2021 Plein Air Festival

2021 PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL

Festival: July 24–31, 2021

Exhibition And Auction: August 1–October 10, 2021

View and Bid on the Plein Air Festival Juried Exhibition and Auction

Closing on October 10 at 5:00pm

 
Painting Southern California in the open air in one of only 14 designated California Cultural Districts

As part of OMA’s inaugural Plein Air Festival artists at all levels of experience were invited to come to the burgeoning coastal city of Oceanside to paint Southern California in the open air. Oceanside offers gorgeous coastlines, charming cityscapes, peaceful lagoons, rolling hills with lush ora and fauna, and the historic Mission San Luis Rey, among other visual splendor to capture in any artistic media.

The 2021 Plein Air Festival Juried Exhibition is a stunning showcase of original plein air works of art representing Southern California’s natural beauty and urban environments in a variety of media, all created over the course of one exciting week. This exhibition is also a rare opportunity to collect artworks from prominent plein air painters through a virtual silent auction. Proceeds bene the artists and OMA’s Exhibition Fund. Click here to see a full list of exhibiting artists and award winners.



Festival Overview

Open To Artists Of All Skill Levels From Beginner To Professional

Oceanside offers gorgeous coastlines, charming cityscapes, peaceful lagoons, rolling hills with lush flora and fauna, and the historic Mission San Luis Rey, among other visual splendor to capture on canvas or media of your choosing. Plein air painting is a painting completed in the field, on location, and “in the moment.” All skill levels are encouraged. Any artist may participate–they do not need to be members. However, members of OMA’s Artist Alliance group receive a discount on registration rates.

Check-In And Canvas Stamping

Beginning the week-long celebration of outdoor painting, artists make their first stop at OMA for canvas stamping and to pick up their welcome packet, including a full festival itinerary, tips for how to explore Oceanside, and information showcasing local businesses. 

Paint Out, Workshops, And Artist Talks

Artists at any level of experience are invited to come to the burgeoning coastal city of Oceanside to paint Southern California in the open air. To explore a variety of styles and techniques that draw from the rich traditions of plein air painting, artists will also have the opportunity to add art workshops, an artist talk with featured artists Mark Fehlman, Danny Griego, Margaret Larlham, and Shuang Li, and a virtual lecture with juror and awards judge Jean Stern.

Quick Paint Challenge

Open to all registered festival participants, this fun, high-energy event brings together both artists and spectators for a two-hour burst of creativity highlighting one of Oceanside’s most iconic outdoor locations, Mission San Luis Rey. With the task of completing a painting in a single sitting, Quick Paint artists are challenged to grab a brush, set up an easel, and paint en plein air for all to see. 

Awards Celebration And Art Sale

Celebrate the culmination of OMA’s inaugural Plein Air Festival and the opening of an exhibition of artwork by participants with an awards presentation, art sale, silent auction, and highlights from the week. We are making plans for the event to be even more accessible to art lovers near and far!

Juried Exhibition

This will be a rare opportunity to view and collect artworks from prominent plein air painters at pricing that is approachable for collectors at any level. The exhibition will be on view at OMA August 1–October 10.


Registration Information

Registration Closes on July 29 at 5:00pm

Fees as of July 1:

Standard $75
OMA Artist Alliance* $65
Student** Free 

*OMA Artist Alliance members—your membership must be current. Not a member yet? Click here to join and add Artist Alliance.
**A valid student ID must be presented upon arrival at OMA for festival check-in.
   Free student registration is generously underwritten by sponsor Chris Clevering.

Check-In And Canvas Stamping At OMA

All participating artists must check-in and have the surfaces on which they would like to create artwork stamped prior to beginning their artwork in order to participate in the competition (including the surface that will be used for the Quick Paint Challenge, should they wish to participate). Get here early so you have more time to paint!

