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2016 Paint San Clemente Competition

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016


15th Annual Paint San Clemente


Plein Air Competition, June 18th through
June 25th:

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Historic San Clemente comes alive through the eyes of competing plein air artists who “paint San Clemente” and the beauty of this “Spanish Village by the Sea.” The public is invited to view the artists’ progress as they paint each day throughout the community.  Winners are announced and recognized at the Saturday evening Gala, June 25th, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, held in the San Clemente Community Center Auditorium.  Afterwards, the artwork will be on display and for sale in the Art Gallery through September 1st.

Paint San Clemente first started in 2002 with 24 entrants and $500 in prizes. It has since exploded to become one of the premier Plein Aire competitions in the country.  Our 2008 series of events attracted over 100 artists who shared in over $13,000 in prize money and gifts. The events also generated over $5,000 in scholarships and art supplies for our local schools, which helped fuel the ongoing art renaissance in our beautiful “City-by-the-Sea”.


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Applications Now Available for Paint San Clemente Plein Air Event

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016

Paint San Clemente Plein Air Competition

June 18 – June 25, 2016

$13,000 In Prizes

Look for new application for the 14th event. Our annual Paint San Clemente Plein Air Event. Entry forms & Fees due June 1, 2016. Complete rules and conditions of entry will be mailed to you upon receipt of entry. Artists are free to paint throughout the city of San Clemente and San Onofre. Only art painted “en plein” air during the week of June 18th to June 25th will be considered for judged competition.  Each artist may submit up to two works. Paintings entered for judging may be offered for sale at the Gala Event, and displayed in the San Clemente Art Gallery through July.  The event also includes a Quick Draw event on Saturday, June 18th, and opportunity for a two day outdoor show on the SC Community Center green, Saturday & Sunday, June 25th & 26th.   See Event Page for Entry forms or call Pam Hill Chairman 949 369-0260.

All proceeds from this event will be dedicated to the San Clemente Art Association’s“Art Reach Program”, benefiting San Clemente Public School Art Program.

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Artists compete for honors and $13,000 cash prizes at one of the top Artist competitions in the country.

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015

The public is invited to view the artists’ progress as they paint each day during the week-long competition. Artists are limited to entering two paintings which must be painted  in San Clemente during this week, and then framed and wired for hanging at the exhibition following the contest. Although this is not a juried show, interest in the competition is expected to be strong.

Artists from as far away as Colorado and New Mexico will be competing with local favorites: Robert Briscos,  Marjorie Faircloth, Jennifer Friend, Jean Glass, Steve Kell, Jason Kuncas, Cecilia Lance, Mahroo Lotfalian, Karen Luz, Andi Mandel, Carol Nordman, Lana Perry, Ron Peterson, Patti Prather, Maria Sandoval-Castan, Mary Scott, Herman Sillas, Tom Swimm, Camilla Waller and Fay Wyles.   Two of last year’s winners will be competing again: Alan Nowell (3rd place winner) and  Kevin Davidson ( 4th place winner).

Highlights of the week include a Quick Draw competition on Saturday June 18th from 12:30 – 3:30 PM in front of the Community Center and Plein Air on the Lawn Outdoor Artists Exhibit and Sale, June 25th-26th from 10:00AM to 4:00 PM.

The Collector’s Evening Gala on Saturday June 25th will be held from 6:00 to 8 :30 PM. at the San Clemente Community Center. Winners of the competition will be announced at that time and paintings will be available for sale. Quick Draw Paintings will be for sale following judging at 4:30 PM on June 18th.

The Art Association was founded in 1953 by artist, Lilian Finlay to appreciate all facets of arts and crafts and establish and support an eclectic Art Community in San Clemente. Now with over 350 members and eight Art Shows each year the Association continues to grow and reach out to the local artists and community in meaningful and creative ways.

For more information, please contact Pam Hill @SCAAinfo@cox.net


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56th Annual Art Craft Fair

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015

San Clemente Art Craft Fair

Don’t Miss 53rd San Clemente Art Craft Fair

Paintings, Ceramics, Jewelry, Handcrafted & Vintage Clothing and more….

August 20th & 21st, 2016

Saturday & Sunday   10:00am – 5:00pm

San Clemente Community Center Grounds

Free Admission – Over 100 Artists & Artisans

The Art Craft Fair has gained a reputation among artisans as an important quality show and one not to be missed.

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