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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.
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.
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BACK BAY ART SHOW & SALE
In partnership with Newport Bay Conservancy and OC Parks, Socalpapa's ARTISTS are staging this summer's best ART SHOW & SALE at The Muth Interpretive Center overlooking the beautiful Back Bay.
This is Socalpapa's conservation and fundraising effort for Newport Bay Conservancy. 35% of all sales will go to the Conservancy.
SAVE THE DATE - Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
UPPER CHIQUITA CANYON, RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA
On Friday, April 26, 33 SOCALPAPA Plein Air artists and 13 photographers from the Anaheim Camera Enthusiasts club took advantage of a rare opportunity to take their easels and cameras behind the scenes of Upper Chiquita Canyon Conservation Area to capture a striking natural landscape in a protected wildland that is ordinarily closed to public access.
Hosted by the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA), which owns and manages the 1,158-acre mitigation site that includes rolling hills, grasslands and coastal sage scrub, Upper Chiquita Canyon was once slated for residential and golf course development. TCA, in partnership with environmental organizations and resource agencies, designated the nearly 1,200 acres of land as permanent open space in 1996.
Our group had a most wonderful time capturing the colors of a late Spring landscape with a deep blue sky in the background. We are passionate about plein air art and each artist created up to two paintings to show the years of effort and hard work that went into bringing the non-public land back to its pristine natural habitat.
Thank you, TCA, for offering us this unique opportunity.
FEATURED ARTIST Susan De'Armond
Love for the "outdoors" and art history converged in plein air painting for Susan. Love of nature goes back to a childhood among the orchards and forests of Michigan. There was a spectacular vantage point from the family home to watch the clouds form and roll over a broad view of the countryside. She would often hear "Go play outside," giving her plenty of opportunity to take in the abundant flora and fauna in the fields and orchards and some of the wild places in between. Even then she thought, "How would I paint that?"
Susan was introduced to watercolor for interior design renderings. This gave her love for the medium and architectural detail as well. Following her career in interior design and raising a family she turned to watercolor to express her creativity. A chance encounter with the Plein Air Artists of Riverside brought everything together in plein air painting.
Wonderful watercolor workshops Susan has benefitted from include Frank Eber, Thomas Schaller, Tom Fong, Fealing Lin, Don Andrews and Mel Stabin as well as numerous demonstrations. She also had the benefit of demonstrations by many highly talented oil art artists in the area. She is currently painting in both watercolor and oil.
The pursuit of this passion has taken her all over the Southwest from the California coast to Zion, the Grand Canyon, Red Rock Canyon, Bryce, Monument Valley and various places in New Mexico and Arizona. Now when she wonders, "How would I paint that?".....she just does!
Court of the Patriarchs - Zion Afternoon Glow - Grand Canyon Looks Like Rain - University of Redlands Still Standing - Riverside