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MBPAPA Opening Reception

The Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters’ Association (MBPAPA) will exhibit a juried art show depicting lesser known local parks, Local Inspiration. All the works will be for sale through the museum. The exhibit will run from July 5th through September 23rd. Opening reception July 20th from 6:00- 8:00 pm.

This year’s exhibition Local Inspiration draws the attention to some of the lesser known parks and natural areas in Monterey County, namely Garland Park, Elkhorn Slough, Jack’s Peak, SFB Morse Preserve, DelRey Oaks Frog Pond as well as George Washington Park in Pacific Grove.

The MBPAPA works to foster the understanding and appreciation of Plein Air painting and its place in the history and current culture of our communities. MBPAPA helps to distinguish local plein air artists as dedicated artists of the region. 

“Plein Air” is a French phrase for painting out in nature and receiving inspiration directly from the landscape. It may include many styles and forms of artistic expression as long as the work is substantially executed as a result of direct observation of nature. Signature Member Status is conferred after a rigorous peer review upon application with 6 paintings in front of the panel. These reviews happen once a year in the fall. The juror and judge of the show is George Rivera, a well known artist, teacher and juror from San Jose.

Image: Elkhorn Slough by Julia Seelos

Earlier Event: July 16
Monday Nights at the Museum
Later Event: July 21