


OPEN positions:

Treasurer - (acting Kathleen Williams)

Newsletter - 
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Weekly Bulletin

Caryn Maldanado

   Kathleen Williams is acting treasurer, but she would like to let someone else take the treasurer's position for 2020. If you would like to volunteer or know someone else who would, please contact us through the website at or Anne Small at If you have questions as to what the treasurer's job entails, you can contact Kathleen Williams directly at

Bi-Monthly Board Meetings - 2020 / Wednesdays, 10am-12Noon

Meeting dates are Jan. 8, Mar. 11, May 13, July 8, Sept. 9 and Nov. 11. Until further notice, all Board meetings will be held online. All SOCALPAPA members are welcome to join the Board meeting, and instructions to do so will be published prior to each date. 

Your help, support and ideas are encouraged. 

Thank You to our Sponsors
A special thank you to our sponsors for their generous support

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