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Southern California Plein Air Painters Association
SOCALPAPA Paints the Back Bay & OC Parks 2021

 SOCALPAPA, Southern California Plein Air Painters


SOCALPAPA Paints the Back Bay & OC Parks 2021

July 17 to July 25, 2021

All current Members are invited to enter and participate in two shows for the same entry fee!


Muth Gallery Top 60 Show


Online Gallery Randy Higbee Show


SOCALPAPA, Newport Bay Conservancy and Orange County Parks want to offer an opportunity to members to participate in the Muth Gallery Top 60 Art Show and Sale with over $1500 in prizes, juried and judged by Jeff Horn.


All participates are also automatically entered into an additional show hosted by Online Gallery Shows and Randy Higbee.  Each member is guaranteed at least one painting in the Online Gallery Show and eligible for one of three $100 Randy Higbee Gift Certificate Awards.


Enter to win awards and to sell your art!  65% to the artist for both shows!





This Show/Sale has 2 parts:

1.        MUTH GALLERY TOP 60 SHOW, juried paintings will be displayed inside the Muth Center for sale and purchase.  The Top 60 paintings will be judged and over $1500 in cash and merchandise awards will be given. The Top 60 will also be featured on the SOCALPAPA Gallery Website.

2.        ONLINE GALLERY SHOW, each Member is guaranteed to have at least one painting included in this online show. This show will be juried and judged by Randy Higbee from the remaining body of submitted paintings, and three $100 Gift Certificates will be awarded. This show offers members an opportunity to show and sell their artwork at




May 28, Entry opens  If you do not have an account you will be asked to create one.  There is no charge for creating an account and help is available if needed.


June 28, Notification of Juried Entries for Top 60 Show, Acceptance Letter will be from SOCALPAPA and not OLJS

July 2, On or Before this date, artists will be notified via OLJS, which painting(s) will be included in the Online Gallery Show, no framing needed.

JULY 14 - 15, Top 60 Show Drop-off by appointment at the Muth Center of framed art, shipped artwork to arrive

JULY 17, 10:00 am - Top 60 Show OPENS at the Muth Center and Online Gallery Show opens for remaining paintings.

JULY 25, Top 60 Muth Show CLOSES

JULY 25 & 26, Pick-up at Muth Center of unsold art by appointment.






•   The show is open only to SOCALPAPA members. Join SOCALPAPA here

•   Required Subject Matter:  The Newport Back Bay or one of the OC Parks.  Go to the OC Parks website for a list of California locations, parks, trails, wilderness areas, and beaches, under OC Parks Department management . Only paintings from these lists will be displayed in the show. No exceptions.  It is a good idea to include the location in the name of your painting, e.g. Summer Morning at Irvine Regional Park”. 

•   Plein air “style” paintings only. “Plein air style” means completed outdoors on location or in the style of plein air from an original photo and painted in the studio.  The addition of studio paintings is a change this year due to the limited access many had to the parks.

•   Paintings should be your own concept, design and work, and not done in a workshop or under the instruction or supervision of another. 

•   Paintings may be oil, acrylic, watercolor, or pastel. 

•   Paintings must have been completed within the last three years. 

•   Paintings that have been shown in a previous SOCALPAPA Show and/or received an award in any previous SOCALPAPA show WILL NOT accepted.  

•   All artwork must be available for purchase with a minimum price of $250.

•   Maximum Canvas or panel size: 16x20 or square inch equivalent. (HxW of the original art, not the frame, must be 320 square inches or less)

•   Artwork images should be of good quality, of the artwork only, no frame showing and approximately 1920 pixels at 72 dpi on the longest side.  If you have questions about images or entering the show, there are videos and support available at

•   By registering for the Show, participant agrees to deliver, display, and pick up paintings by appointment.


Entry Fees

•   $30.00 entry fee up to three entries, and $10 for each additional entry up to five total.

•   The entry fee covers entry into BOTH Shows.

•   Individual paintings will only be a part of one show, but individual artists may have paintings in both shows.

•   60 Paintings will first be selected for the Muth Gallery Top 60 Show, with a maximum of two paintings per artist.  Paintings accepted for the Muth Gallery Top 60 will not be a part of the Online Gallery Show.

