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May 29, 2012 > Plein Air Paint Out

Plein Air Paint Out

Submitted By Dino Labiste

En plein air is a French expression which means "in the open air," and is used to describe paintings that have been created chiefly outdoors, rather than in the studio. Sign-up and join fellow artists for the 4th Annual Plein Air Paint Out at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont on Sunday, June 3. Find inspiration in the many natural settings throughout the park; capture the light, shadow and colors of the rolling hills, marsh habitats, wildlife, various native floras, and a panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay.

All two-dimensional mediums such as oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, and mixed media, will be accepted. Artists can paint any subject or scene anywhere within Coyote Hills, working from the natural landscape and not from a reference photograph or digital image. Plan on bringing your painting supplies, an easel, chair (if needed), and additional drinking water. Hats or caps are recommended. Dress for the weather.

Completed pieces must return to the Coyote Hills Visitor Center by 12:30 p.m. for an exhibition of artwork for public viewing and an optional silent auction from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the Visitor Center's lawn area. Proceeds from the silent auction will go to the individual artist with a 10 percent fee of total sales paid to East Bay Regional Park District. People's Choice Awards will be given out at the end of the day for first, second, and third places.

The Paint Out is open to ages 18 and over. Artists can paint as many paintings as they want, but each artist is limited to only one submission for exhibition.

The entry fee is $15 for residents of Alameda or Contra Costa counties ($17 for non-residents) and includes registration, parking pass, a morning snack, and a light lunch (between 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.). The registration deadline is Thursday, May 31. To reserve your spot call 1-888-327-2757, option 2, 3, or register on-line at, click on "Reservations/Registration," select "EBParks Online" and type in course number 28995, then click on the magnifying glass icon on the right.

Pre-registered artists must sign-in at the Visitor Center from 8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. The artist's canvas, paper, panel, etc. must be stamped prior to any work being done. The size of the artwork is not to exceed 30" by 30." Artists may stamp one or more canvas, paper, panel, etc., but only one piece will be submitted for the exhibition.

Non-artists can take advantage of all that Coyote Hills has to offer, while seeing some great art with the unique opportunity to purchase a freshly created artwork by great local artists.

Let East Bay Regional Park District be your creative muse and help promote art in the park!

For more information, call Dino Labiste at (510) 544-3215 or send an e-mail to

Plein Air Paint Out
Sunday, June 3
8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Coyote Hills Regional Park
8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont
(510) 544-3215
Entry Fee: $15

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