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Frank Bette Center for the Arts
2019 14th Annual Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout



July 29 - August 3, 2019

Application Deadline

Monday, April 22, 2019

Juror: To be announced




Please read the entire prospectus:

The Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout (PAPo) event is a fund raiser for the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.


Frank Bette Center for the Arts Plein Air Paintout:

Up to forty artists are selected from all applicants. Artists will paint Alameda’s tree lined streets, stately Victorian homes and shops, marinas, ships in the Estuary, views of San Francisco and the Bay “en plein air” July 29-August 3, 2019. Artists may paint anywhere within the city limits which include Bay Farm Island. All painting mediums are acceptable. Paintings will be juried for awards and for sale on Saturday, August 3. During the week there will be a separate Quick Draw event in a specified location.


Application Process & Fee:

Entries are processed online by www. through Monday, April 22, 2019.

• The non-refundable entry fee of $60 is payable when you apply online using a credit card or PayPal.


Unpaid applications will not be considered for selection.

• Print your receipt for your records.

Submit 3 RGB color images in jpeg format, 1920 pixels @ 72 dpi on the longest side.

• Submitted images should represent recent plein air artwork.

Application deadline: Monday, April 22, 2019.


The Jurying Process

Artists are selected from all applicants by the selection team. Selected artists will be notified by email and the list will be posted on FBCA web site Wednesday, May 1, 2019.


Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout Calendar:

Monday - Friday, July 29-August 3: Artists paint “en plein air” in Alameda.

• Monday, July 29 – Artist check-in and substrate stamping at Frank Bette Center for the Arts Gallery all day beginning 8:30 am.

• Quick Draw - day and place to be determined.

• Saturday, August 3 – 10 am-5:00 pm Outdoor exhibit and sale at South Shore Center. Artists hang as many paintings as fit on 3 panels each 3’x6’: 1 horizontal, 2 vertical.

• August 9 - September 28 – Alameda en Plein Air gallery exhibit of 2018 paintout paintings in the Frank Bette Center for the Arts Gallery.

• Friday, August 9 • 7-9 pm • Opening Reception Alameda en Plein Air.

• Friday September 13 • 7-9pm • Mid-show Reception.

• Sunday, September 29 • 11am-5pm Artists pick up unsold paintings.

• Monday, September 30 – Artists are paid for August 3 sales.


General Regulations:

Participation in the Saturday, August 3 exhibit at South Shore Center is required.

• Artwork submitted for Awards must have been created en plein air, within Alameda city limits, and without the benefit of photography between July 29-August 3, 2019.

• All painting mediums are acceptable.

• Artists are responsible for framing their exhibited artwork, bringing it to the exhibit locations and hanging it on the displays provided. Artwork with a finished edge and plexiglass instead of glass is acceptable. Filament line and scissors are provided.

• Only those paintings created in the 2019 paintout are eligible for awards.

• All paintings must have the 2019 Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout event stamp on the substrate.

• After the awards jurying process is completed, returning artists may add to their display plein air paintings of Alameda from previous Frank Bette Plein Air Paintouts.

• All exhibited artwork must be for sale. Artists set their own prices.

• All sales transactions during the paintout must include sales tax whether sales are made during an exhibit or off your easel out on the streets. They are to be processed by FBCA. The comission

rates are the same as below.

• A 40% commission on all sales is retained to benefit FBCA as this is a fund raising event for the center. 60% of the sale price is paid to the artist.

• Unsold paintings are the responsibility of the artist.

• Artwork refunds to purchasers are permitted within 7 days with a receipt if artwork is in original condition.



• Upon request, we will do our best to provide complimentary lodging for artists from outside the area In private homes in Alameda for the week of the paintout. More information will be available upon acceptance.

Alameda en Plein Air Gallery Exhibit:

August 9 - September 28, 2018.

• Artists are requested to submit artwork not sold at the Saturday Exhibit to the Alameda en Plein Air gallery exhibit at Frank Better Center for the Arts. Participation is optional but strongly


• There is no additional fee to participate in the gallery exhibit.

• Commission is 40% to Frank Bette Center for the Arts on gallery exhibit sales, 60% to the artist.

• Unsold paintings are the responsibility of the artist. Call the gallery to see if you have unsold paintings to pick-up.


Gallery Exhibit Dates:

Saturday, August 3 & Sunday, August 4 Receiving artwork for gallery exhibit

Friday, August 9 – Opening Gala, 7-9 pm. Mid-show reception Friday September 13, 709pm

Saturday, September 28 – Last day of Exhibit

Sunday, September 29 – Artists pick-up unsold artwork.

Friday, October 4 – $5/day storage fees begin for artwork left without advance arrangements.

Friday, October 4 - Friday, October 18 – Unsold artwork shipped to artists. Artists out of area must make arrangements to have their artwork shipped to them. They can leave prepaid Fed Ex

shipping labels with FBCA. Packing costs must be paid by artists.

Thursday, October 31 – Artist paid for Alameda En Plein Air Gallery sales.


Cash and merchandise awards to be announced.

Questions Contact:

Margaret Fargo Chair-person, 2019 Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout

Frank Bette Center for the Arts

1601 Paru Street, Alameda, California 94501





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