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Posted on: November 6, 2018

11th Annual Ralph Love Plein Air Competition Winners Announced

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The Temecula Valley, with its beautiful scenery and quaint Old Town, was the perfect inspiration for artists participating in the 11th Annual Ralph Love Plein Air Competition.  The City of Temecula Community Services Department invites all local artists to participate by painting works of art inspired by local scenes over one week. Nine artists submitted original art for a chance to earn a prize in Temecula’s 11th Annual Plein Air Competition.

The anonymous, unsigned pieces were judged at the Temecula Valley Museum by esteemed judges, Barbara Nelson (Best of Show 2017 Winner); Bonnie Martland (artist and former art teacher at Temecula Unified School District); Fred Lamb (Fred Lamb Graphic Design and former art gallery owner); Buzz Siler (owner of Siler Gallery); and Tony Moromarco (artist, instructor, and owner of Bigfoot Graphics).  Scorecards were carefully tabulated to determine the winners, this year including a three-way tie for 3rd Place. 

The art pieces were hung in The Gallery at The Merc for the official announcement of the winners at the First Friday artist reception on Friday, November 2, 2018.

Winners and awards are as follows:


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Kathy Stradley

“Dorland View”

Best of Show/City Purchase Award ($500)

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Jack Ragland

“Temecula Tuscan Fattoria – Hart Winery”

1st Place ($200)

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Sacha Hope

“Sister City, Torri Gate”           

2nd Place ($100)

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Greg Stogner

“Rose Haven Fantasy”

3rd Place ($50-Tie)    

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Debra Gayle Sut

“Maurice Carrie Winery”  &  “Pennypickle’s”

3rd Place ($50 – Tie)      

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Deb Potts 

“The Cottage View at Dorland” 

Best Sunset/Sunrise ($50)

The Plein Air Exhibition will be on display in The Gallery at The Merc from November 6 – December 31, 2018.  During the display, members of the public can vote for their favorite piece for the “People’s Choice” Award.  Please plan to join us when Temecula’s First Fridays resume in 2019 from January through November.

Temecula’s Arts, Culture & Entertainment happenings can be found at or by calling (951) 694-6417.