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Juried Fine Art Show and Sale           Painting The Light - Land and Sea         Show Closed November 19, 2016
More than 60 plein air paintings were on display including landscapes, seascapes, nocturnes, urban landscapes
     3rd prize
First Place - Tony Danchik                          Second Place - Kim VanDerHoek                    Third Place - John Eagle
                                                                   "Last Light at Diver's Cove"                              "Vineyard Patterns"                                  Laguna Wilderness                                                                       
Hon Gobind  Hon Salvo  Hon Williams
Honorable Mention - Gobind Boyes              Honorable Mention - Tony Salvo                  Honorable Mention - Kathleen Williams
"Afternoon Light"                                   "Morning On Main Beach"                             "Sunlight On Trail"
Best Framing                  AS Costello                
       Best Framing Award - Kevin Davidson                           Albert Stanchfield Memorial Award - Tie                     Albert Stanchfield Memorial Award - Tie
       Convict Creek Aspen                                    Katie Costello "There Was A Crooked Staircase"       Tony Danchik "Last Light at Diver's Cove"
What a lovely SOCALPAPA Fall Show in Studio 2817!
A huge THANK YOU and MUCH APPRECIATION to all the volunteers who helped make this show successful. Tony Salvo’s Studio 2817 was a perfect location and, of course, a great host. Judge Mark Jacobucci really took his time selecting his award winners and was gracious in telling us all why each painting was worthy. The show had 43 artists entering 112 paintings of which 65 were hung in our lovely show. We thank every artist for participating and encourage everyone to happily keep painting. Our shows are for the very first entry artists as well as the seasoned juried show artist. We are proud to be an organization that supports artists at all levels and share in their joy of a first juried-in entry as well as their first sale. We are very pleased to say we’ve had both happen in our show!

New this show were 2 awards: The Best Framing Co. Award and the 2016 Albert Stanchfield Award (sponsored by Tony Salvo, Wendy Wirth & JoAnn Royal). We will be discussing SOCALPAPA sponsoring the Memorial Stanchfield award annually, so your thoughts on this subject to are welcomed.

Congratulations to all the Award Winners,
Helen Bell & JoAnn Royal

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FEATURED ARTIST     Kathleen Michele Williams



Since retiring from my law career, I have devoted myself full time to my first and lifelong love of art and oil painting in particular. I have studied in classes and workshops to hone my skills, and I paint almost daily, both in plein air and in my Anaheim Hills home studio. I am a member of Oil Painters of America, the California Art Club, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and Southern California Plein Air Painters Association.
Nature is my greatest inspiration. There are so many beautiful and iconic landscape features here in California. When not painting outdoors 'en plein air', I can be found painting in my home studio where I use plein air studies and photographic references to create larger landscape pieces and where I also paint still lifes, figurative pieces and portraits.
I have been juried in to numerous gallery exhibitions over the last four years including, to mention a few: Chemers' Gallery, "Viewpoints", and "The HeART of Orange County", LPAPA's "Best of Plein Air" and "Less Is More", Higbee Gallery's "Urban Beauty", and "Six Inch Squared", Socalpapa's "Back Bay Show" and "Painting The Light of Spring", California Art Club's "Art of the West" at the Wiesenthorp Gallery and "Small Town USA" and "Endless Summer" at the Altadena Town & Country Club; also Huse Gallery's "Holiday Treasures", Lofts Gallery "Local Color", and Saga Gallery's "Small Works". I have also exhibited and been a demonstrator the last three years at the Orange County Fair, Fine Arts Building.
My goal in each painting is to capture on canvas the feeling or story elicited from the scene or subject at a particular moment in time. This is best done not so much by simply a depiction of the subject or scene itself, but by what is revealed by the light falling on form. This is called 'painting the light', and it is what I strive to do in each of my paintings.   To see more of Kathleen's work, click here