Plein Air Invitational 

14th Annual Plein Air Invitational

March 2-29, 2020

In Borrego Springs, March means art – and lots of it. The 14th Annual Plein Air Invitational brought another outstanding exhibition of Plein Air paintings focusing on the unique beauty and environmental significance of the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Borrego Valley. These paintings eloquently testify to the ageless beauty that has been preserved in this special corner of California. The exhibition is a rich diversity of Plein Air paintings by a select group of 15 artists working in oils, watercolor or pastels, all producing work for the show during the week of March 2-7. The artists bring their own unique interpretation of the landscape and express it in the medium of their choice, communicating their intense feelings about the scenes they view. 

Returning Curator for the 2020 Invitational, Shannon O'Dunn of O'Dunn Fine Arts, is no stranger to the Borrego Art Institute. As an artist and a gallery owner in La Mesa, California for seven years, Shannon attended many of BAI's Plein AIr openings. In 2016 she accepted the honor of judging that year's Invitational. In March of 2017, Shannon assisted BAI's longtime Plein Air curator Barbara Nickerson and then stepped into the curator position for the 2018 Plein Air Invitational. Shannon, now a resident of Boulder, Colorado, continues to be involved with BAI and will return to curate the 2021 Invitational.

Juror for the 2020 Invitational was Scott W. Prior, an Oceanside, CA Plein Air artist with numerous awards for his work.  

Artists for the 2020 Invitational included returning artists Bill Cramer (Prescott, AZ), Cynthia Rosen ( Dorset, VT), Margaret Larlham (San Diego, CA), Patty McGeeney (Del Mar, CA), Kadin Goldberg (Red Lodge, MT), Kathleen Lanzoni (Boulder, CO), Anita Winter (Centennial, CO). New invitees to the 2020 Invitational were Richard Prather (Placitas, NM), Clare Scott (Lafayette, CO), Catherine Hillis (St. Simons Isl, GA), Kathleen Weil (Los Angeles, CA), Jim Wodark (Orange, CA), Stephen Stauffer (Midvale, UT), Ryan Jensen (Blue Lake, CA). Simon Winegar (Farmington, UT). 

A Special Thank You to our 2020 Awards Sponsors: 

Dennis and Sharon Nourse: 1st, 2nd, 3rd and People's Choice

Borrego Outfitters: Artists' Choice 

O'Dunn Fine Art: Curator's Choice

King of Frames: Honorable Mentions

The 2020 Plein Air Invitational Winners


1st Place

   "White Truck"                 oil                  Ryan Jensen 


  2nd  Place

 "Lavender Shadows"                 oil                 Jim Wodark


3rd Place   


 "Sainted Cholla"      pastel       Margaret Larlham


People's Choice and Curator's Choice


 "Night Sky"                   oil                   Stephen Stauffer


Honorable Mentions

 "Storm Rising"                    oil                     Bill Cramer 

 

"Morning Sleepyhead"              oil               Kadin Goldberg


 "High Ground"                 oil                  Patty McGeeney 


Quick Draw

"A Day at the Visitor's Center"            oil             Richard Prather


Artists' Choice for Body of Work

Jim Wodark


13th Annual Plein Air Invitational

March 3-31, 2019 

Returning Artists: Danny Griego, San Diego, CA; Margaret Larlham, San Diego, CA; Patty McGeeney, Del Mar, CA; Cynthia Rosen, Dorset, VT; Stock Schlueter, Eureka, CA; Aaron Schuerr, Livingston, MT; Barbara Tapp, Kensington, CA

New Artists: Bill Cramer, Prescott, AZ; Lamya Deeb, Niwot, CO; Kadin Goldberg, Red Lodge, MT; Kathleen Lanzoni, Boulder, CO; Susan Hediger Matteson, Dolores, CO; Nancy Roberts, Oakley, CA; Ken Spencer, Blackfoot, ID; Anita Winter, Centennial, CO

Juror: Randy Higbee, Costa Mesa, CA

Sponsors:

1st-3rd place and People's Choice Awards: Dennis and Sharon Nourse, Borrego Springs, CA

Artists' Choice Award: Borrego Outfitters, Ben and Donna Nourse, Borrego Spring, CA

Curator's Choice Award: Shannon O'Dunn, O'Dunn Fine Art, Boulder, CO

Two-nights Housing for Judge: Borrego Valley Inn courtesy of Chef Tom of Kesling's Kitchen

Honorable Mention Awards: King of Frames/Randy Higbee Gallery


The 2019 Plein Air Invitational Winners


1st Place

                                                                             Danny Griego              El Rancho #8                       Oil



2nd Place

                                                                            Aaron Schuerr              Ephemeral Abundance                    Oil


3rd Place

                                                                               Kadin Goldberg     Head in the Clouds         Oil


People's Choice

                                                                                  Bill Cramer        Light on the Mountain                Oil


Curator's Choice

                                                                                   Cynthia Rosen       Across Flowered Fields          Oil


Honorable Mention

                                                                                Ken Spencer          Borrego Sunrise           Oil



Honorable Mention

                                                                           Lamya Deeb            Such a Lovely Morning                   Oil


Honorable Mention

                                                                                  Margaret Larlham        Kumeyaay Kitchen              Oil


Quick Draw

                                                                              Bill Cramer             Beginning, Middle and End                   Oil


Artists' Choice for Body of Work

Bill Cramer


12th Annual Plein Air Invitational

March 9-April 1, 2018 

 Jurored by noted California Plein Air artist Richard Lindenberg

the 12th Annual Plein Air Invitational artists were as follows:

Cindy Carrillo, Arizona; Robert Goldman, Arizona; Thomas Kitts, Oregon; Margaret Larlham, California; Greg LaRock, California; Susan Lynn, Kansas; Patty McGeeney, California; Cynthia Rosen, Vermont; Stock Schlueter, California; Aaron Schuerr, Montana; Cheryl St. John, Colorado; Paul Strahm, California; Barbara Tapp, California; Toni Williams, California; James Wodark, California. 

The 2018 Juror, Richard Lindenberg of Novato, California, a longtime and highly acclaimed artist with a passion for painting en plein air, is currently a marketing manager for Plein Air Magazine. 

The 2018 Winners of the Plein Air Invitational:


1st Place

Margaret Larlham       Notations-Palo Verde Wash      Pastel



2nd Place

Jim Wodark           Borrego Palms            Oil



3rd Place

Greg LaRock             Old Borego            Oil



Honorable Mention

Thomas Kitts             Passing Through            Oil



Honorable Mention

Susan Lynn             First Light            Watercolor



Honorable Mention

Cynthia Rosen               As the Day Rests                  Oil



People's Choice

Susan Lynn             View From the Edge            Watercolor



Curator's Choice

Aaron Schuerr             Desert Rhythms            Pastel




11th Annual Plein Air Invitational

March 5-26, 2017 

 Jurored by noted California Plein Air artist Gil Dellinger

the 11th Annual Plein Air Invitational artists were 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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