LPAPA Signature Artist and Director of Education Jeff Sewell creates a lasting impression….
The graduating class of Thurston Middle School pays homage to the history of plein air painting in Laguna Beach by giving the school “Laguna Morning,” a work by award-winning artist and Thurston parent Jeff Sewell.
Sewell serves as the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association education director. “I’ve always thought that the local schools should start their own plein air collection since its such an important part of our local heritage,” said Toni Kellenberg, LPAPA president.
Sewell is one of only four living artists whose work is included in The Irvine Museum’s permanent collection.
The painting was presented during the eighth grade promotion ceremony that took place at Thurston on Thursday, June 22, and will be on display for years to come.
The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association is a local nonprofit with a mission dedicated to preserving Laguna’s art colony legacy, established by plein air artists 100+ years ago, and the plein air painting tradition.