  • You may get all surfaces you will need for the festival stamped at one time, or you may return to the stamping station multiple times.
  • There is no limit to the number of surfaces you may have stamped.
  • Artist badges and Welcome Packs including all information about the event and our supporters will be provided at check in
  • Artists will be asked to sign a waiver accepting the rules and guidelines upon check-in
   Check-In And Canvas Stamping Hours
  • Saturday–Thursday, July 24–29, 11:00am-5:00pm at OMA
  • Tuesday, July 27, 1:00-2:00pm, at Mission San Luis Rey (before the start of the Quick Paint Challenge)
Registration Includes
  • Entry of up to two (2) paintings into the awards competition and exhibition jurying
    • Artwork selected for the exhibition will be offered for auction via a virtual platform
    • Artwork not selected for the exhibition will be for sale at the museum on July 31, during the Awards Celebration and Art Sale
  • Entry of one artwork into the Quick Paint Challenge Sale
  • Participation in all painting events (ticketed workshops require separate registration)
  • A 25% discount off ticketed festival events—space is limited and many are sure to fill up quickly, so register early for your favorites!
Waived Registration

Limited funds are available to support waived registration for individuals who are experiencing hardship. Individuals interested in requesting fees to be waived must submit an application by July 20, 2021. Waived fees will only apply to festival registration and will not include associated ticketed festival events and programs. Click here to email membership manager Victoria McKellips with any questions regarding waived registration.

Terms And Conditions

By registering, artists acknowledge and authorize the use of photos taken throughout the event, which may include artists and their artwork, for promotional use online and in printed materials for future events.

Artists acknowledge and agree that Oceanside Museum of Art will retain 50% of the sale price of individual art sales generated during the event. 


Festival Rules And Guidelines

  • Artists should bring their own art supplies and surfaces on which to create artwork. There are limited locations to purchase supplies near Oceanside
  • Maximum 2D size: 24" x 36" not including frame, Maximum 3D size: 24" x 24" x 24"
  • FRAMES AND WIRES are required for all 2D work submitted for jurying and judging
  • At least 80% of the artwork must be completed out of doors. If there is any concern that a larger percentage of your artwork was completed in the studio, you will be asked to provide progression snapshots of your work being completed en plein air
  • Artists may only choose two (2) works to submit for awards and jurying
  • Artists MUST PRINT their name on the back of their artwork
  • Artists may sign the front or the back of their artwork
  • Artists must wear identifying badges while painting. Badges will be provided in your welcome pack
  • Artists receive a 50% commission on the sale of their work.
  • Tax of 8.25% will apply to all sales at check out
Keep In Mind
  • Parking in Oceanside with signage indicating a 2-hour limit is strictly enforced. There is unrestricted parking on the street in nearby neighborhoods and the structure on Civic Center and Ditmar.
  • All surfaces needed for the festival may be stamped at one time, or artists may return to the stamping station multiple times. There is no limit to the number of surfaces that can be stamped.
  • Artwork in any media is allowed—non-traditional is encouraged! Contact Katie Dolgov at OMA to discuss your non-traditional submissions (media other than painting, drawing, or sculpture)
  • Artwork may be in any style (Impressionism, Realism, Abstract, etc.)
  • There is no defined painting area. However, we request that at least one artwork must be painted in Oceanside. (View a map of suggested painting locations here)
  • Artists are encouraged to create small works (under 10" on each side), which are often collector favorites
  • Artwork does not need to be marked for sale, NFS is allowed
Plein Air Painting Health And Safety Tips

Personal Safety

  • Stay hydrated and have water with you at all times
  • Wear a sunhat, use an umbrella, or set up in a shady place
  • Wear sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Report any serious incidents to an OMA team member
  • First aid kits will be at info stations located at OMA, the harbor, and the pier

COVID Safety

  • Masking and social distancing requirements are at the discretion of the location where events are taking place
  • Mask wearing is at the artist's discretion during independent free painting

Respect Your Environment

  • Do not block trails, sidewalks, or other areas of foot/bike traffic
  • Do not dump your paint water, turps, or any other substance
  • Everything you bring in must leave with you

Plein Air Festival Schedule

Saturday, July 24

All Day
Independent free paint (map of suggested locations)
Check-in and canvas stamping (11:00am–5:00pm) at OMA

Sunday, July 25

9:00am-12:30pm
SOLD OUT Workshop: Painting at the Harbor with featured artist Mark Fehlman
(ticketed event $90)

All Day
Independent free paint (map of suggested locations)
Check-in and canvas stamping (11:00am–5:00pm)at OMA

Monday, July 26

9:00am-12:30pm
Workshop: Capturing the Character of Indigenous Plants in Plein Air Painting with featured artist Margaret Larlham
(ticketed event $90)

