Plein Air Painters Begin New Works

Photo courtesy of Frank Bette Center for the Arts. A pedestrian crosses Park Street against the light in the Plein Air Paintout award-winning painting "Jay Walker" by Nancy Seaman Crookston.

Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) is hosting its ninth annual Plein Air Paintout starting Monday, July 28. The event brings some 40 artists to Alameda to paint en plein aire (in the fresh air). The artists invite members of the public to watch them at work as they converge on Alameda to capture the essence of the Island City’s outdoors in paint. They also welcome invitations to paint specific homes and gardens.

Artists will also participate in "quick-draw day" Wednesday, July 30, when they’re given three hours to complete a painting within proscribed areas in town. The chosen locations are along Encinal Avenue from Webster to Chestnut streets, around Crab Cove and in Franklin Park. FBCA, 1601 Paru St., will host an exhibit of these paintings.

Work created during the week-long event will be on display and for sale from 10 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, at South Shore Shopping Center.

FBCA will display the paintings from Friday, Aug. 8, to Sunday, Sept. 28. The center will host an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 8.