|Keith Wicks. Winner of the Artists Choice Award.|
I just came back from Sonoma, Ca. The Plein Air event was absolutely wonderful. I was very lucky to be juried in. I admittedly haven't been to that many events but the thing that struck me most is that Sonoma Plein Air has a charitable dimension besides the survival of the event or art organization itself.Not that the survival of the art organization is not lofty enough in itself. Most of the proceeds from auctions and sales go directly to support art programs in local schools. Talented artist Keith Wicks is the founder of Plein Air Sonoma and he has summoned a great amount of support among the community members for this cause that brings great artistic talent to the Sonoma public, exposes artists to the beauty of this enclave and provides much needed funds for the schools.
|"Josephine Lake" 10"x8"|
|A highlight of the event is the Gala Dinner where paintings are auctioned in silent bids.|
|A personal highlight. I made the acquaintance of Mr. John Lasseter., quite a wonderful guy who gave an impassioned speech with not a hint of boilerplate about arts funding and education and donated time and even two lunches at PIXAR.|
|My booth at the Saturday show before the rain made us all close the shop.|
Other highlights of course included the acquaintance and re-acquaintance with some phenomenal artists, some of the lunches and get-togethers, the community members that opened their homes and properties for us to trample, the food itself and the excitement that kept me up at night.
|"Vadasz Barn" 16"x12"|
Some notes for myself. Yes, this is California but t-shirts won't cut it. I am going to get me some long sleeved shirts and some sturdier shoes. Protection against the elements is essential painting outdoors.