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Paint-Off Attracts Renowned Artists

Paint-Off Attracts Renowned Artists 

Unique Fundraiser for Art Lovers

March 4, 2008
Contact: Wida Karim

Irvine, Calif. – The Irvine Ranch Conservancy (IRC), along with the Capistrano Valley Conservancy (CVC), will host the 2nd Annual Paint-Off on March 29. The unique event will be held at The Irvine Ranch Historical Park, site of the original Irvine Ranch Headquarters, at 13042 Old Myford Road in Irvine.  The park site includes the Ranch’s headquarters building, the James Irvine II Home, which houses the brand-new Katie Wheeler Branch Library, and numerous barns and other residential buildings.

Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to watch artists as they create original Plein Air (French for “open air”) paintings of these historic sites.  The paintings will be up for bid during the auction, even before the paint dries!

Approximately 40 invited artists will begin painting at 10 a.m., while attendees peruse their works. The painting stops promptly at noon, and the bidding begins. All funds raised will support the efforts of the Capistrano Valley Conservancy, founded by Joan Irvine Smith. The mission of the Conservancy is to create awareness of, and an appreciation for, the vanishing treasures of the Capistrano Valley. The Paint-Off is the first of two fundraisers.

The Quick Draw Paint-Off will feature live music, lunch for purchase by Ruby’s, information booths and plenty of amazing art.  This family-friendly event is free and parking will be available onsite.

The second of the two fundraisers is the Heritage Art Exhibition and Sale which will take place on May 17.  This event is an outdoor, dinner gala and exhibition, which will also support CVC.  The gala will take place at Joan Irvine Smith’s beautiful horse farm, The Oaks in San Juan Capistrano.  To purchase tickets visit

About Capistrano Valley Conservancy

The Capistrano Conservancy is a new not-for-profit organization whose purpose for being is to preserve the culture, history, and natural resources within the territory it covers. Capistrano Valley is a unique corner of Southern California nestled along the coastal area halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. It boasts communities such as San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, and more. The Capistrano Valley Conservancy supports the preservation of the Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Capistrano Valley Symphony, the Capistrano Historical Society, and The Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy.  For more information about CVC visit

About the Irvine Ranch Conservancy

The Irvine Ranch Conservancy is a non-profit, non-advocacy organization created to protect the wildlands and parks on The Irvine Ranch and enhance the public’s connection to them, while helping partners and owners with all aspects of stewardship. IRC provides various guided tours for the public including hiking, biking and interpretive walks.  For information about the organization visit  To register for public programs or to get information about volunteering visit