Legacy of the Land – Art Sale and Exhibition


March 21, 2015

Special Speaker, Jean Stern at 5:00 p.m.,

Doors to  Main Event opening at 6:00 p.m.

Exhibition from noon, March 22 to May 3, 2015

California Center for the Arts, Escondido

340 North Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025

 MISSION:  Conserving nature in art and life.


This three-part exhibition and sale focuses on artists of today, yesterday, and tomorrow. Twenty members of the Plein-Air Painters of America display more than 120 paintings documenting California’s rural, urban, and ocean landscapes as they exist today. The paintings are for sale during the opening night gala and throughout the exhibit. Complementing the PAPA works is an exhibition of early California paintings, including works from private collections not previously displayed to the public. The third part of the exhibit are works by students from the surrounding school districts who participated in The Center’s program of observing and recording local landscapes.

Historic Paintings of San Diego Region – The historic exhibition for this year’s Legacy of the Land Show consists of over 50 paintings by the most well-known realist painters of the 19th and 20th Century.  These artists captured the landscapes that they visited with their unique style and manner of painting that today we call Plein-Air. Visitors will see Mission Valley, San Diego as open space dotted with farms and dirt paths, the road to Escondido when Rancho Bernardo was just a ranch, and the face of El Capitan glowing in the afternoon light of 100 years ago. These scenes depicted through the eye of creators truly gifted us with a sense of place and time.  Many of this year’s works have never been displayed in San Diego and are brought to us through the generosity and kindness of donors willing to share these prized works from their collections.

Contemporary Plein-Air Painters – The Plein-Air Painters of America is a group of accomplished professional artists who are dedicated to painting on-location and responding to the timeless beauty that surrounds us all. Twenty PAPA members will spend several days painting on location in the San Dieguito River Valley watershed, including the coast from La Jolla to Encinitas and inland to the crest of Volcan Mountain. Their plein-air paintings, as well as studio works derived from field studies, comprise more than 100 paintings that will be for sale during the exhibition.

Future Plein-Air Painters – The California Center for the Arts coordinates with local schools and art education organizations to provide children with the opportunity to create paintings by observing nature. Their work will be on exhibit during the Art In Nature program.


SDRVC Logo Final 2013-decThe San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC), established in 1986, is a nonprofit whose mission is to preserve, protect, and share the natural and cultural resources of the San Dieguito River Valley through collaborative efforts to acquire lands, complete trails, restore habitats, establish educational programs, create interpretive centers, encourage recreation, and mobilize public support. Continue reading


PAPA Logo Master Black_White300DPIThe Plein-Air Painters of America (PAPA) was founded in 1986 in Avalon, Catalina Island, California. As professional painters, PAPA members are dedicated to the historic tradition of working directly from life and striving to more fully explore and respond to the timeless beauty that surrounds us all. Continue reading