2017 Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout
Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout Calendar:
Monday - Friday, July 31-August 5
Artists paint “en plein air” in Alameda.
Monday, July 31
Wednesday, August 2
Quick Draw on Grand Street - bay to estuary includes Franklin Park. Exhibit and sale of Quick Draw paintings in the back yard at Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, CA
Saturday, August 5 • 10 am-6:00 pm
Outdoor exhibit and sale at South Shore Center.
August 11 - September 30
Alameda en Plein Air gallery exhibit of 2017 paintout paintings in the Frank Bette Center for the Arts Gallery.
Friday, August 11 • 7-9 pm
Opening Reception Alameda en Plein Air.
2017 Plein Air Paintout Juror Carolyn Lord
Plein Air Demonstration
Southern California native, Carolyn Lord (1956- ) was introduced to the "California Regionalist Watercolor" tradition by James Green in 1975 while attending Principia College, in Elsah, Illinois. During summer vacation she attended watercolor workshops with Rex Brandt, George Post, and Robert E Wood. Her Liberal Arts studies included Botany and Architectural History which have been enduring motifs throughout her art career.
Two months after college graduation in 1978, Lord had her first solo show at the Maybeck Gallery, Elsah Illinois. The following month, she began exhibiting in Carmel, California, at the Fireside Gallery alongside watercolorists Millard Sheets, Tom Hill, Tom Nicolas, and Gerald Brommer. Lord attended a two week watercolor workshop by Millard Sheets in 1979. In 1983, Millard Sheets recommended Lord's work to his son David and daughter-in-law, Susan, who were opening the Stary-Sheets Fine Arts, Gualala, California. These 2 galleries were instrumental in establishing her career while she had yearly solo-shows of watercolors, 1980-1995.
Lord's early-career capitalized on watercolor's portability. There were road trips in California, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado as well as international trips to Brasil, Denmark, England, Italy, US and British Virgin Islands, Mexico, and French Polynesia. Lord's mid-career work has been focused on the vernacular architecture, landscape, and gardens in her home state of California.
Watercolor exhibitions have provided national opportunities to exhibit. Highlights include: National Watercolor Society (NWS); California Watercolor Association; Watercolor West; San Diego Watercolor Society; Arizona Aqueous; Oregon Watercolor Society; Rocky Mountain National; Watercolor USA; Andirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors (ANEAW); Watercolor Art Society-Houston. Lord has been invited to jury or judge NWS, Red River Watercolor Society, Arizona Aqueous, and twice for ANEAW.
To refine her drawing and painting skills, Lord attended workshops at Bay Area Classical Artists Atelier with Jon de Martin, and Lynn Sanguedolce. She is continuing her part-time studies at Golden Gate Atelier under Andy Amaral, Sean Forester, and Tess-Marie White.
Lord has added oil painting as an addition facet to her career and has taken workshops with Warren Chang, Wanda Kemper, Robert Lemler, and David Gallup.
Lord has pursued exhibition opportunities with artists who have similar aesthetics. She joined the California Art Club (CAC) in 1998 and participated in shows at the Autry Museum; Pasadena Museum of California Art; USC's Fisher Museum; Bakersfield Museum; San Luis Obispo Museum of Art; Carnegie Museum; San Francisco Historical Society. Since 1999 Lord has exhibited in Maynard Dixon Country, Mt. Carmel Utah. She has participated in plein air events in Carmel, Laguna Beach, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, and Sonoma.
Nancy Seamons Crookston
Will be demonstrating plein air painting
Friday July 14th • 10 am to noon
(In the back patio, overlooking the Lagoon)
801 Island Drive, Alameda, CA 94502
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