6:00-8:00pm
Paint Out: Sunset at El Camino (communal painting only - not judged)

All Day
Independent free paint (map of suggested locations)
Check-in and canvas stamping (11:00am–5:00pm)at OMA

Tuesday, July 27

1:00-2:00pm
Canvas stamping at Mission San Luis Rey, 4050 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92057 

2:00-4:00pm
Quick Paint Challenge at Mission San Luis Rey (judged competition)

All Day
Independent free paint (map of suggested locations)
Check-in and canvas stamping (11:00am–5:00pm) at OMA

Wednesday, July 28

9:00am-12:30pm
SOLD OUT Workshop: Exploring Watercolors and Luminous Landscapes with featured artist Shuang Li
(ticketed event $90)

6:00-8:00pm
Paint Out: Sunset on the Strand (communal painting only - not judged)

All Day
Independent free paint (map of suggested locations)
Check-in and canvas stamping (11:00am–5:00pm)at OMA

Thursday, July 29

9:00am-12:30pm
SOLD OUT Workshop: Painting Urban Landscapes with featured artist Danny Griego
(ticketed event $90)

10:00am-12:00pm
Paint Out: Farmers Market (communal painting only - not judged)

7:00–8:00pm
Smalltalk: Plein Air Painters Roundup, SoCal Edition
(ticketed event $25)

All Day
Independent free paint (map of suggested locations)
Check-in and canvas stamping (11:00am–5:00pm)at OMA

Friday, July 30

8:00–11:00am
Final deadline to submit artwork.
A specific time window will be assigned on each artist's name badge.

7:00–8:00pm
Lecture: Painting En Plein Air With Jean Stern

(ticketed event $25)

Saturday, July 31

11:00am-7:00pm
Plein Air Art Mart

3:00-4:00pm
VIP Preview–2021 Plein Air Festival Juried Exhibition
(ticketed event $125)

4:00-6:00pm
Plein Air Festival Awards Celebration
(ticketed event $20)

August 1-October 10

Juried Exhibition and Silent Auction at OMA

Click here to contact Katie Dolgov with any questions. 


Painting Events

In addition to having the opportunity for all-day independent free painting throughout the festival, there are a number of scheduled painting events included with registration, as well as ticketed workshops with the festival’s featured artists. Registered artists must present their Festival Badge to participate in any non-ticketed programs.

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Ticketed Events

Plein Air Festival registrants receive 25% off registration for these ticketed programs as well as early access to sign up through April 30 before they open up to the general public on May 1. Space is limited, so register early for your favorites. Artists must bring all supplies necessary to participate in these workshops.

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Quick Paint Challenge Guidelines

Congratulations to artist Ryan Jensen (pictured above) who won 1st Place in the 2021 Plein Air Festival Quick Paint Challenge! With 2nd going to Geoffrey Allen and 3rd to Joli Beal.

With so many amazing works (all completed in under 2 hours!) our judges lamented at having to choose only 3 winners.

The Quick Paint Challenge took place on Tuesday, July 27, 2:00-4:00pm at Mission San Luis Rey, 4050 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92057

The Quick Paint Challenge was a timed open-air painting event open to all festival registrants. With the task of completing a painting in a single sitting, quick paint artists are challenged to grab a brush, set up an easel, and paint en plein air for all to see.

Any artist registered for the festival was welcome to participate in this event. The public was invited to observe.

Rules and Regulations

  • Maximum size: artists are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to create artwork no taller than 12"
  • Artwork does NOT need to be framed
  • Quick Paint Sale at OMA: Artwork created during the event may be taken to the museum for inclusion in a sale through Friday, July 30, 2021.
    • If an artwork does not sell during the week and the artist would like to have it returned to them, they will be responsible for picking it up from the museum or paying the shipping fees

Awards Celebration And Art Sale

To close out an exciting week of celebrating art in the open air, artists and visitors are invited to join us for the following events.

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2021 Plein Air Festival Juried Exhibition

Augsut 1–October 10, 2021

Juried By Scott W. Prior and Jean Stern with OMA executive director Maria Mingalone

Each festival participant is invited to complete multiple artworks en plein air during the course of the week, but ultimately, they are only able to choose up to two artworks to be considered for the awards competition and exhibition jurying. Approximately 40 artworks will be juried into what is sure to be a stunning showcase of original plein air works of art representing Southern California's natural beauty and urban environments in a variety of media, all created over the course of one exciting week.

