Balboa Park Plein-Air Paint Out and Lectures

On January 26, Artist Guild members spent the day at The San Diego Museum of Art’s James S. Copley Auditorium to learn more about plein air painting.

During the rainy morning, Guild members were joined by members of the Plein Air Painters Association of San Diego (PAPASAN) to paint in Balboa Park.
Marjorie Taylor, Angelika Villagrana, Lynne Schulnik

Bundled in rain gear, the artists found shelter under the Arcades around the Plaza de Panama and painted for three hours. They returned with wonderful works of Balboa Park in the rain and exhibited their paintings on easels in the
The participating artists were:  Scottie Brown; Jenny Ferrone; Andrea Gaye; Rodger Heglar; Carolyn Hesse-Low; Rita Pacheco; Lynne Schulnik; Majorie Taylor.



Signing in (left to right): Marjorie Taylor, Angelika Villagrana, Lynne Schulnik.


Painting under the Arcades


Scottie Brown





Carolyn Hesse-Low



Andrea Gaye




Rodger Heglar


















           Rita Pacheco                                                                                                                                   Jenny Ferrone

Each artist also displayed earlier paintings which served as great introductions to the two afternoon lectures.

Lynne Schulnik


Painting by Marjorie Taylor, left.










Marjorie Taylor painting in the Park, right

Jean Stern, Executive Director, Irvine Museum, gave an overview of the art of plein-air painting and showed work by noted plein air painters.



After the lecture, guest speaker Jean Stern signed “California Light, A Century of Landscapes - Paintings of the California Art Club,”
by Jean Stern and Molly Siple.

Dr. Ariel Plotek, the Museum’s Assistant Curator, spoke on Charles Reiffel as a post-impressionist.  Reiffel is considered a leader of the California plein-air school of painting. The Museum currently has a very interesting exhibit of Reiffel’s work, and Dr. Plotek gave participants a tour of the exhibit after the lecture. We encourage Guild members to visit the exhibition, which runs through February 10.

Charles Reiffel's "Harbor Night" was featured in an international art newspaper,

 The Artists Guild has a personal connection to this work. Earl Saunders remembered the spot lights in the sky which kept him and his twin brother, Bob, awake at night.  The 1935 Exhibition in Balboa Park was the source of the lights.  Reiffel completed the painting in 1937 but he must have painted en plein air to capture the excitement of the moment.
The work is part of the current exhibit, 'Charles Reiffel: An American Post-Impressionist'.