The Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout Takes Place Next Week

Marie Massey via Frank Bette Center for the Arts -- Marie Massey will be one of the artists taking part in the Plein Air Paintout. (Pictured is her painting The Red Umbrella)

The Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout Takes Place Next Week

The 17th Annual Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout will take place August 1 through 6. According to the Frank Bette Center, about 40 artists will be contributing pieces to the event. Artists will paint tree-lined streets, stately Victorian homes, quaint shops, picturesque marinas, historic naval ships, as well as beaches, lagoons, parks, and San Francisco and Oakland skylines from the Island City.

The pieces will be judged and awarded by renowned Bay Area artist Philippe Gandiol. Gandiol is an award-winning Northern California painter. Born and raised in France, Gandiol moved to California in his early 20’s. He has painted with oils for over 25 years. He pursued an independent program of study taking classes in France, San Francisco and Sacramento and with several renowned West Coast painters. He also participated in juried art festivals in Easton, Sonoma, Carmel, Napa and San Luis Obispo.

There will be several different competitions in the event. On Tuesday, August 2, artists will paint on and around Webster Street then display and sell their art at Healing Garden (1435 Webster St. at Taylor) from 12 to 3 p.m. On Thursday, August 4, artists are given the option to paint from a location outside of Alameda. Locations in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland will be highlighted.

For more information on this year’s event, visit