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Posted on: July 6, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Registration is Open for the 16th Annual Ralph Love Plein Air Competition


Local artists are invited to enjoy two weeks of painting scenic Temecula locations in the City of Temecula’s 16th Annual Ralph Love Plein Air Competition from FRI, JUL 28 through FRI, AUG 11, 2023.

The late Ralph Love painted his masterpieces from his "Art Shack" art studio in what is now Old Town Temecula.  His work is highly collectible, and we honor him, and emerging local artistic talent, with this annual competition. 

Plein Air artists are invited every year to paint different locations around the City of Temecula during the competition.  New to the competition is the Youth Category.  Artists aged 17 and under are encouraged to participate for a chance to win a large prize basket of art supplies!  Canvas submissions must be stamped from FRI, JUL 28 through FRI, AUG 10, 2023, to qualify for judging.  Stamps for canvas submissions are available inside the Temecula Valley Museum from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm (closed Mondays).

Artists may choose to paint any of the following locations:15th Annual Ralph Love Plein Air Competition, Best in Show by Vicki Pederson

•           Old Town Temecula

•           Temecula Wine Country

•           City of Temecula Parks

 All eligible entries will be on display at the Temecula Valley Museum in the Ralph Love Plein Air Exhibition from FRI, AUG 18 through SUN, OCT 29, 2023.  

A public reception with live music and refreshments will be held at the Temecula Valley Museum on FRI, SEP 22, 2023, at 5:30 pm.  Competition Awards include: Best of Show / City Purchase Award ($500); 1st Place ($200); 2nd Place ($100); 3rd Place ($75); and Best of Youth Category (art supplies basket).  Awards will be announced at the reception.

Plein Air artists may apply online at and register for activity #9030.201. There is a non-refundable application fee of $30.  For additional information, please contact the Arts & Culture Team at 951-694-6450, or email

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