Friday, September 13, 2013


Fremont Art Association's Annual Plein Air Paint-Out will be held this Saturday, September 14th at the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse this year, instead of Lake Elizabeth as it has been the last few years.

This will give artists and the public to enjoy the lovely grounds around the Motherhouse, located on the hills along Mission Blvd in Mission San Jose, CA.  Usually these private grounds are not open to the public so this is a wonderful opportunity to see the sites there. You will turn off Mission Blvd. onto Mother Terre and about a block up the road you will see the gates to the Motherhouse on the left.  Signs will be posted.

The artists will not be obligated to stay on the grounds though, so the public may see them anywhere in the Fremont/Newark/Union City area.  I will be giving artists on the Dominican grounds potty breaks and be doing other errands during the day.

This is how a paint-out works:
The artists are required to bring canvas or paper to be painted in the morning at registration time.  The canvas/paper will be stamped for the paint-out.  (This is to assure that the painting was done at the paint-out time and not brought in already finished.)

After registration (around 10 am), the artists go off and choose a scene to paint, set up and proceed to create a masterpiece!  The public is encouraged to observe the artists (quietly) while they work.  Since they are on a deadline, it is best if the artists are not interrupted.

At a 2:30, the artists are to return with their painting, in a frame for display.  All the paintings will be displayed in the Motherhouse courtyard where refreshments will be served.  The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite painting and the artists will hold a separate vote for their favorite.  The votes will be counted and there will be prizes for the top 3 winners.  During this time, there will also be a silent auction on the paintings, a chance for you to obtain an original work of art!

Come join us!  And I hope to post lots of pictures of the lovely grounds of the Dominican Motherhouse for Sunday!

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