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Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Toni Williams is one of the artists on exhibit at SOHO’s Plein Air Painting Show at Balboa Park’s Marston House, this Sunday. July 19 from 10 am to 4 pm
San Diego’s Save Our Heritage Organisation celebrates the centennial of the California-Panama Exposition held in Balboa Park with the fourth of six outdoor plein air painting shows exhibited on the Marston House's sweeping, shaded grounds on Sunday, July 19 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Marston House Museum & Gardens.

The free event is accompanied by live classical music by various performers throughout the day, and light refreshments are all a part of the festivities.

The Art of the Park show & sale features Balboa Park as their sole subject and includes paintings for sale by different monthly groups of award-winning artists.

The garden show complements the Art of the Park: 100 Years of Art in the Park (1915-2015), one of SOHO's 1915 Panama-California Exposition Centennial exhibitions on view through September 21 inside the Marston House Museum.

Showing, painting, and selling their work on July 19 are accomplished painters Scottie Brown, Norm Daniels, Danny Griego, Will Gullette, Marjorie Taylor, and Toni Williams. All of our artists are by invitation only and chosen for the special affinity they have expressed for painting Balboa Park and its historic buildings and gardens. These centennial works will be highly sought after to enjoy today, but also as a future collector pieces, much like the original art shown at the 1915 exposition.

Plein Air paintings dovetailed in popularity with the architectural genre called the Arts & Crafts Movement.  Landscape paintings frequently adorned Craftsman bungalows since the early part of the 20th century.

If you are looking to hang period art for your North Park area bungalow then Plein Air is a terrific way to go.

The terms California Impressionism and California Plein-Air Painting describe the large movement of 20th century California artists who worked out of doors (en plein air), directly from nature in California, United States. Their work became popular in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California in the first three decades after the turn of the 20th century. Considered to be a regional variation on American Impressionism, the painters of the California Plein-Air School are also described as California Impressionists; the terms are used interchangeably.

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