This will also be a rare opportunity to view and collect artworks from prominent plein air painters such as featured festival artists Mark Fehlman, Danny Griego, Margaret Larlham, and Shuang Li, as part of a virtual auction closing at the end of the exhibition.


Art Sales

All artwork produced during the festival may be sold throughout the week of the festival, if the artist chooses to mark the artwork for sale. Artists receive a 50% commission on the sale of their work. Sales tax of 8.25% will apply to all sales at check out.

There will be many official opportunities for artists to sell their work:

  • Plein Air Juried Exhibition and Auction, July 31-October 10: Artwork selected for the exhibition will be included in a virtual auction.
  • Plein Air Art Mart, July 31, 11:00am-7:00pm: Artwork submitted for jurying that is not selected for the exhibition will be part of a one-day sale directly behind OMA
  • Quick Paint Sale at OMA: Artwork created during the Quick Paint Challenge on July 27 may be taken to the museum for inclusion in a sale through Friday, July 30, 2021
  • Painting Events: A staff member with a mobile payment device will be present to process sales “off the easel” at all scheduled painting events.
  • Artists may sell any work they create “off the easel" during independent free painting. Purchase Tickets will be provided for all artists to fill out and send with the buyer to Oceanside Museum of Art to process sales.

If artwork for sale on OMA premises does not sell, it must be picked up by the artist at the end of the sales opportunity (on July 31 after the Awards Celebration and Art Sale, or at the end of the exhibition). If the artist is no longer in the area, they will be responsible for shipping fees. Any artwork remaining at OMA more than 60 days after the close of the art sale or auction it was a part of will be considered an unrestricted donation to the museum.

OMA will aim to disburse all artist commissions earned during the festival within the month of August. Commissions for sales from the exhibition will be disbursed in October.


Awards

$2,500 Best In Show, judged by Jean Stern
With inclusion in a half-page ad in Southwest Art magazine (valued at $1,230). Guaranteed inclusion in the 2021 Plein Air Festival juried exhibition

$500 Altman Family Second Place Award, judged by Jean Stern, Scott Prior, and Maria Mingalone
Guaranteed inclusion in the 2021 Plein Air Festival juried exhibition and mention in a half-page ad in Southwest Art magazine

$200 Third Place, judged by Jean Stern, Scott Prior, and Maria Mingalone
Guaranteed inclusion in the 2021 Plein Air Festival juried exhibition mention in a half-page ad in Southwest Art magazine

$300 Chris Clevering Best of Student Submissions Award

Honorable Mentions
Guaranteed inclusion in the 2021 Plein Air Festival juried exhibition

Osider Magazine Award
Artwork Featured in Osider Magazine September/October issue ($1,500 in value)

STRADA Easel Award
$300 gift card towards a STRADA Easel

Trailblazer Award presented by Frontwave Credit Union
$250 Visa gift card for the most innovative use of artistic technique, style, and materials

Visit Oceanside Best Sunset Award
Feature in the Visit Oceanside Instagram Story

Oceanside Arts Commission Best Oceanside View Award
A certificate from the city, announcement in the Oceanside Tide newsletter, and acknowledgement at an Arts Commission meeting

Mission San Luis Rey Artist Alliance Quick Paint Awards
First Place: $250 cash award, 2 Mission museum passes, and OMA Artist Alliance membership. Second and Third places: OMA Artist Alliance membership. Winners will be notified on Tuesday, July 27, following the Quick Paint Challenge at Mission San Luis Rey. Awards will be presented at the Awards Celebration on Saturday July 31.


Awarded at the Close of the Exhibition

Plein Air Magazine Artist’s Choice Award ($3,995 in value)
Full page ad in Plein Air magazine. Will be awarded on October 10, at the close of the exhibition

Royal Talens People’s Choice Award ($130 in value)
Artist will receive a Rembrandt Oil Colour Basic Set, Roc Paper Block 300g Canvas Grain 24cm x 32cm, and Rembrandt Soft Pastel 10 Half Stick Micro Set Southwest Desert Palette. Will be awarded on October 10, at the close of the exhibition.


