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has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University, Long Beach.  She also also attended Bongart School of Fine Art in Santa Monica where she studied under Sergei Bongart, a master of Russian Impressionism.  Ursula is fascinated by colors, shadows and lines in the landscape where the hues and shadows are constantly changing with the position of the sun. She also enjoys painting still lifes in the more controlled environment of her studio.  Always her paintings are not mirrors of reality but rather her impression of the reality she sees before her.


The Socalpapa Board of Directors for 2020 will be voted on at the November 13, 2019 Board & Election Meeting (10:00 a.m. at the Muth Interpretive Center Conference Room, 2301 University, Newport Beach; General Membership Meeting and Potluck to follow at 12 Noon.)

Nominations for all Board Positions are now open.  President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Advertising/Promotion Director, and Directors at Large are elected positions.  Committee heads and members are volunteers who are appointed and need not be elected.  They are very important to the functioning of the Club.  Please consider nominating yourself or another active Socalpapa member for Elected Board and/or Committee positions that are necessary for another successful Socalpapa year.  To nominate yourself or someone else, go to the "Volunteering" tab at the top of this page and follow the prompts.  The various open positions are listed.  If you need website assistance, please contact Socalpapa webmaster, Anne Small at or  If you have questions about the open positions and the duties of each, please contact Kathleen Williams at

ernando Micheli To Be Our Juror

The October Quick Draw at the Newport Beach Back Bay (for members only) is now up on the website and open for registration.  LOG IN to the website. Go to the 'Events' tab at the top of the home page, and then go to October.  On October 26, you will see a purple bar with the name 'Fall Quick Draw."  Click on that and it will take you to the registration page where you can register and pay the $25.00 registration fee.  

The schedule for the event is as follows:

Canvases to be stamped at the Muth Center Conference Room between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m.

Paint anywhere on the Newport Back Bay.  Return with your painting(s) at 11:30 a.m. to frame and hang them.  (Bring your supplies for framing and price cards.)  

Lunch will be provided by Socalpapa at 12:00 noon in the Muth Conference Room.  

Judging for awards will be at approximately 1:00 p.m., and the winners will be announced at approximately 2:00 p.m.  

Paintings may stay on display at the Muth Center for the entire week (until the next Saturday). 


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.
Membership is $65 per calendar year. Renewals are made during December and January of each year.  Please be aware that should you choose to join our group late in the year, or renew late, we will be unable to grant an extension of the fee into the following year.
We love our art patrons - your membership is a cool $35/year. Student memberships are $35/year.
Join our group of enthusiastic outdoor painters - be part of the fun - and click here to sign up: 
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