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I'm excited to share the news that my painting "Endless Agate Beach" has been selected as the First Place Overall winner of the November PleinAir Salon Art Competition.


Maria Josenhans Wins National Art Competition for November 2023

The 13th Annual PleinAir Salon Art Competition has announced its monthly winners for the November Competition. Maria Josenhans has been selected as the First Place Overall winner with their painting titled, Endless Agate Beach. The judge for the November Competition was Master Artist, Skip Whitcomb.

"The Josenhans water painting is a beautiful orchestration of natural shapes and color harmonies, Skip said. It is woven together with lost and found edges and values that move the viewer through an exciting journey of the entire surface of her canvas. Its an outstanding example of what Whistler referred to as visual poetry.

Josenhans, along with the other 22 winners, is now entered into the Annual PleinAir Salon Art Competition that will be awarded in May 2024 at the Plein Air Convention & Expo. These artists will compete for a $15,000 cash grand prize, and for their painting to be featured on the cover of PleinAir Magazine. All of the November monthly winners will be included in a showcase in the Feb/Mar issue of PleinAir Magazine, the #1 best-selling representational art magazine nationwide.

About the PleinAir Salon

The PleinAir Salon is a national online art competition hosted by PleinAir Magazine, offering $50,000 in all cash prizes, plus recognition through feature articles and showcases in newsletters such as Plein Air Today, Fine Art Today, INSIDEART, and others. Visit for more information.

About PleinAir Magazine

PleinAir Magazine is focused on the worldwide outdoor painting movement and features artists who paint en plein air, a French term rooted in the Impressionist painters who were among the first to regularly make a practice of painting outdoors. The magazine is produced bi-monthly and features articles on artists, artistic techniques, painting events and art shows, and art collecting. Visit to learn more.

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