Mission San Juan Capistrano

Scenes from 1998 Mission Outdoor Painting Festival, photos by John Hazeltine

San Juan Capistrano, CA

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Mission San Juan Capistrano Hosts Art Competition; Joan Irvine Smith Fine Arts to Award $10,000 in Cash Prizes


Joan Irvine Smith Fine Arts, Inc. and the California Art Club are co-sponsoring the fifth annual Outdoor Professional Painting Competition of professional artists who will paint impressionist works on-site at Mission San Juan Capistrano the week of August 16-22, 1999 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. A panel of distinguished judges will select the best paintings and award the artists cash prizes totaling $10,000. The prizes will be awarded Saturday, August 21, 1999 at 2:30 p.m. at the Mission.

The paintings will go on sale August 21, 1999 from 1 - 4:30 p.m. and August 22, 1999 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. While the public is invited to watch the competition, participation is open to California Art Club members only. "Mission San Juan Capistrano has long been a focal point of the fine arts in Orange County," remarked Jerry Miller, Administrator of the Mission. "We not only want to encourage today's artists to continue the time-tested tradition at this important historical center, we want the public to join in the process as well."

Last year, the competition drew 90 artists who painted over 300 works of art. While most of the art will be painted at the Mission, artists will be allowed to paint some works at other locations within a 10-mile radius.

The California Art Club was founded in 1909 by noted artist William Wendt, and is California's oldest and most prominent art association. Peter Adams is its President. Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in 1776 by Spanish padre Junipero Serra, and is the best known and most romantic of the California missions. Its majestic architecture, beautiful gardens and legendary past have made it a favorite subject of artists for more than a century.

Mission San Juan Capistrano's normal operating hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. It is funded solely by gate admissions and private donations. It receives no funding from any church or government entity. To reach Mission San Juan Capistrano, take Interstate 5 to the Ortega Highway exit to San Juan Capistrano. Mission address: 31522 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92693 (Ortega at Camino Capistrano). Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors and children. Preservation Society members free. (Information as of April, 1999)


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2014 Editor's note:

The California Art Club maintains on its website a page with detailed information about nine outdoor plein air painting events held from 1995 through 2003 at Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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