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Capitola Plein Air !

 Capitola Plein Air returned for the third annual art festival November 1-5, 2017!
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 Congratulations to all the 2017 ribbon winners!
Judge: Laurie Kersey

FIRST PLACE ($1500 Purchase Prize)

  • Wendy Brayton, Morning Commute, oil, 24×24

SECOND PLACE ($800 Purchase Prize)

  • Barbara Tapp, The Spirit of Capitola, watercolor, 7×7

ARTISTS’ CHOICE ($350 Prize)

  • Heather Ihn Martin, Peeking Thru the Sandbar, gouache, 9×12

PEOPLE’S CHOICE ($350 Prize)

  • Cleo Vilett, The Venetian, oil, 12×12


Rich Brimer, Little Tikes Rose Garden, oil, 6×8
Sergio Lopez, Jacks Place, oil, 11×14
Suzi Marquess Long , Surf Jetty, pastel, 9×12
Anette Power, Arriving in Style, oil, 16×20
Heather Ihn Martin, Peeking Thru the Sandbar, gouache, 9×12
Paul Rickard, Eucalyptus Row New Brighton, watercolor, 10×22
Randall Stauss, The Yellow House, oil, 9×12
Nancy Takaichi, Crimson and Grey, oil, 12×12
Barbara Tapp, Morning Fishing at Capitola Beach, watercolor, 7×15
Cleo Vilett, Big Red, oil, 12×9

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Awarded by:
Capitola Soquel Chamber of Commerce
Capitola Village and Wharf Business Improvement Association
Local Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz County Association of Realtors
Times Publishing Group

Awarded To:

Franklin Lei
Charles Prentiss
Julia Munger Seelos
Scott Hamill
Suzi Marquess Long

40 Artists were Juried into the competition.
Click here for a list of all participating artists

Artist Laurie Kersey, JUDGE

Kersey’s work in oil includes plein air works of the California coast and countryside, traditional still lifes and florals, quiet figurative works, and imagery of horses at work and play.

After an education at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and a 15 year career in commercial art, Kersey  studied, then taught painting and drawing at the Academy of Art University. She has participated in gallery shows, national juried shows, and museum invitational shows, been honored with awards at dozens of plein air festivals and exhibitions, and has been featured in national art publications throughout her career.

And she loves the dramatic coastal landscape of the Monterey Peninsula that she and her artist husband, Brian Blood, call home! For more info, and to see her work, go to Laurie’s website.