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Frank Bette Center for the Arts
Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout 2016



2016 Plein Air Paintout


August 1 - 6, 2016

Application Deadline

Sunday, May 8, 2016

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:
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” August 1-6, 2016. Artists may paint anywhere within the city limits. All painting mediums are acceptable.  Paintings will be juried and for sale on Saturday, August 6. During the week there will be a separate Quick Draw event in a specified location.

Application Process & Fee:
• Entries are processed online by from January through April 30, 2016.
• The non-refundable entry fee of $45 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.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please email or call 949-287-8645.
• Submitted images should represent recent plein air artwork.
• Application deadline: Saturday, April 30, 2016.

The Jurying Process:
The forty 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 Monday May 9, 2016.

Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout Calendar:
Monday - Friday, August 1 -5: Artists paint “en plein air” in Alameda.
• Monday, August 1 –Artist check-in and substrate stamping at Frank Bette Center for the Arts Gallery all day beginning 8 am.
• Tuesday, August 2 – Quick Draw.
• Saturday, August 6 – 10 am-7:30 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 12 - October 1 – Alameda en Plein Air gallery exhibit of 2016 paintout paintings in the Frank Bette Center for the Arts Gallery.
• Friday, August 12 • 7-9 pm • Opening Reception Alameda en Plein Air.
• Friday, September 9 – Artists are paid for August 6 sales.
General Regulations:
Participation in the Saturday, August 6 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 August 1-6, 2016.
• All painting mediums are acceptable.
• Artists are responsible for framing their artwork, bringing it to the exhibit location and hanging it on the displays provided. Filament line and scissors are available.
• Only those paintings created in the 2016 paintout are eligible for awards.
• All paintings must have the 2016 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 are processed by FBCA.
• 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.

• 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 12-October 1, 2016
• 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 encouraged.
• 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.
• 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 6 & Sunday, August 7 Receiving artwork for gallery exhibit
Friday, August 12 – Opening Gala, 7-9 pm.
Saturday, October 1 – Last day of Exhibit
Sunday, October 2 – Artists pick-up unsold artwork.
Friday, October 7 – $5/day storage fees begin for artwork left without advance arrangements.
Friday, October 7 - Friday, October 21 – 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.
Friday, October 28 – Artist paid for Alameda En Plein Air Gallery sales.

Cash and merchandise awards to be announced.

Questions Contact:
Genie Scott, Co-chair, 2016 Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout
Frank Bette Center for the Arts
1601 Paru Street, Alameda, California 94501

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