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Our members enjoy great benefits throughout the year. SOCALPAPA offers members demos by well-known professional artists, juried art shows and sales, weekly paint-outs, paint-aways to interesting locations outside of Orange County and a fun holiday party to end the year.
An initial artist membership is $70 for the first calendar year. Renewals are $45 in subsequent years.  Renewals can be made during the first quarter of the year,  thereafter the membership price reverts back to $70. 
We love our art patrons - your membership is a cool $35/year.
Student memberships are $35/year.
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44 ARTISTS - several hundred plein air paintings!

The Annual Back Bay Show and Sale is set for the weekend of July 15-16, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission: FREE

SOCALPAPA, together with the Newport Bay Conservancy and OC Parks, will be showing and selling the original plein air artwork of our members in July.  Many of our members are award winning artists and paint in oil, watercolor, acrylic or pastel. 


The weekend sale will be held in an outdoor area overlooking the Upper Newport Bay at the Muth Interpretive Center, located at 2301 University Drive in Newport Beach, CA 92660.  There will also be a preview of artwork for juried awards from July 8-14.  The juried paintings and weekend show and sale are open to the public and the admission is free. There are also 2 children’s art classes on Saturday and Sunday which are free but prior sign-up is required.  Please call 949-923-2269 or to sign-up.

A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Newport Bay Conservancy, a non-profit whose mission is to preserve and educate about the ecological environment of the Newport Bay. Event sponsors are the Newport Bay Conservancy and OC Parks.  Awards sponsors are Randy Higbee Gallery, Da Vinci Paint Co., Art Supply Warehouse, San Clemente Art Supply, and Artwork Essentials.

Above painting by Barbara Davidson - Artists' Choice Award 2016

    SOCALPAPA SPRING SHOW & SALE 2017  Juried Exhibit 'Spot Of Color' - April 22 - May 6
ongratulations to the AWARD WINNERS:
     1st Place - Margaret Larlham    2nd Place Erich Neubert    3rd Place Toni Danchik 
Hon Men Kevin Davidson  
   1st Place - Margaret Larlham                   2nd Place - Erich Neubert                          3rd Place - Toni Danchik                          Hon Mention: Kevin Davidson

     Hon Men Al Carlson      Hon Men Kathleen Strukoff       Ann Rode             
     :Hon.Mention: Al Carlson            Hon.Mention: Kathleen Strukoff   Artist Choice: Ursula Olsson      Artist Choice: Ann Rode         Artist Choice: David Zenger                   



UPCOMING ACTIVITIES to enrich your painting experience:

  LaRock 1       
 January 27  Demo Greg LaRock                   February 24   Demo Anthony Salvo                  March 24   Demo Wendy Wirth                        April 28  Demo Amanda Fish

John Eagle Erich Neubert
May 19  Demo with John Eagle                                  June 30  Demo with Erich Neubert

Erich has been an artist since childhood.  In 1996 he graduated with a  Bachelor's Degree in graphic design from Cal State Fullerton, upon which he promptly went into a career of computers.  After many years, and one too many meetings, he decided to follow his passion and pursue his art career.  After taking a plein air class, he was hooked on painting California Impressionism and hasn't looked back.  Erich is very active in the Southern California Plein Air Painters Association.  Erich also spends a great deal of time on his business ventures,, and now 

Erich is a fun guy - don't miss this demo! Learn and laugh! Location: Heisler Park near Diver's Cove,  Laguna Beach. For additional details, please click the Events/Events Calendar tab for June 30.

                         FEATURED ARTIST    Al Carlson

     Al Carlson 1  Al Carlson 2    Al Carlson 3  

Al Carlson was born and raised in Southern California. He has always been fascinated with the art making process.  After high school, Al became the publications artist for a local community college. He later went on to graduate from California State University at Long Beach with a BA in Art.  He then entered the Masters program for ceramics. Al has spent most of his life either in school, or teaching at the high school, community college and adult school levels. Al has also spent some time as a production potter.

Al: "My inspiration comes from the people, places and things that interest me. My interests range far and wide and are not limited to any particular style. But I really enjoy the challenges of painting out of doors. 

I came upon SoCalPAPA in 2010 while walking the beach at Crystal Cove and  have since become a member, involved in the love of painting outdoors. Socalpapa has been very supportive and nurturing in their role as a respected plein air painting organization.  They have challenged me to put into practice what I tried to teach for almost forty years. It has given me the opportunity to focus on my own direction.  Now that I have retired from teaching, I have become a student again finding out that it's not as easy as it appears.  This has again allowed me to rediscover my passion for the creative process."

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