Plein Air in Silicon Valley…

Written by  Steve Doherty

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Lori Putnam with her award-winning paintingLori Putnam with her award-winning painting

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)
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Paul Kratter
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 participating  artists 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. 
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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.” 
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Brenda Boylan
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, Ken Christensen, 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.

Last modified on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 14:44

Steve Doherty

Steve Doherty

Plein air painter, fine art lover, author, and collector.





Thanks, Steve and Angela! And Lori, your painting was a terrific choice for 1st place. I would have picked it too!


Thomas Kitts


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If you are interested signing up my upcoming August ‘Essential Plein Air Techniques’ workshop, click hereThere are only three spots left on a first-come, first serve basis, so don’t delay if you want to join the fun! Learn to paint en plein air with a knowledgeable and respectful teacher. This class will be limited to 12 participants to guarantee quality one-on-one time with the instructor.

UPDATE: Because workshop sign-ups this year have been so quick I may offer a second outdoor class the following week, if there is enough interest. That will be decided after the first week closes.




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