Please click here to view our membership options and to learn more about the organization. Your membership contribution will support the continued growth and artistic excellence of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.
Laguna Beach has long enjoyed a reputation for attracting some of the finest "plein air" painters in Southern California. Stretching over five miles of secluded coves, sandy beaches, dramatic bluff tops and scenic canyons, Laguna offers some of the finest and most unique natural vistas for the painter's palette.
The term "plein air" is a French term that loosely translates to "outdoors." Simply stated, a plein air painting is one that was done outdoors or "in plain air" usually on location. Artists have found this approach to be the best for capturing the ever-changing natural light to suit their individual artistic style, thus rendering a unique image.
Perpetuating Laguna's rich artistic history, in 1996, Saim Caglayan invited a group of landscape painters to form the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA). Those original members included Saim Caglayan, Ken Auster, Jacobus Bass, Cynthia Britain and John Cosby. Their motive was to link the strong plein air movement of the early California painters to today's painters in order to create a national bond.
Today, the non-profit organization represents hundreds of artists with members in nearly every US state, plus members in Australia, Canada, England, Germany and South America. The LPAPA website showcases members' work, provides general information, lists workshops and shows, and provides a forum for membership interaction among members and the public. LPAPA also hosts several events a year to benefit members and further community awareness of the plein air style.
Artist and patron memberships are available. Your tax-deductible contribution will help to perpetuate the legacy of landscape painting entrusted to us by the early California painters.