Judging Criteria

Judging will be based on the artist’s mastery of the medium, quality of composition, and the use of perspective and color. In addition to outstanding ability in those areas, the artwork is assessed on intangible qualities such as its meaning, appeal, beauty, and the overall impact and expressiveness of the work.

All awards, with the exception of the People’s Choice award, will be announced at the Awards Celebration and Art Sale taking place at OMA on Saturday, July 31. The People’s Choice award will be announced after the close of the exhibition to the public, October 10, 2021.

Additional awards are in development. Please check back regularly for updated information.

Many thanks to our awards sponsors:
Deena Altman
Chris Clevering

Frontwave Credit Union
Mission San Luis Rey
Oceanside Arts Commission
Osider Magazine
Plein Air Magazine
Royal Talens
Southwest Art magazine

STRADA Easel
Visit Oceanside


Art Supplies And Resources

Artists should bring their own art supplies and surfaces on which to create artwork. There are limited locations to purchase supplies near Oceanside. You may find supplemental supplies at these locations:

Artist & Craftsman Supply
(619) 688-1911
3804 4th Ave San Diego, CA 92103

Hobby Lobby
(760) 891-0411
555 Grand Ave San Marcos, CA 92078

JOANN Fabrics and Crafts
(760) 966-0129
2227 S El Camino Real Ste C Oceanside, CA 92054

Michaels
(760) 450-1650
2649 Vista Way Oceanside, CA 92054

 

FRAMING SPECIAL

Artworks submitted for judging and jurying on July 31 (up to two) must be framed. Randy Higbee at kingofframe.com is offering special rates for registered OMA Plein Air Festival artists.

Once registered, artists may contact katie@oma-online.org (or keep an eye on regular communications from OMA staff) to receive a 10% discount and free delivery of frames to Oceanside Museum of Art when ordering through the kingofframe.com website.

Plan Your Stay In Oceanside

There are a number of stunning hotels within walking distance of the museum. We want planning your time in Oceanside to be as easy as possible so we’ve partnered with Visit Oceanside who has put together the best lodging and hotel deals for the Plein Air Festival. 

Click here to learn more or connect with Dana and Michelle for more personal concierge service. They are available to help you find accommodations that suit your style as well as make recommendations for dining and local side trips while you’re in Oceanside.

Dana Higgins
Dana@VisitOceanside.org
(760) 637-9953

Michelle Martini-Brown
Michelle@VisitOceanside.org
(760) 458-6016

Explore Oceanside

Oceanside is a laid-back SoCal beach town with gorgeous beaches, an iconic wooden pier, the historic Mission San Luis Rey, quaint New England-style harbor, charming bungalow neighborhoods, and abundant urban and natural vistas to capture on the canvas of your choice.

Click here to explore our beautiful town and discover restaurants, shops, and things to do in between paint outs.

With so many beautiful places to stay within walking distance of the museum and scheduled painting events, connect with the experts at Visit Oceanside for free concierge service in selecting the right hotel for your stay.


Frequently Asked Questions 

Is there an age restriction to participate?

All ages are welcome and encouraged.

What level of student can apply? 

High school or college students may participate. When student artists check in for the festival at OMA, they must show a valid photo ID for the spring, summer, or fall 2021 terms to qualify for free registration.

Can I participate in plein air workshops and attend the SmallTalk on July 29 and lecture on July 31 even if I am not registered for the festival?

Yes, anyone can participate in OMA's ticketed programs. Festival registrants receive a 25% discount on ticketed workshops, artist talks, and lectures during the festival. Workshop participation is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can I participate in the Quick Paint Challenge or other non-ticketed painting events even if I am not registered for the festival?

No, only registered festival participants can take part in the Paint Out: Sunset Sonatas on the Sand, (Monday, July 26, 6:30-8:00pm), Paint Out: Quick Paint Challenge and Art Sale, (Tuesday, July 27, 2:00-4:00pm), Paint Out: Nocturnal Notes (Wednesday, July 28, 6:30-8:00pm), and Paint Out: Farmers Market (Thursday, July 29, 10:00am-12:00pm). Registered artists must present their Festival Badge to participate in any non-ticketed programs.

Can I get the surface on which I will create art stamped before the competition starts? 

No. Stamping begins at 11:00am on July 24, 2021.

Can I get more surfaces on which I will create art stamped after I’ve checked in?

