ENCOURAGING PLEIN AIR PAINTING IN THE MONTEREY BAY AREA

Recent Past Events

The Big Blue Live Exhibition and Paintout: August 30 - Sept 30, 2015


Links to the event:

MBPAPA Big Sur Plein Air Competition: August 20 - 22, 2015

Presented by Studio One and the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association

Click here to register for the Big Sur Event.

Big Sur Plein Air Call To Artists

MBPAPA Annual Members Show at PGAC: May 1 - June 25, 2015

Pacific Grove Art Center

David Henry Gill Gallery
568 Lighthouse Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Carmel Mission On Founder's Day: Sunday, June 28, 2015

MBPAPA artists will paint during Founder's Day festivities at Carmel Mission, 12 noon to 5pm. This is a great oppotunity to see our plein air artists at work.

Natividad: A Journey of Healing - Healing Waters - Calming Seas


This exhibition is a joint project of the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association (MBPAPA) and the Natividad Medical Foundation. Paintings will reflect the many restorative moods of our local seas. Artists may work from their plein air paintings and digital images to produce larger works for this show. Juror: Randall Sexton.

Prospectus and Entry Form now available at onlineduriedshows.com:
Artists Call
Entry Deadline: January 15, 2015
Acceptance Notification: February 2, 2015
Exhibit Dates: March 6, 2015 - early 2016

Annual Membership Meeting - January 10, 2015

Once a year MBPAPA members assemble for their annual meeting. We will have a luncheon meeting at Markham Ranch with catering by Portebello. Additional details will be provided closer to the event date.Details
Link for Online Membership Renewal

MBPAPA Honored as NonProfit Champion of the Arts

MBPAPA is proud to announced that it has been recognized by the Arts Council of Monterey County as a NonProfit Champion of the Arts. The recognition event will be the 10th Annual Champion of the Arts Gala, to be held at Portola Inn and Spa, Monterey, Saturday, January 17, 2015 5-9pm.
Details and Ticket Purchase

Plein Air Convention: April 13-17, 2015

The 4th Annual Plein Air Convention will be held in Monterey April 13-17, 2015. This is the third year in a row that plein air artists, national and international, will come for a few days to enjoy the painting vistas that our local artists love so much. For details, visit www.pleinairconvention.com.

California History - The Mission Trail



This exhibition is a joint project of the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association (MBPAPA) and the Natividad Medical Foundation. Paintings are to depict any of the California missions, artifacts such as tools and baskets created by indigenous people associated with the California missions, or indigenous people who have resided in the geographical areas of the California missions. Artists may work from their plein air paintings and digital images to produce larger works for this show.
Exhibit Dates: March 6, 2014 - early 2015

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Did you miss our earlier events?

Annual Signature Membership Jurying

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Once a year MBPAPA Associate Artist members may submit sample plein air works for consideration to become MBPAPA Signature Artists. Details

Plein Air Festival San Juan Bautista 2014

We return to San Juan Bautista in August for our 4th annual Paint San Juan Plein Air Festival. Look around the plaza for MBPAPA's talented plein air artists painting on Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2. Artists will have paintings available for purchase on the plaza both days 10AM-5PM.

2014 Signature Artist Exhibit

MBPAPA Signature artists will join with the City of Monterey Conference Center's Alvarado Gallery for this year's annual Signature Member Artist Exhibit. The exhibit will feature plein air works of local scenes and landscapes painted within the area bounded by Elkhorn Slough (north), Highway 68 and Toro Park (east) and Garrapata State Beach (south), and will include paintings depicting downtown Monterey, Cannery Row, Fishermen's Wharf and the coastal areas along Monterey and Pacific Grove.
Location: Alvarado Gallery, located on the second floor of the Monterey Conference Center, One Portola Plaza (Del Monte Avenue at Calle Principal), Monterey, CA Directions
Exhibit Dates: May 9-August 3, 2014
Reception: May 9, 5:30-7pm

MBPAPA Paints Carmel Mission On Founder's Day

MBPAPA artists will paint during Founder's Day festivities at Carmel Mission. Sunday, June 29, 2014 noon to 5pm. This is a great opportunity to see plein air artists at work.

MBPAPA Plein Air Demo

MBPAPA Signature Artist Maria Boisvert will give a demo on Sunday, April 6 at the Municipal Wharf, Monterey. The public is welcome.

Plein Air Convention Returns to Monterey

For the second year in a row, the Plein Air Convention will be held at the Monterey Convention Center. Dates are April 7-11, 2014.
Convention Website

Also see our Event Archive for additional exhibits you may have missed.