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Attention aspiring artists! Are you hesitant to join our plein air painting club because you lack experience? Fear not! Our group is all about learning and growing together. You don't need to be a seasoned painter to participate. Whether you're just starting out or have been dabbling in art for some time, our welcoming community fosters a supportive environment where members can share knowledge, techniques, and inspiration. Join us as we explore the beauty of outdoor painting and embark on a journey of artistic development together!

For this year's Back Bay Plein Air Festival

July 13-21, 2024



Weekend Show & Sale: Registration is now closed 

Quick Draw registration open now through July 6th, or register in person the day of the event.


The SOCALPAPA, Newport Bay Conservancy and OC Parks 

annual Back Bay Plein Air Festival is back again this July 13th - 21st.

Events will include: 


July 13-19 : SOCALPAPA Artists Juried Show


July 13:  Quick Draw Competition, Open to the Public & SOCALPAPA artists


July 16-19: A week of Art Classes for Children & Adults


July 19: Artists' Reception & Awards




July 20 & 21: Weekend Show & Sale


Last year, over 1,200 people visited the Festival and participation in events was high. Over 40 paintings were sold, and over $2,000 in cash and prizes were awarded. This year, the Quick Draw will be held at Big Canyon & the Muth Center, and we have other amazing things planned - we expect another successful festival! We hope you will join us for some or all of the events! 

New 2-day workshop registration now open

DiFronzo no stars


Francis DiFronzo's method begins with using acrylic paint to swiftly capture the scene in a medium that dries quickly. He then transitions to oil paint, refining and completing the artwork within just 2-3 hours.

DATES: SEPTEMBER 7 & 8, 2024

TIME: 9:30am – 4pm both days

LOCATION: Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Drive, Orange, CA 92869

Go to the event page for more information and to register FRANCIS DIFRONZO 2-DAY PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP

Calling all volunteers!

SOCALPAPA needs your help for future events. 

Needed now: 


The Back Bay committee is the most urgent right now, as the planning meetings with the various parties involved start are well along the way. But committee chair Ellen Emmer along with 2023 co-chairs Randy Moran and Anne Kupillas still need help, especially as the event will be here before we know it.


Volunteering is a great way to help make the club events a success and to support your fellow club members, while having fun doing so.If you're interested in volunteering, or learning more about the commitments involved in the specific roles, or are curious about other opportunities to get involved, please contact Denise Bradley here:


I want to help!

Hortense Miller Garden Show Jun 22, 2024 - August 31, 2024

It Is Time to Register for the Second Hortense Miller Garden Summer Show!

The Hortense Miller Garden in Laguna Beach has invited SOCALPAPA to paint with them again and to show paintings in the Aviary Gallery, part of the historic Mid-Century Modern home built by the Millers in the 1950s.

This first SOCALPAPA Hortense Miller Summer Display Show is now open at the Hortense Miller Garden in Laguna Beach. We are getting great comments about the art.


This is a non-juried show for SOCALPAPA members only!

All works must be of the HM Garden property or of views from the property; 

plein air or studio. This show will be limited to one painting per artist.

There are a limited number of spaces available to us to paint the beautiful gardens in Laguna Beach ahead of this showcase. 


Registration is now open for the second show to be on display from August 3 to August 31. Go to

Click here for more information


Submission ends July 31, 2024

Register to paint by emailing Diane Lannon, You may paint at the garden even if you do not plan to enter the show. Artists meet Diane at Riddle Field at 9:00 am and may paint until noon. Painting times must be scheduled and are available on the following dates:

Schedule of Paint Out Dates:

 Saturday, July 13

Thursday, July 18

Saturday, Aug 10

Thursday, Aug. 29


Contact Diane Lannon at to reserve a spot. 



Link here for more information on the beautiful gardens:

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