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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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BB Art Show
We are excited to tell you about this annual event!
The Back Bay Art Show & Sale
Each year, we work closely with the Newport Bay Conservancy to put on a great week of art.
First, SOCALPAPA member artists work diligently to paint current perspectives on the Back Bay and submit their work to a highly qualified juror. If selected, these new works are judged and awarded, where they remain on display from Friday, October 12 through Friday October 19, at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center.  In addition to the juried show, and beginning Saturday, October 20 through Sunday, October 21, over 30 SOCALPAPA artists will have their work on display and for sale.

Come by and see the juried show during the Muth's regular hours, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tuesday Through Sunday.

                Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

A portion of all art sales go to The Newport Bay Conservancy. NBC is focused on education and conservation of Newport's Upper Back Bay. Find out more at
On Saturday and Sunday, SOCALPAPA members will host free art classes for children ages 7 - 12. Registration is required and may be secured by contacting NBC at (949) 923-2269 or via email to

We are very proud of the high quality art we will have on display and hope to see you there!

                                                                            The Artwork pictured here is 2017's Artist Choice Award painted by SOCALPAPA member Sung Su

           'BACK BAY QUICK DRAW'    July 13, 2018   Congratulations to the Award Winners: 

                                                            Carla Bosch - 1st Prize - Back Bay Summer Morning                                           Wendy Li-Bertrams - 2nd Prize - Back Bay Color

         Durre Waseem - 3rd Prize - Walk at the Back Bay       Toni Danchik - Hon.Mention - Back Bay Plein Air            Sung Su - Hon.Mention - Wile Rest Area

FEATURED ARTIST   John White        


John is an award winning artist born and raised in Southern California. He has been drawing and painting his entire life and studied graphic design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.  After a long career in design and advertising,  John retired to spend time painting, both studio and plein air. He also heads up the advertising program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

John participates in plein air competitions all over the western states and participates in various shows.  John is a member of Oil Painters of America, Southern California Plein Air Painters Association,  Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, National Acrylic Painters Association and the California Art Club. 

To see more of John's art, please click here:     John White Studios 


First Impression 9x12                                             Finished Art:  First Light - Seine River  24x30                                                      First Impression 12x9                           Finished Art: Threading The Needle  24x18