Plein Air Invitational 

11th Annual Plein Air Invitational

March 5-26, 2017 

In Borrego Springs, March means art – and lots of it. The 11h Annual Plein Air Invitational event, March 5-11, 2017, brought 15 noted Plein Air artists to paint in the desert for a full week, creating  more than 100 new paintings in the process. Curator Barbara Nickerson has developed  the yearly happening into a “must see” highlight of the desert season, attracting artists and art lovers, as well as tourists from around the world.

Invited artists form a prestigious gathering, all having participated in numerous plein air events throughout the country. In selecting invited artists, the BAI seeks balance between different media (oil, watercolor, pastel) as well male and female perspectives. An invitation to participate in the Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational is considered an honor, and almost all who are invited accept.  Jurored by noted California Plein Air artist Gil Dellinger, the 11th Annual Plein AIr Invitational artists are as follows:

Martin Arriola, Judith Doxey, Mark Fehlman, Joe Forkan, Danny Griego, Susan Elwart Hall, Rose Irelan, Thomas Jefferson Kitts, Michelle Valberg Kondos, Susan Lynn, Phil Starke, Barbara Tapp, Mary Ann Warner, Andy Williams, Jim Wodark.

The 11th Annual Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational Winners:

(Work was judged on the body of work rather than individual paintings)

1st Place: Thomas Jefferson Kitts

2nd Place: Phil Starke

3rd Place: Susan Elwart Hall

Honorable Mentions: Danny Griego, Susan Lynn, Barbara Tapp

People's Choice: Andy Williams

The following paintings are part of each winner's body of work:


Water of Life II, oil by Thomas Jefferson Kitts


Morning, Coyote Canyon, oil by Phil Starke


60 Second Commercial, oil by Susan Elwart Hall


Coyote Canyon Twilight, watercolor by Susan Lynn


 

Lazy S Curve, oil by Danny Griego


 

Natural Sculpture, watercolor by Barbara Tapp


 

Desert Sands Airstream, oil by Andy Williams                            





The 10th Annual Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational Winners:

1st Place: "Borrego Colors"   oil by Jim Wodark 



2nd Place: "On a Dark Desert Highway"   oil by Danny Griego



3rd Place: "Making the Bend"   oil by Thomas Kitts



Honorable Mention: "Morning Wash"   oil by Paul Kratter



Honorable Mention: "Air Plein"   oil by Rita Pacheco



The 10th Annual Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational featured these artists:

Juror: Shannon O’Dunn, La Mesa, California

John Berry, Millville, Utah

Rich Brimer, Carmel, California

Patricia Rose Ford, Loma Linda, California

Danny Griego, San Diego, California

Karen Hedges, Laguna Beach, California

Thomas Jefferson Kitts, Portland, Oregon

Michelle Valberg Kondos, Borrego Springs, California

Paul Kratter, Moraga, California

Patty McGeeney, Del Mar, California

Rita Pacheco, Carlsbad, California

Karen Petrovich, Meadview, Arizona

Pauline Roche, Del Mar, California

Stock Schlueter, Eureka, California

Jim Wodark, Orange, California


 

 

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