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Featuring current and historic plein air artwork of California’s rural, urban, ocean, and park sceneries, Legacy of the Land is open to the public now through May 3rd. Photo Credit: Honey Photographs by Alyss

Plein-Air Art Exhibition at California Center for the Arts, Esconidido

Escondido CA— The Art in Nature Alliance (ANA), a partnership of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (The Center), Plein-Air Painters of America (PAPA) and the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC) announce the 2015 Plein-Air exhibition and sale in San Diego County—“Art in Nature: Legacy of the Land” featuring an exhibition and sale of the Plein-air Painters of America.”

The exhibition of more than 120 paintings by 20 members of the PAPA will be held at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido from March 22 to May 3, 2015. Admission is $8. Museum hours are Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased online at http://artcenter.org/museum/.

Twenty PAPA members will be painting for several days prior to the gala on March 21. Their “wet-paintings,” along with studio works created from earlier visits, will document a variety of coastal, rural, and urban scenes along the 55-mile San Dieguito River Valley watershed.

The gala is a fund-raiser for the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, which last year raised $45,000. “We expect to go beyond that figure in 2015,” said PAPA President Gil Dellinger.

“We are honored to once again represent visually the many habitats that comprise this magnificent landscape, including its inland and beach park areas,” Dellinger said, adding that, as a fundraiser, 35% of each sale goes to the non-profit Conservancy.

This is a win-win event—as artists we get to paint in a dynamic landscape; art collectors get to enjoy that landscape through evocative paintings in their homes, while contributing to it sustainability now and into the future of SDRVC visionaries.

“While all PAPA members are committed to gathering information and painting outdoors, their styles, techniques, and approaches run the gamut,” said Dellinger. “There will be paintings that appeal to collectors of all persuasions.”

Photo Credit: Honey Photographs by Alyss

Photo Credit: Honey Photographs by Alyss

Participating artists are: Ken Auster, Laguna Beach, CA; Kenn Backhaus, Robesonia, PA; John Budicin, San Bernardino, CA; Lorenzo Chavez, Parker, CO; Gil Dellinger, Bend, OR; Kathleen Dunphy, Murphys, CA; Gay Faulkenberry, Duncan, CA; Lynn Gertenbach, Calabasas, CA; Raleigh Kinney, Mesa AZ; Jean LeGassick, Silver City, NV; Robert Lemler, Phoenix, AZ; Joseph McGurl, Cataumet, MA; Ned Mueller, Renton, WA; Ralph Oberg, Montrose, CO; Ron Rencher, Canyon Lake, TX; Ray Roberts, Angels Camp, CA; Randall Sexton, Vallejo, CA; Matt Smith, Scottsdale, AZ; Kate Starling, Scottsdale, AZ; Kate Starling, Rockville, UT; Brian Stewart, St. Paul, MN.

The museum will be complemented by an exhibition of early California painters who documented the area prior to World War II, as well as artworks painted en plein air by high school students from the surrounding Escondido School District will be on display at the museum’s Student Gallery Wall.

Additionally, there will be related events during the run of the exhibition which include a talk by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods (2005) and The Nature Principle (2011). The talk is titled “The Importance of the Human-Nature Connection.

A gala is also planned on March 21 and includes a lecture on collecting art by Jean Stern, author of California Light (2009) and director of the Irvine Museum, followed by an art sale.
For further information, please visit the Center’s website at www.artcenter.org/museum.

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