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Plein-Air Exhibit Opens at Frank Bette

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The work of artists who paint outdoors around the Island and in other picturesque venues opens from 7-9 p.m. tonight, Friday, August 5, at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street at Lincoln Avenue.

The show will be on exhibit through Saturday, October 1, and includes the work of more than two dozen painters — such as Beth Bourland, Elaine Carpenter, David Savellano, Nancy Roberts (whose painting of a home on Pacific Avenue is shown above) and others.

Awards are being presented today, and artwork will be for sale during the show in August and September.

For those hoping to learn more about plein-air painting, a workshop led by Edwin Bertolet is set for August 20 and 21. A demonstration of the painting style will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, with Markus Lui.

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Alameda’s Plein Air Art Show in Final Week

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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.