There is no limit to the number of surfaces you may have stamped. You may get all surfaces you will need for the festival stamped at one time, or you may return to the stamping station multiple times, July 24–29, 11:00am-5:00pm.

Are there limitations on where I may paint?

There is no defined painting area. However, at least one artwork must be painted in Oceanside. (View a map of suggested painting locations here.)

May I sign my artwork?

Yes, you may sign your artwork on the front or back.

If my artwork is chosen for the exhibition, does it need to stay in the exhibition if it sells? 

Yes, all artwork chosen for the exhibition must remain at the museum until the exhibition closes on October 10.

How do I get my artwork back at the end of the exhibition?

Artwork selected for the exhibition may be picked up on Thursday, October 14 and Friday, October 15 from the museum. Further details for artwork return will be shared with exhibiting artists when selections are announced. Dates are subject to change.

If artwork sells from the exhibition, the buyer will be responsible for arranging transportation. Further

I need to cancel my registration for the festival or a program.  May I have a refund?

Refunds are not available for the registration fees or program fees associated with this festival. If you are unable to attend the festival or program you registered for, the fees will become a tax-deductible donation to the museum.

Are there any hotels close to the museum? 

There are a number of stunning hotels within walking distance of OMA. Click here for details or connect with Dana [(760) 637-9953] and Michelle [(760) 458-6016] for more personal concierge service. They are available to help you find accommodations that suit your style as well as make recommendations for dining and local side trips while you’re in Oceanside.

What if I have a question that is not answered here?

Click here to email Katie Dolgov with any further questions.


Festival Featured Artists And Jurors

Click Here To View The Featured Artist Pop-Up Auction

The Pop-Up Auction will close at 5:00pm on October 10

This is a time-limited opportunity to view and bid on five selected artworks, one from each of our featured artists. Want to see the work in person? The artwork will be on display at OMA through Sunday, October 10.



Mark Fehlman, Featured Artist

“I love to paint from the life that surrounds me. I paint in an impressionistic style, marked by energetic brushwork, and use thick and thin layers of paint, patterns of light and dark, and a rich palette of colors to capture the moment.

For 30 years, I practiced as a successful architect—half of those years were as a design partner with Fehlman LaBarre Architects. Thanks to my business partner, Mike LaBarre, I was able to leave architecture and pursue my passion, in a second career, as a fine artist.

When I began to pursue painting, I sought out the best teachers. Each has been a tremendous inspiration to me. They include Lela Harty, John Asaro, Ray Roberts, Brian Blood, Ron Hicks, Mark Daley, Kim English, and Jeff Watts. I have been painting for about 15 years, and have made it my career for over 10 years. I paint full time in my studio at my home in the Mission Hills District of San Diego, and travel extensively to capture images throughout the world.” 

—Mark Fehlman

Click here to view Mark Fehlman’s resume.

Danny Griego, Featured Artist

Hailing from Colorado, Danny Griego received his BA in theatrical scene design and scenic art at the University of Northern Colorado. With over 20 years of experience in professional theater as a charge scenic artist, he’s helped many designers and directors realize their vision by implementing a variety of painted and sculpted elements for hundreds of productions. Many of the shows he has worked on have even graced Broadway stages. His interest in art has led him to a life of plein air and studio landscape painting. Though he paints most anything in front of him, Griego finds true inspiration in cityscape and urban themes–where metal, wood, and concrete meet nature. 

Griego has won awards at the Maui Plein Air Invitational, Telluride Plein Air Festival, Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational, En Plein Air Texas, Paint San Clemente Plein Air Festival, and the Randy Higbee Gallery. Online contest awards include the Bold Brush Art Competition, Art Muse Contest, and the 2020 Richeson Casein Competition. He is an Artist Member of the California Art Club and his works have appeared in several California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibitions. He has also been featured in Southwest Art magazine and Plein Air Magazine. Griego currently lives in San Diego and is employed at University of California, San Diego.

Click here to view Danny Griego’s resume.
 

Margaret Larlham, Featured Artist

Margaret Larlham’s pastel work has garnered national and international attention. She is a 

signature artist of the Pastel Society of America and is a designated Masters’ Circle pastelist of the International Association of Pastel Societies.

