“In Laguna Canyon” by William Griffith.

A exhibit and sale of more than 120 paintings from nature to benefit the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy begins Sunday at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.

The paintings by members of the Plein-Air Painters of America, a group of artists who work in nature (“en plein air” is French for “out of doors”), document a variety of coastal, rural and urban scenes, many from the 55-mile San Dieguito River Valley watershed. Also on display will be works by early California painters who documented the area prior to World War II.

“While all PAPA members are committed to gathering information and painting outdoors, their styles, techniques, and approaches run the gamut,” said Gil Dellinger, president of the plein-air group. “There will be paintings that appeal to collectors of all persuasions.”

Museum hours are Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 and can be purchased online. The exhibit runs through May 3.

Some of the painters have produced new works for a Saturday night gala to benefit the conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving, protecting and restoring natural and cultural resources within the San Dieguito River Park and completing the 70-mile Coast to Crest Trail.

“Sycamore in Autumn” by Edgar Payne.
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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.