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SOCALPAPA Paints the Back Bay and OC Parks

July 11 to July 19 at  SOCALPAPA Gallery

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Please Join SOCALPAPA's Weekly Challenge for July, 2020
"Plein Ole Summer Fun!"

Paint, draw, sketch, scribble... Have fun expressing the fun of summer through your art!

Every Friday of the month we will have a Zoom meeting with a short painting video and a friendly and helpful critique. Check your weekly email for the link to each Friday's zoom meeting.

Here’s what you need to do:


1. Paint, sketch or draw using the weekly theme.
2. Post your weekly painting with hash tag #SOCALPAPA to and 

3. Send Diane ( a jpeg image of your weekly painting every Thursday by 6:00 pm for a critique/discussion.

4. Join the zoom meeting and discussion each Friday of the month 10-11 am.


Plein Ole Summertime Fun is the weekly theme for the month of July 2020.

Friday, July 3, Zoom meeting 10-11AM, share Trees and Summer Fun themed painting, drawing or sketch.

Friday, July 10, Zoom meeting 10-11AM, share Flag(s) and Summer Fun themed painting, drawing or sketch.

Friday, July 17, Zoom meeting 10-11AM, share Shady Spot/Umbrellas and Summer Fun themed painting, drawing or sketch.

Friday, July 24, Zoom meeting 10-11AM, share Water and Summer Fun themed painting, drawing or sketch.
Friday, July 31, Zoom meeting 10-11AM, share Activity and Summer Fun themed painting, drawing or sketch.

The SOCALPAPA 20 Day Challenge was a resounding success! Thanks to all those who participated in this fun event.

To view some of the paintings completed during the challenge, click on the Photo Albums tab at the top of the website.

The mission of the challenge:

SOCALPAPA’s 20 Day Painting Challenge, an opportunity for artists to 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!


   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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SOCALPAPA Featured Artist

Lorraine Dawson has been a SOCALPAPA member since 2015, after a SOCALPAPA member spotted her painting at the Santa Rosa Plateau. The warm invitation to join the plein air group came to pass when she and her husband moved to Orange County in 2014. 

After having been a commercial artist for over 30 years, Lorraine enjoys painting outdoors with like minded friends and artists. She considers her style as contemporary impressionism, using water mixable oils, acrylic or gouache. Her paintings have been exhibited with SOCALPAPA, LPAPA, American Impressionist Society, San Clemente Art Association, Randy Higbee,, Temecula Valley Art League, Fallbrook Art Association, and the Brandon Gallery.

Some of her influencing contemporary artists are Marcia Burtt, Camille Przewodek, Elizabeth Tolley, Michael Obermeyer, John Cosby, Robin Hall, Mike Hernandez, and Ted Goerschner.

To view more of Lorraine’s work , please visit and follow her on instagram #lorrainedawsonart


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: 
   Member Signup / Information

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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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

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. 

Thank You to our Sponsors
A special thank you to our sponsors for their generous support

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