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SOCALPAPA 20-Day Challenge - April 1-30, 2020

Celebrating 20 years of 

Plein Air Painting in Southern California

Join us in SoCALPAPA’s 20-Day Painting Challenge as we take care of others, and ourselves physically and mentally. It’s been said that engaging in mindfulness activities (like painting) is one way to help stay grounded when things feel beyond our control. 

So let’s stay connected through our art!



1. Create a painting, drawing or sketch from inside your home. (i.e. catch that morning light streaming through the window)

2. Plein air painting, drawing or sketch from your own backyard, front yard, balcony, window…

3. Still life painting, drawing or sketch. 

4. Painting, drawing or sketch of your favorite OC Parks from sketches, photos and /or memory, for this summer’s Back Bay show.

5. Follow Covid 19 guidelines to stay safe

6. Set clear and realistic goals. Example: 6” x 6”, 5” x 7”, 6” x 8” small formats are good sizes. ‘Works in progress’ may be posted daily as they progress toward completion.

7. And most of all stay safe, have fun, and keep those brushes wet!  


Ways to share your paintings:

Post-daily paintings on:

Facebook: Southern California Plein Air Painters Association

For Instagram users include: #socal_papa, #socal_papachallenge

Email image (actual size) to Diane Prendergast:


Label daily paintings Day 1, Day 2, etc. Name (optional), title of painting

Sample: Day 1, Lorraine, Talking Chairs


Paintings, drawings and sketches will be posted on SOCALPAPA’s Facebook, Instagram and website.


Prize Money

All SOCALPAPA members who have painted, drawn or sketched and posted for 20 days (from April 1-30, 2020) will be entered into the drawing to win $50 cash. (3) $50 cash prizes will be awarded.

If you wish to participate in the drawing please email Diane Prendergast: your name, email, phone number.


Got questions? Contact:

Diane Prendergast, email:

Lorraine Dawson, email:


   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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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. 

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SOCALPAPA Featured Artist

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Since retirement from her law career seven years ago, Kathleen Williams has at last been able to devote herself full time to her first love, art, and more specifically, oil painting.  Kathleen has studied extensively in classes and workshops, and she has been painting, painting, painting, painting, both plein air and in the studio. The result is Kathleen's work has been admitted to numerous juried shows and exhibits, where several of her paintings have won awards.  She has been a been a demonstrator and for the last three years the judge/juror for the Orange County Fair's annual contest and exhibit, "Plein Air at the Fair."  Her work can be seen at the Cottage Gallery in San Juan Capistrano and on her website at

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)

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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


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: 
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