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Volume 8, Issue 10  |  February 3, 2023Subscribe

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ENC hosts SOCALPAPA plein air art show, sale

The Southern California Plein Air Painters Association (SOCALPAPA) and Environmental Nature Center (ENC) are presenting “SOCALPAPA Paints California: Plein Air Art Show and Sale” on Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visitors can view art, watch artists as they paint and enjoy the ENC grounds. 

“This year SOCALPAPA celebrates our 20th Anniversary as we continue to promote the centuries-old tradition of outdoor painting,” said SOCALPAPA Show Director Diane Prendergast. “The ENC provides the perfect setting to showcase art featuring California’s wild places, which we’ve all come to appreciate so much more with the pandemic highlighting the importance of nature and just being outdoors.”

ENC hosts artists

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SOCALPAPA members painting en plein air

Original works of art from SOCALPAPA artists will showcase the scenic beauty and rich diversity of California’s natural heritage. Plein Air Artwork will be displayed on ENC patios and trails throughout the five-acre site. Working “en plein air” (or outdoors) allows the artist to observe and capture the natural colors and light effects of the open landscape. Featured paintings are in oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel. Guests will have a chance to win a framed original oil painting by an award-winning local artist.

“Nature has always been an inspiration to artists and the focus on California’s biodiversity makes the ENC the perfect place to feature art showcasing our state’s amazing beauty and uniqueness,” said ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. “This event is the perfect opportunity to welcome the public back to the Center after a long absence, at the culmination of spring while it’s bursting with life.”

Live music will be featured throughout the event. On June 5, the Sweetwater Creek Band will perform Folk and Celtic music as well as traditional Bluegrass tunes. On June 6, the Velvet Bow String Duo will perform a blend of classical and folk music.

Part of all art sales will be donated to the ENC, allowing a partial, charitable tax deduction. The ENC promotes natural and social science education to the community, fostering a greater appreciation of the natural world.

More information on the show can be found at

The Environmental Nature Center, which features California habitats ranging from desert to redwood forest, is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.

For more information about SOCALPAPA, visit

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