•   After the Top 60 are selected, all of the remaining paintings will be automatically entered into the Online Gallery Show.  Randy Higbee will jury paintings for this show and each member is guaranteed to have at least one painting selected. Randy will also judge this portion of the show.


NOTE** $5 of each entry fee received will be a direct donation to the Newport Bay Conservancy (NBC) from SOCALPAPA, honoring our long working relationship and support of the work they do to preserve the Upper Newport Bay.


Framing and Display:

•   The Muth Gallery Top 60 Show will open for viewing on July 17th at 10:00 am in the Muth Center, and run through July 25th at 3:00 pm. All Top 60 Paintings are required to be framed, backed with a black or brown dust cover, and ready to hang with d-rings and wire.

•   The Online Gallery Show: This show will also open on July 17th and run until July 25th. The paintings accepted into the online show will not need to be framed, but pricing should include the cost of shipping anywhere in the US.  Online paintings will be sold unframed and shipped by the artist to collectors.  There is no additional fee for entry in this show. Everyone is guaranteed to have at least one painting in this show.


Due to ongoing, partial closures, there will be no outdoor Display Show this year at the Muth Center.  The Top 60 paintings will be displayed inside, in the auditorium and open to the public.


Delivery of Top 60 Paintings:

•   Accepted paintings must be delivered, by appointment, on Wednesday, July 14 or Thursday, July 15 to the Muth Interpretive Center Conference Room.  Shipped paintings must be delivered by these dates to Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 N University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660. Attention Heather Cieslak, 818-917-7509. Shipped paintings must include a prepaid return label.



Top 60 Show:

•   Sales for the Top 60 Show will be handled by the NBC with a 65% payment to the artist and a 35% commission to the NBC.

•   NBC will also collect and pay sales tax and payments to artists for the Top 60 sales.

•   Online credit card payments will be accepted for the purchase of art on the SOCALPAPA Gallery website and at the Muth Center.

•   The show will be advertised to previous purchasers, NBC members, individual artist outreach, and through social media.

Online Gallery Show:

•   Sales will be handled by Online Gallery Shows with artists receiving 65% and Online Gallery Shows 15%, 20% to Newport Bay Conservancy.

•   Online Gallery Sales will collect and pay sales tax.

•   SOCALPAPA will disburse sales to artists and payment to the NBC after the show closes.

•   Artists will ship unframed work directly to the buyer, so please include this cost in your pricing.


Pick-up: Top 60 paintings must be picked up on July 25th or on July 26th by special arrangement,  from the Muth Center. Shipped artwork must include a prepaid return shipping label.


TOP 60 Juror: Jeff Horn




SOCALPAPA is honored that Jeff Horn will be the Juror and Judge of Awards for this year’s show.  Jeff is Professor Emeritus of Drawing and Painting, Irvine Valley College and our SOCALPAPA roots grew from Jeff’s classes. 


"I prefer to paint directly from nature and I love being outdoors where I can see, hear, feel, smell and even taste the scene around me.

For me, the painting is a translation of nature and my experience of it. If I am successful, I take the viewer with me to feel the moment.

I believe good painting is not a slavish copy of visual details, but an emotional response to a moment in nature."


Newport Bay Conservancy (NBC) is focused exclusively on the protection and preservation of Upper Newport Bay – one of the most precious natural resources in Southern California. Among the very few remaining, undeveloped wetlands on the California coast located in Orange County, Upper Newport Bay is recognized as a globally significant hotspot of biodiversity. NBC works to sustain an amazing diversity of marine, plant and animal life in its stewardship of the Bay.


Additional Services

Randy Higbee is available to receive unframed work, frame, and deliver to the Muth Center.  Randy can also assist with shipping and the return of art to the artist.  Please contact him directly if you are interested in any of these services.



Insurance is the responsibility of the artist.  Neither Southern California Plein Air Painters Association, NBC, Muth Center, O.C. Parks nor any of their members will assume liability for loss, theft, or damage during all phases of this event.  Artists participating in the Show agree to allow Southern California Plein Air Painters Association and NBC reproduction privileges of the artists award winning art for purposes of education, fund raising, and publicity. 

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