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)
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 participatingartists 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."
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, 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.