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July 2, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The Heritage of the Americas Museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, is having a very special fundraiser that really highlights the history and beauty of San Diego’s East County.  “Plein Air paintings of East County,” features the original art of Gloria Chadwick.  An open reception, fine art show and sale will be held on the museum’s Tropical Garden Patio on Friday, August 28, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. View more of Chadwick’s paintings.

Nationally acclaimed artist and Dehesa resident, Chadwick has been outdoors (plein air) documenting East County.  She’s already painted Alpine, La Mesa, Lakeside, Flinn Springs, El Cajon, Harbison Canyon, Dehesa, Dulzura, Barrett Junction, Jamul,  Japatul, La Posta, Mt. Springs Grade, Desert View Tower, Spring Valley, Santee, Casa de Oro, Rancho San Diego, Mt. Laguna, Descanso, Tecate, Lake Moreno, Campo, Cuyamaca, and Pine Valley.

Plein air literally means “in the air.” These paintings are done outside, on location, start to finish, just as it appears to the artist.  This isn’t an easy task, but plein air paintings seem to have a freshness and life that you may not get from paintings done over time in a studio.  That is one of the reasons plein air paintings are so popular and prized.

To make it easy for everyone, Chadwick is offering her framed original paintings for a very low price, i.e. $150.00 to $300.00 each.  One-third of the proceeds will go to the museum to help with the museum’s field trips and outreach programs.

The museum is easy to find, right off Jamacha Road at 12110 Cuyamaca College Drive West.  The museum has ample free parking and is very handicapped accessible.  It’s open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays.   For more information, call the museum at 619-670-5194 or visit the web site at



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