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Local artist Rick J. Delanty was recently selected to participate in the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational.
For Delanty, a noted San Clemente-based landscape painter, this will be his seventh consecutive year in the annual competition.
From Oct. 12-19, Delanty, along with 34 other artists from around the country, will be participating in several open-air activities that will allow guests to watch the painters’ progress.
Each painter will create three works depicting the ocean and natural landscape of Laguna Beach.
The opening day of the invitational includes a quick-draw show at noon, a two-hour kick-off-painting session, a sale by the artists at the Montage Resort and a silent auction at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. On Thursday, Oct. 16, all the artists will be at The Rancho’s golf course at Aliso to paint the canyon, known locally as the “Yosemite of Laguna Beach.”
Each of the artists’ three works will be on display during the culminating weekend show at The Ranch, the Collectors’ Soiree, which regularly attracts hundreds of visitors. A panel of judges will select the best works, and $20,000 will be awarded, including $10,000 for best in show.
In past years, Delanty has won the Boseker Award for painting excellence and the Surfrider Award for the best depiction of the ocean. Last year, he was named signature artist by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.
Delanty and fellow LPAPA signature artist Jeff Sewell will also lead an instructional team of painters, who will work with elementary, middle and high school students to create a plein air piece.