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Laguna Beach

 Volume 12, Issue 44  |  June 2, 2020

LPAPA artists raise money for programs and artists


The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association raised almost $25,000 from an online art auction at which buyers bid on artists – not what they had yet to paint. 

Each of the 109 participating artists from around the country pledged to paint and personalize an original 5” x 7” LPAPA Strong & Positive Postcard that will be created and mailed to the winning bidder. Each postcard is a special paintable “canvas” that will be mailed in a protective envelope.

The auction began May 5 as part of the global #GivingTuesdayNow, conceived as an emergency response to the unprecedented needs caused by COVID-19. It proved that people can show their generosity and kindness in a variety of ways even while practicing physical distancing. Bidding ended May 15. 

“Fifty percent of the funds raised will go into LPAPA programs,” said Rosemary Swimm, executive director of the association. “The other fifty percent will be divided between the 109 participants or if they choose, they can donate it back to the association.”

LPAPA artist beach

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2019 LPAPA Invitational – Main Beach

Swimm called the response to the auction amazing. 

“People made bids without knowing what the art would be,” said Swimm. “Some of the bids were more than $500.” 

LPAPA was founded in Laguna Beach in 1996 when painter Saim Cagalayan invited other local outdoor painters Ken Auster, Jacobus Baas, Cynthia Britain, and John Cosby to join him in forming the organization. They made it the mission of the organization to preserve the history of the plein air movement of 19th-century California, to support the tradition as it exists today, and to foster a network among plein air painters nationwide.

Local events include art shows throughout the year – the most celebrated being the annual Invitational, a weeklong painting extravaganza culminating in the Gala, at which the artwork is judged, awarded, and sold.


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