A multi-disciplinary artist, her career spanned phases of intense exploration of dance and theatre while constantly practicing as a painter. A professor of theatre first at the University of Natal in South Africa and later at San Diego State University supported her growth as an artist and the view that boundaries between the arts are shifting and blurred. A deep connection to nature, particularly wilderness terrain, sustains her. 

Her paintings have garnered many awards in juried pastel shows in the U.S. In 2020, her work was honored internationally by awards at both The Pastel Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London and at ASPAS Bienal Internacional de Pintura Al Pastel in Oviedo, Spain. 

Plein air and direct painting remain critically important, rewarding, and transformative to her process. The festival invitationals in Berlin, Borrego Springs, Sedona, and Oceanside have been an enjoyable highlight.

Click here to view Margaret Larlham’s resume.

Shuang Li, Featured Artist

Born, raised, and classically trained in China, Shuang Li received her BA degree in graphic design and MA degree in art history. After moving to the United States, she then received her MFA from the Department of Art, University of Oregon in 1991. 

Following the traditional “en plein air” Impressionism approach, Li paints watercolor both on location and in her studio, portraying the extraordinary variety of life with her unique perspective. With masterful classic and contemporary techniques, she recreates nature’s beauty in her paintings, captures moods and moments, light and colors with her singular poetic visual expression. 

A signature member of National Watercolor Society, American Impressionist Society, San Diego Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, LPAPA, and an elected artist member of California Art Club, Li’s watercolor paintings have long been favored by collectors and regularly exhibited in national and international galleries and group shows, with many honorable awards. 

With her extensive teaching background, Li has been regularly invited by art organizations for her popular plein air painting demonstrations, art workshops, and classes. She  has frequently served as an invited juror for art competitions and art exhibitions. 

Click here to view Shuan Li’s resume.

Scott W. Prior, Juror

Scott W. Prior is an award-winning oil painter and Southern California native. He received his BFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he studied under the exceptional artists Craig Nelson, Bill Maughan, and Hui Han Lui. During his time at the Academy of Art, Prior established his skills in design, drawing, and painting, giving him a solid foundation with which to develop his own unique artistic style. He draws inspiration from the beauty in ordinary, everyday scenes.

Prior is a Signature Member of the California Art Club and a Signature Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. He has exhibited in national shows, juried competitions, and invitational events across the country, including the California Art Club’s Annual Gold Medal Exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, exhibitions at the Frederick Weisman Museum of Art, the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, and in the prestigious Oil Painters of America National Show. Recently, his painting Market Street Hustle was acquired by the Hilbert Museum in Orange, California.

Click here to view Scott W. Prior’s resume.

Jean Stern, Juror

A recognized authority on California Impressionism, art historian Jean Stern has extensive experience in the field as an author, curator, lecturer, and teacher. He was the founding director of The Irvine Museum from its inception in April, 1992 until his retirement in 2020. As director, Stern worked to establish a national presence for California Impressionism through a noteworthy series of books, exhibitions, lectures, articles, and video documentaries. In his career, he has presented over 250 lectures and judged and juried more than 100 local, national, and international art competitions. He has authored, edited, or contributed to over 30 books on California art.

Stern has presented tours and lectures on California Art in numerous museums including the International Cultural Center, Krakow, Poland; Mona Bismarck Foundation in Paris, France; El Centro Cultural del Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain; National Academy Museum in New York; Terra Museum in Chicago; San Diego Museum of Art; Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Gibbes Museum in Charleston; Brigham Young University Museum; Autry National Western Heritage Center; the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and many others. He appears in Impressions of California, a 1996 PBS documentary video series on art in California, and on Plein Air: Painting the American Landscape, a 2007 PBS documentary.

He was a consultant to the Fleischer Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is an adviser to the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, in Orange, California.  He currently serves on the board of the California Art Club and is a board adviser to the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Since its inception in 2012, he has presented lectures in every annual Plein Air Convention, organized by Plein Air Magazine.

In 2017, Stern received the prestigious Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Ministry of Culture. He has also been presented with three Lifetime Achievement Awards—Laguna Plein Air Painters Association in 2013, Plein Air Painters of America in 2014, and Plein Air Magazine in 2014.



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Plein Air Locations

Visit Oceanside has created a map of recommended painting locations with suggestions from a variety of local experts. We hope this inspires you to check them out for yourself.

Featured Artists

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Mark Fehlman
Danny Griego
Margaret Larlham
Shuang Li

 

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