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September 7, 2010 > Annual Plein Air Paint Out

Annual Plein Air Paint Out

By Mona Shah

As part of its efforts to promote art in the greater Tri-City community, the Fremont Art Association (FAA) will hold a one day Plein Air Paint Out at Lake Elizabeth/Central Park in Fremont on Sunday, September 12.

Plein air simply means outdoors or "in the open air," a popular and important style of painting in the mid-19th century. Working in natural light became an essential aspect of artists' works. It was also a time when "paints in tubes" were introduced and the "box easel" (also known as the French Box Easel) was invented. Portability made it easier for artists to trek into forests and set up on hillsides.

All 2-dimensional mediums will be accepted including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels and mixed media. Artists will paint within the park at a location of their choice, and not from a reference photograph. Artist can find inspiration throughout the park: wildlife, the lake, boathouse, snack bar, playgrounds, sports fields, trees and plants, and the Aqua Adventure water park, all with a backdrop of the Niles/Mission San Jose Hills.

This is a chance for participants to meet fellow artists and engage visitors. "The paint out is special to me because not only is it bringing art out to the community, it is also bringing artists together on the same playing field where they can share their passion with others," enthused local plein air artist Robyn Leimer.

Artists should bring all supplies needed 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 18 years old.

Artists will paint until 2 p.m., followed by a reception at the Park Pavilion from 2:30 4:00 p.m. The event is being 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.

The event is open to both FAA members and non-members, with members paying a $15 entry fee and non-members paying $25. For non-members this will also include full membership in the Fremont Art Association through the end of the year.

Check-in will be from 8 a.m.- 10 a.m. in the park at a tent located between the Pavilion and the Community Center located (intersection of Mission View Dr. and Paseo Padre Pkwy). Blank canvas or paper will be stamped on the back. 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 2 p.m. for the reception and exhibition of completed pieces for public viewing and an optional silent auction from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The exhibition will also include a "People's Choice" vote and award where spectators will vote for their favorite works. Show photos of the pieces receiving awards may be used in publicity for next years' Paint Out event and may be included on the FAA website. All works submitted for the People's Choice and/or silent auction must be framed; including matting for works on paper. No exceptions.

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 from their website Registration deadline is September 8.

Plein Air Paint Out
(Registration deadline is September 8)
Sunday, September 12
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Lake Elizabeth/Central Park
40000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont
(510) 656-4939

Reception and Silent Auction
Park Pavilion
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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