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 in 2020. Local artists were invited by the City of Temecula Community Services Department to spend one week painting works of art inspired by local scenes. Eighteen 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.