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Best of Show

Engine 29
by Laura Wambsgans

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Best Landscape

Winter Sunset and Wind Turbines
by Peter Adams

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Best Still Life

The Milano Boot
by Otto Sturcke

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Best Urban

"Like a Summer Day" Villa La Paz,
National Chavez Center

by Nikita Budkov

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Artist Paintout at Oak Creek Canyon

The Artist Paint-out at Oak Creek Canyon, nestled in the Tehachapi Mountains, provided a truly unique and inspiring experience for the participating artists of Art 2023. This picturesque location served as the home for a remarkable herd of wild horses, descendants of Morgans, whose presence had graced these lands for over a century. The wild horses, with their majestic beauty and untamed grace, had captivated the hearts of many, and the artists were fortunate enough to observe and paint them in their natural environment.

As the artists ventured into the meadows of Oak Creek Canyon, they witnessed the herd of wild horses roaming freely, an embodiment of freedom and strength. The varying sizes of the herd added an element of unpredictability and fascination, as these magnificent creatures traversed the landscape with a sense of purpose. Amidst the tranquil beauty of the canyon, the artists set up their easels, eager to capture the essence of the wild horses on their canvases.

With each brushstroke, the artists aimed to convey the untamed spirit of these horses, their flowing manes, and powerful stances. The natural environment of Oak Creek Canyon provided a rich tapestry of colors and textures, as sunlight filtered through the trees, casting dancing shadows upon the ground. The artists skillfully translated these elements onto their canvases, seeking to immortalize the awe-inspiring beauty of the wild horses in their artwork.

The culmination of the Artist Paint-out was the juried show, set to open in July 2023. Undoubtedly, some of the captivating paintings created during this event found their way into this prestigious exhibition. These artworks not only showcased the talent and skill of the artists but also served as a testament to the enduring connection between art and nature. Through their brushstrokes, the artists preserved a moment in time, capturing the essence and spirit of the wild horses of Oak Creek Canyon for generations to come.

Artist Paintout at Milano Ranch

The Art 2023 Artist Plein Air Paintout at Milano Ranch in Cummings Valley proved to be a truly immersive artistic experience. This exclusive event, reserved for the artists and the esteemed members of the Tehachapi Arts Commission board of directors, brought together a select group of talented individuals passionate about their craft.

Milano Ranch, once owned by the renowned actor Jack Palance, had undergone significant modifications under the care of the Milanos. Despite the changes, the ranch had managed to retain its original charm and character. The rolling hills, rugged landscapes, and rustic structures provided the perfect inspiration for the artists to create their masterpieces.

Adding an extra layer of authenticity to the paintout were the cowboys who graciously agreed to pose for the artists. Their presence added a genuine Western touch to the artwork, allowing the artists to capture the essence of ranch life. The cowboys' rugged demeanor, combined with the majestic presence of the cattle and horses, lent a dynamic and captivating energy to the paintings.

During the paintout, participants were treated to a delightful lunch provided by the Tehachapi Arts Commission. This moment of respite allowed the artists to recharge, engage in lively conversations, and forge new connections. The shared meal created an atmosphere of camaraderie, where ideas and experiences were exchanged freely, enriching the overall artistic journey.

By bringing together a select group of artists in the breathtaking setting of Milano Ranch, the Art 2023 Artist Plein Air Paintout provided a unique opportunity for creativity, authenticity, and artistic exchange. It served as a testament to the power of art to bring people together and capture the essence of a place and its people. The event was undoubtedly a memorable experience for all involved.

Art 2023 Artist Kick-off Dinner

The Art 2023 Tehachapi Artists Kick-off dinner, held on May 11, 2023, at the picturesque Dorner Family Vineyard in Cummings Valley, proved to be an enchanting evening for artists and event sponsors alike. As the sun bathed the vineyard in a warm glow, artists eagerly gathered to kick-start this highly anticipated artistic extravaganza. The event commenced with artists picking up their swag bags filled to the brim with delightful local delicacies, valuable coupons, detailed schedules, and more, setting the tone for a truly memorable experience.

The ambiance was further enhanced by the presence of award-winning wines and a delectable catered dinner, expertly curated to cater to the discerning tastes of the attendees. With glasses clinking and taste buds indulging, the artists had ample opportunities to mingle and forge new connections with both their fellow artists and the esteemed event sponsors. Amidst laughter and animated conversations, the atmosphere buzzed with excitement and creative energy, serving as the perfect precursor to the upcoming artistic showcases that awaited them.

The Art 2023 Tehachapi Artists Kick-off dinner at Dorner Family Vineyard not only set the stage for an extraordinary celebration of art but also fostered a sense of camaraderie and anticipation among the talented individuals involved. As they savored the delightful food and wine, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery, the artists and event sponsors found themselves immersed in a world of artistic possibilities, eager to embark on a journey that would undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on Tehachapi's thriving art scene.

Art 2023 Paint-out and Juried Show

Artists participated in en plein air throughout various locations in and around Tehachapi and Kern County from May 11-14, 2023. It's always fascinating to watch! They then returned to their studios to complete their paintings and submit them for judging before the VIP Exhibition and Sale on July 21, 2023.  The show was open and free to the public on July 22-23, 2023 at Aspen Builders Center, 401 W D St, Tehachapi CA.

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