Mission San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano, CA




4th Annual Mission Outdoor Painting Festival


In continuation of the tradition of painting the Mission, Joan Irvine Smith Fine Arts, Inc. and the California Art Club co-sponsored the 4th annual Mission Outdoor Painting Festival the week of August 10 - 16, 1998. Over 100 artist members of CAC participated in the plein air event held on the Mission grounds.

California Art Club President Peter Adams stated, "This competition is a significant event. It not only expresses our deep-felt reverence for Califomia's unique heritage, but also allows our artists the opportunity to paint together in comradeship among magnificent surroundings."

At the end of the week, a panel of distinguished judges selected the best paintings and awarded the artists cash prizes totaling $10,000. The awards ceremony was held August15 on the Mission grounds. Many of the paintings were sold directly by the artists that afternoon and also on August 16.

In conjunction with the Festival, the Mission hosted an exhibition of 1997 award winners and selected entrants in the Rancho Room gallery.



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Story by Jim Graves; photos by John Hazeltine

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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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