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Sonoma Plein Air celebrates 20 years

Outdoor painting festival supports arts education in Sonoma Valley

Twenty years ago, motivated by the limited art classes offered in Sonoma Valley schools, Keith Wicks, a well-known Sonoma Valley artist, decided he would try to find a way to fund more arts education. Working with his Sonoma Plein Air Foundation cofounder, Judy Vadasz, and other concerned community members, they conceived a fundraising event that brought nationally recognized artists to paint “en plein air”