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Posted on: November 9, 2020

Temecula Valley Museum Announces Winning Entries from 13th Annual Ralph Love Plein Air Competition


The Temecula Valley, with beautiful scenery and a quaint Old Town, was the perfect inspiration for artists participating in the 13th Annual Ralph Love Plein Air Competition.  Local artists were invited by the City of Temecula Community Services Department to spend one week painting works of art inspired by local scenes.  Nine participating artists submitted original art works for a chance to win a prize in the 13th Annual Plein Air Competition.  This competition is held annually in honor of renowned Temecula artist Ralph Love (pictured at left).

The anonymous, unsigned pieces were judged at the Temecula Valley Museum by esteemed judges, Geoffrey Allen (Best of Show 2019 Winner); Bonnie Martland (artist and former art teacher at Temecula Unified School District); Fred Lamb (Fred Lamb Graphic Design and former art gallery owner); Tony Moromarco (artist, instructor, and owner of Bigfoot Graphics); Eric Levine (Community Services Commission Chair); Dale Borgeson (Community Services Commissioner); and special guest judge Evelyn Norris (the late Ralph Love’s daughter). Scorecards were carefully tabulated to determine the winners.

Eighteen artists participated for 2020, submitting 45 stunning pieces of artwork, in mediums ranging from oil, watercolor, and mixed media.  This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to hold the Awards Ceremony, however, the original artwork can be viewed online any time on the website. Prize winners and awards are as follows:


Best of Show

Tamra Gerard

Vitagliano Winery and Vineyards 


1st Place

Vicki Pedersen

View from Fazeli Cellars and Winery


2nd Place

Barbara Nelson

Robert Renzoni Vineyards and Winery



3rd Place

Greg Stogner

Tending Rose Haven Heritage Garden

The City of Temecula, Community Services Department congratulates the winners and thanks all the artists and judges for participating in the 13th Annual Ralph Love Plein Air Competition. The Plein Air Exhibition will be on display at the Temecula Valley Museum when it reopens. Guests can also view all the artwork online at  

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