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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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UPCOMING ACTIVITIES to enrich your painting experience:


LaRock 1 Vanderhoek demo 2
January 27  Demo with Greg LaRock               February 24   Demo with Anthony Salvo               March 24   Demo with Wendy Wirth              April 28  Demo with Amanda Fish              May 19  Demo with John Eagle


AMANDA FISH DEMO - April 28: 
 
Amanda is an award-winning artist with a love of the outdoors.  Amanda paints landscapes with a looser style which allows her to have more freedom with the paint and spontaneity with composition She enjoys the camaraderie with fellow artists who find inspiration painting in plein air. In addition to local California scenes, Amanda has painted in Northern California Wine Country, Idaho and exciting images from her trips to Europe.  Besides landscapes, Amanda is well-known for her still life paintings.


She is a member of the Oil Painters of America, California Art Club and Southern California Plein Air Painters Association. She has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine as an "Artist to Watch".


Demo Location: Sherman Gardens, Corona del Mar. For additional details, please click the Events/Events Calendar tab for April 28.




    SOCALPAPA SPRING SHOW & SALE 2017
   Juried Exhibit 'Spot Of Color' - April 22 - May 6
   Randy Higbee Gallery, 102 Kalmus, Costa Mesa, CA 92627  
           

     Opening Reception: Saturday, April 22, 5:00 - 8:00 PM     Closing Reception:  Sunday, May 6, 5:00 - 8 PM  
    Public is welcome - we love our Patrons and Art Enthusiasts

   .Current Members:  For additional details, please log in and use the 'Documents' tab to download the Prospectus.                                       
     
   
MORE SHOWS to participate in:  SUMMER - BACK BAY /  JULY  *  FALL  /  NOVEMBER   Stay tuned for additional details to be announced                                                                           


FEATURED ARTIST    Kevin Davidson


                
        Saddleback Peak                                                                      Basilica

Back  in the 70’s, when Dinosaurs roamed the Earth, I was a struggling illustrator trying to support a wife, four kids, a few cats, and maintaining a fixer-upper Victorian farmhouse in Old Towne Orange. I had graduated from Art Center College of Design in LA as an illustration major. Back in those days, selling fine art didn’t support too many artists, as opposed to today…wait a minute…anyway, so I became a freelance illustrator, working in a small design studio with fellow former Art Center students for a couple of years until we mercifully closed down. Then I went on my own for about 20-25 years, until I realized the Golden Age of Illustration had long past. At about the turn of the Millenium,  I thought it would be a good idea to transition into Fine Art….specifically watercolor, which of course, is the hardest to learn to do well and make any money on.

 

I was introduced to a watercolor class run by Barbara Stutheit, who at the time was showing in the Cove Gallery in Laguna.  In that class someone brought in a few sheets of Yupo plastic “paper” that you could paint watercolor on and actually make changes because of the slick surface. My style fit right in with the characteristics of the surface, and here, 2000+ paintings later, I’m still using it, although I occasionally do an oil now and then just to break up the routine.

 

With awards too numerous to mention here, I have been talked into doing an occasional Yupo workshop so other people can learn the vagaries of the material without going completely insane. Some actually stick with it….

 

Galleries I’m involved with: Mission Fine Art Gallery in San Juan Capistrano, Crystal Cove “Store” gallery. To see more of my work, click www.watercoloryupo.tumblr.com