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'Paint Pleasanton 2019' coming up

Art League invites artists to work 'en plein air'

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Dennis Baker, an accomplished oil painter from Pleasanton, paints the Lighthouse Baptist Church on Neal Street at last year's "Paint Pleasanton." (Photo by Russ Hostetter)

All of Pleasanton will become an art studio Sept. 20-22 when artists armed with paints, acrylics and charcoal set up their easels in front of the city's historic and scenically beautiful sites.

Pleasanton Art League is holding "Paint Pleasanton 2019" for the second year, welcoming colleagues to produce artworks showing buildings and views that may be new to them.

"We sort of experimented with it last year knowing that some of the other communities in the Bay Area have 'en plein air' painting," vice president Diana Hostetter said. "We said, 'Why don't we do it?' It was such a success that we decided to do it every year."

This year the art league is focusing on inviting similar organizations from the East Bay to participate but all artists are welcome, including local residents.

"They meet with us the first day to register for the event," Hostetter explained. "Then they chose one location, perhaps a gorgeous historical building."

Organizers will provide artists with lists of interesting subjects.

"They can look at what we've suggested or can pick a place of their own," Hostetter said. "Everyone's interpretation is interesting -- these are creative people."

Favorites last year were Museum on Main, the Kottinger Barn, the old gas station on Main Street, Gay Nineties Pizza, the trees lining the walkway in front of the library, the Lighthouse Baptist Church, a home on Neal Street, the new Cubby's Dog Park and the Pleasanton Ridge.

"They can paint all weekend long," Hostetter said. "Sunday (Sept. 22) is the last day, and starting at 1 o'clock, they bring their work to the front of Museum on Main."

The paintings will be exhibited on the front lawn for the judge to choose one best of show; two honorable mentions; and two merit awards, all receiving financial awards. This year's judge is Samantha McNally.

"After the awards ceremony, all the work is available to purchase," Hostetter said. "For all of the sales we collect, we donate a percentage to the museum for allowing us to use the space."

The viewing ends at 4 p.m.

Last year, after a weekend of painting by artists hailing from Fremont to Benicia, first place was awarded to Maureen Morley for her watercolor, "Museum on Main Street." Second place went to Beth Okurowski for her oil painting of the museum, but because she was a board member she asked for the award to go to another painting and it was given to Alka Vaidya for "Top of the World." Honorable mention went to Sara Braun for "Dog Park."

Three works were sold at last year's exhibit: "Lighthouse Church" by Dennis Baker, "Classical Gas" by Michelle George, and "Neal Street" by Nancy Roberts.

"Museum on Main is such a wonderful place to conduct this event -- we're so close to the farmers market that people will stop by and say, 'What is this?'" Hostetter said.

The artists attracted many viewers at several sites on that Saturday who enjoyed watching them at work and asking questions.

"It's great for young people to get to see an artist at work," Hostetter observed.

Anybody who wants to join in as an artist is welcome, she noted. Go to www.pal-art.com to read the instructions and get the registration form. Bring it to Museum on Main between 3-6 p.m. Sept. 20 to register.

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2 people like this
Posted by Kerrie
a resident of Dublin
on Sep 9, 2019 at 12:52 pm

This is really nice idea, Pleasanton!

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