ALAMEDA, CA—Frank Bette Center for the Arts hosts the 9th annual Plein Air Paintout and brings local and international artists to Alameda to paint, en plein aire (in fresh air), the city’s streets, parks, beaches, houses, and gardens.
Event dates: July 28th to August 2nd Highlights: From Monday July 28th to Friday August 1st, 40 artists spread out to capture the essence of outdoor Alameda in paint. Members of the public are invited to watch artists at work as well as invite artists to paint specific homes and gardens. Wednesday July 30th: Quick draw event limits artists to three hours to complete a painting within a proscribed area: along Encinal Ave from Webster to Chestnut Streets, around Crab Cove, and in Franklin Park. This is followed by an exhibit at the Frank Bette Center, 1601 Paru St, Alameda. Saturday August 2nd - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm: Work created during the week-long plein air painting session is on display and for sale at South Shore Shopping Center.
Following the exhibit and sale at the shopping center paintings will be displayed at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts from Friday August 8th to September 28th.
Opening reception for this gallery show is Friday August 8th, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Past Plein Air Paintout artists include Edwin Bertolet of Redwood City (his painting of Crab Cove was the subject of a Frank Bette Center poster in 2013) and well-known San Francisco artist Mark Monsarrat.
Plein Air Paintout award-winning Alameda artist Nancy Seaman Crookston’s image, “Jay Walker”, is featured on the Center’s event poster, advertising, and 2013 calendar.