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California Plein Air Painters Paint the Mission Tomorrow

Plein Air is a French term used to describe the practice, revolutionary in the late 19th Century, of artists leaving their studios to paint landscapes and scenes in nature. Many of the early French Impressionists painted “en plein air,” including Monet, Renoir and even Van Gogh. Around the same time (~1890-1930), California developed its own [...]

New Restaurant Coming to Dana Point Harbor

Remember when the venerable Jolly Roger restaurant in Dana Point Harbor closed its doors? Well, a replacement has been found. The new restaurant will be called “The Waterman at Dana Point Harbor” and it will be owned by the same company that operates Sunsets in Capistrano Beach and San Clemente (at the pier), and StillWater [...]