Alameda’s Plein Air Art Show in Final Week

Plein Air

Plein Air paintings, made by artists out and about around the Island, will be on display at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts through Friday, August 27.

Gallery hours at the center, 1601 Paru Street at Lincoln Avenue, are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The show, sponsored by Perforce Software of Alameda, opened in early August. The fifth-annual Plein Art Paintout, when the images were created by 40 local artists, took place in late July.

Awards were given to painters Nancy Roberts, Ulrich Gleiter, Sergio Lopez, David Savellano, Mark Farina, Larry Cannon, Joaquin Turner and Linda Darsow Sutton.

The Plein Air tradition began in 19th century Paris by Monet and the other French Impressionists. With quick loose brush strokes, they aimed to capture the light on their canvases as it changes throughout the day. Their paintings give an impression of the view without detail, hence the term Impressionism.

A special show at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee d’ Orsay, ends soon — September 6. A second show, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, will open September 25.

For those looking for a broader local at Parisian history at the time of Impressionism, the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, has a special exhibit — Impressionist Paris: City of Light —  through September 26.  

After visiting any of all of these Impressionist exhibits, Alamedans should have an even greater appreciation of the outdoor creativity  on display at Frank Bette.

Janet Levaux

  • http://www.frankbettecenter.org Debra Owen

    Thank you very much for your coverage and support for Frank Bette Center and this amazing event and exhibit. The Journals support is critical and very appreciated. We haves magical paintings of Coast Guard Island, Sushi House, Feel Good Bakery, McGraths, Tuckers, Alameda Museum, The Hospital, Marketplace, Nations, Little Cafe, Dans Produce, Grand Marina, Congregational Church, St Josephs, M.Zoes, Lan Vie, Marinas, lagoons, estuary and SF views, many private homes too! It’s been real fun sharing the plein air paintings with everyone. thx a ton

  • John W. Vile

    Is a shame that donations have to be taken for education.
    I wonder if we could do the same for all of the militaries around the world. Attention!! Cake sale for rifles!