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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. 
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BACK BAY JURIED ART EXHIBIT ready for viewing July 8 - 14.
60 Paintings depicting the Back Bay and Orange County Parks! Selected by Juror Gil Dellinger.
The p
aintings are for sale but cannot be picked up until July 15 during the Art Show and Sale.

Location: Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach (The Muth is closed on Mon 7/10)

44 ARTISTS - several hundred plein air paintings!

The Annual Back Bay Show and Sale is set for the weekend of July 15-16, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission: FREE

SOCALPAPA, together with the Newport Bay Conservancy and OC Parks, will be showing and selling the original plein air artwork of our members in July.  Many of our members are award winning artists and paint in oil, watercolor, acrylic or pastel. 


The weekend sale will be held in an outdoor area overlooking the Upper Newport Bay at the Muth Interpretive Center, located at 2301 University Drive in Newport Beach, CA 92660.  There will also be a preview of artwork for juried awards from July 8-14.  The juried paintings and weekend show and sale are open to the public and the admission is free. There are also 2 children’s art classes on Saturday and Sunday which are free but prior sign-up is required.  Please call 949-923-2269 or to sign-up.

A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Newport Bay Conservancy, a non-profit whose mission is to preserve and educate about the ecological environment of the Newport Bay. Event sponsors are the Newport Bay Conservancy and OC Parks.  Awards sponsors are Randy Higbee Gallery, Da Vinci Paint Co., Art Supply Warehouse, San Clemente Art Supply,  Artwork Essentials and Bellissima Art & Custom Framing.

Above painting by Barbara Davidson - Artists' Choice Award 2016


  LaRock 1          John Eagle 
 Jan  Greg LaRock                   Feb  Anthony Salvo                  March Wendy Wirth                 April Amanda Fish                                              May  John Eagle                                    June  Erich Neubert         

o demo planned in July - we are taking a break - but stay tuned for more to come August and beyond!

                         FEATURED ARTIST    Al Carlson

     Al Carlson 1  Al Carlson 2    Al Carlson 3  

Al Carlson was born and raised in Southern California. He has always been fascinated with the art making process.  After high school, Al became the publications artist for a local community college. He later went on to graduate from California State University at Long Beach with a BA in Art.  He then entered the Masters program for ceramics. Al has spent most of his life either in school, or teaching at the high school, community college and adult school levels. Al has also spent some time as a production potter.

Al: "My inspiration comes from the people, places and things that interest me. My interests range far and wide and are not limited to any particular style. But I really enjoy the challenges of painting out of doors. 

I came upon SoCalPAPA in 2010 while walking the beach at Crystal Cove and  have since become a member, involved in the love of painting outdoors. Socalpapa has been very supportive and nurturing in their role as a respected plein air painting organization.  They have challenged me to put into practice what I tried to teach for almost forty years. It has given me the opportunity to focus on my own direction.  Now that I have retired from teaching, I have become a student again finding out that it's not as easy as it appears.  This has again allowed me to rediscover my passion for the creative process."

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