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Jun 27, 2012

Plein Air in Silicon Valley...

Written by  Steve Doherty
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Lori Putnam with her award-winning paintingLori Putnam with her award-winning painting

Innovative paintings created by 41 juried artists impressed collectors and spectators at the fourth annual Los Gatos Plein Air in Silicon Valley, California, the high-tech mecca of the world. (Reported by Angela Young)

Paul Kratter
The annual Los Gatos Plein Air Festival is a benefit for art education in Santa Clara County, California. This year's event ( June 12-16) was a fabulous show that raised $50,000 for youth art education. The participating  artists worked hard all week, and on Friday night they were able to celebrate their accomplishments, as 300 people attended the sold-out gala at the California Cafe in downtown Los Gatos. 
Thomas Jefferson Kitts
Anton Pavlenko from Portland, Oregon, won the Artists' Choice Award and pocketed $750 for his 9"x12" oil painting. Other winners captured the attention of Judge Bob Gerbracht. Lori Putnam of Tennessee took Best of Show and $1,000 for an 8"x16" oil painting. Portland resident Thomas Jefferson Kitts won Second Place and $750 with his 12"x16" oil painting Los Gatos Rose Arbor. Brenda Boylan, also from Portland, collected $500 and the white ribbon for her 8"x10" pastel painting. "It was completely unexpected," Boylan says. "I'm thrilled. There was wonderful talent here. It was crazy stressful, exciting fun." 
Brenda Boylan
The top sellers at the show were Sheryl Knight, John Crawford, and David Savellano. Other notable participants — Sterling Hoffman, Paul Kratter, Ken Christensen, Maria Boisvert, Ed Lucey, Timon Sloane, Carol Gray Weihman, Donald Neff, Andrew Ballentine, Claire S. Verbiest, Ken Christensen, and Frank Miller — produced a strong exhibition. Newcomer Sergio Lopez from Santa Rosa says he loved the show: "It was a very good experience, and I had a lot of fun. The organizers are all great, fun-loving people, and treat the artists like family. It's such a nice contrast between other events, which barely acknowledge your existence." For more information, visit www.lgpleinair.org.
Last modified on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 14:44
Steve Doherty

Steve Doherty

Plein air painter, fine art lover, author, and collector.

Thanks, Steve and Angela! And Lori, your painting was a terrific choice for 1st place. I would have picked it too!

Thomas Kitts


If you are interested signing up my upcoming August 'Essential Plein Air Techniques' workshop, click hereThere are only three spots left on a first-come, first serve basis, so don't delay if you want to join the fun! Learn to paint en plein air with a knowledgeable and respectful teacher. This class will be limited to 12 participants to guarantee quality one-on-one time with the instructor.

UPDATE: Because workshop sign-ups this year have been so quick I may offer a second outdoor class the following week, if there is enough interest. That will be decided after the first week closes.

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