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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.
Join our group of enthusiastic outdoor painters - be part of the fun - and click here to sign up:

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TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP

CLICK THE RED BUTTON NEXT TO YOUR NAME (NAME IN TOP RIGHT CORNER)  Last Day to renew is March 31, 2017.




UPCOMING ACTIVITIES to enrich your painting experience:


Obereyer demo    LaRock 1   LaRock 2   Vanderhoek demo 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


WENDY WIRTH DEMO: 
 
Long time Socalpapa member, former President and Board member, Wendy Wirth, will be providing an informative demo at one of the most picturesque locations along Laguna Canyon Road. Wendy is a Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Juried Artist/Exhibitor, member of LPAPA and participating artist in LPAPA's 15th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational, and California Art Club Artist Member.
Her paintings have received numerous awards and are in collections across the country.

Demo Location: Big Bend Trail parking lot (Gate 7), Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. 
For additional details, please click the Events/Events Calendar tab for March 24.




    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