Plein Air: Sonoma Valley as an art studio – Sonoma Sun

Posted on September 5, 2022 by Sonoma Valley Sun

Motivated by limited art classes in Sonoma Valley schools 20 years ago, Keith Wicks, a well-known Sonoma Valley artist, decided he would try to find a way to fund more art education.

Keith Wicks shares his paintings with an attendee at the Sonoma Plein Air Festival Art Show & Sale on Sonoma Plaza.

work with sound Sonoma Outdoor Foundation co-founder, Judy Vadasz, and other concerned members of the community, they designed a fundraising event that brought nationally acclaimed artists to paint “en plein air” in Sonoma, then provided the opportunity for local art lovers to purchase the finished works.

That explains the annual sight of artists setting up their easels in valley parks, vineyards and other scenic spots in the week leading up to an outdoor group show on September 11. The painters create each work on location, uniquely capturing the landscape they were. inspired to represent.

The public is invited to watch artists paint and purchase paintings at two events during the week of September 6-10.

  • Tuesday, September 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Quick Draw event.

At the Sonoma Plaza Farmers Market, artists paint “on the dial” and then sell their work on site. Finished paintings will be displayed in the southeast quadrant of the Plaza near West Napa Street and 1st rue Ouest at 6:30 p.m. and will be on sale until 7 p.m.

  • Saturday September 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibition and sale of art.

The big outdoor event takes place in Sonoma Plaza, with artist demonstrations, live music, and free, fun art activities for kids. Each of the Participating Artist of the Week’s paintings is on display and available for purchase.

Since 2002, the Foundation has donated more than $1.7 million to SVUSD schools and community arts partners for arts education programs both in the classroom and at community venues.

An important part of the fundraising effort is an annual gala dinner that showcases the “best of the best” paintings. Each artist brings what they consider to be their best painting of the week to be judged by their peers. The 20e The winner of the Artists’ Choice is revealed and the paintings are sold in a silent auction.

This year’s 20th anniversary gala, on Friday, September 9, Come full circle and return to the site of the first Sonoma Plein Air Gala in 2002 – under the Sonoma sky in the beautiful Vadasz Vineyard. Tickets are limited.

Proceeds from all sales are shared between the artists and the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation, with 40% going directly to support arts education and creative development for Sonoma Valley children and youth.

The Sonoma Plein Air Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization supporting arts education and creativity in Sonoma Valley public schools, as well as hands-on youth programs at Art Escape, Sonoma Community Center, the Arts Guild of Sonoma and the Sonoma Valley Museum. of art.

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