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September 10, 2008 > Plein Air Paint Out

Plein Air Paint Out

By Mavis Brown

In an effort to promote art in the community and meet other Bay Area artists, the Fremont Art Association (FAA) will hold a one day Plein Air Paint Out at Lake Elizabeth/Central Park in Fremont on Saturday, September 13.

Artists will paint until 3:00 p.m., followed by a people's choice vote and a silent auction at the Park Pavilion from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mark your calendar and plan to participate in this First Annual FAA Paint Out.

All 2-dimensional mediums will be accepted including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels and mixed media. Artists will paint, without reference photographs, within the park at the location of their choice. Inspiration can be found in many locations with all the wildlife, large lake, boathouse, snack bar, playgrounds, sports fields and trees and plants, all backed by the beautiful Niles/Mission San Jose Hills. Participants should bring all supplies necessary to paint including an easel and chair if needed, a bag lunch and drinking water for the day. Hats and umbrellas are encouraged. All participants must be at least 18 years old.

The event is cosponsored by Olive Hyde Art Guild, the Fremont Cultural Arts Council and Mission Coffee Roasting Company, who will provide coffee and mini-pastries for the artists at registration. It is open to both FAA members and non-members: members pay a $10 entry fee and non-members pay $20. For non-members this fee will also include full membership in Fremont Art Association through the end of the year.

Check-in is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the park at the smaller Community Center located at the intersection of Mission View Dr. and Paseo Padre Pkwy, at which time artists' blank canvases or papers will be stamped. Multiple canvases or papers can be stamped, though only one finished piece will be accepted from each artist at the end of the Paint Out.

Completed pieces must be returned to the Park Pavilion behind the Community Center, by 3 p.m. A reception and exhibition of completed pieces for public viewing and an optional silent auction will be held from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. The exhibition will include a "People's Choice" vote and award from spectators who vote for their favorite works.

Artist Notes:

Photos of the pieces receiving awards may be used in publicity for next year's Paint Out event and may be shown on the FAA website. All works submitted for silent auction must be framed and ready for hanging, though acrylic works may be "gallery wrapped" on the edges and be ready to hang. Artists must provide an easel on which to display their work in the Pavilion.

Artists will also have the additional option of displaying finished pieces in the FAA Gallery in a special exhibit on Sept. 14 and Sept. 17-21. On Sunday, Sept. 21, artists must pick up their work during 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. from the FAA Gallery.

Artists from all over The Bay Area are invited to join us for this first-ever Plein Air Paint Out. It promises to be a fun day and will be an annual event. For more information call Robyn at (510) 656-4939.

Due to City of Fremont regulations, all participants must be pre-registered, since no financial transactions can take place on City property. Registration applications and rules can be picked up at the FAA Gallery, 37659 Niles Blvd, Fremont or at

Plein Air Paint Out
Saturday, Sept. 13
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Public Viewing: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Lake Elizabeth (Central Park), Fremont
(510) 656-4939

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