In 1999, a tradition was started, The Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational. Each year the best of the best plein air artists are invited to come to Laguna Beach to paint and celebrate the legacy of the early plein air artists who established Laguna Beach as an Artists’ Colony, who founded the original Laguna Beach Art Association, and opened the first Laguna Art Gallery, in 1918.
The Mission of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) is dedicated to preserving and promoting Laguna’s artistic legacy and the plein air painting tradition for today’s artists and future generations of outdoor painters.
In 2018 we celebrated our 20th anniversary of the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational with the publication of our first hardbound book. This special 20th anniversary book, authored by Mr. Jean Stern, the leading authority on plein air art and Emeritus Director of The Irvine Museum, is a recording of the Invitational history and showcases the top award-winning artists who have helped LPAPA further its mission to promote and preserve the Laguna plein air painting tradition.
Best of Show: Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational 1999-2018
To purchase LPAPA’s “Best of Show” 20th Anniversary Book, please click the link below… you will be redirected to the LPAPA Shop to complete your purchase through PayPal with a credit card or your PayPal Account…Members must login to receive the Member price.
$60.00 ($50 for Members) plus tax and shipping, if applicable