Christin Coy painting during the CAC’s fourth annual event

Over the weekend of October 26-28, 2012, 85 members of the California Art Club (CAC) painted both outdoors and in a studio during the fourth annual retreat at Tomales Bay, West Marin, and the Marconi Conference Center. PleinAir staff member Richard Lindenberg sent us photographs and a link to his blog about the exciting event (

Members of the CAC pose for a group photograph

Artists painting above Tomales Bay, West Marin

“CAC members from around California experienced painting in spectacular Tomales Bay, West Marin, with 70-degree coastal days and no fog,” Lindenberg reports. “The historic Marconi Conference Center provided us with great food — in fact, too much of it — fantastic vistas from the hills above, a spacious meeting hall, and easy access to Highway 1 and all that the area provides: oysters, old boatyards, cottages on stilts in the bay, colorful fishing boats and kayaks, views of Point Reyes across the bay, and ranchland with the iconic rolling Marin hills dotted by cattle and sheep. Does that about sum up a perfect weekend?

Kay Young and Richard Lindenberg pose in the studio where CAC members painted

Lindenberg adds, “Kay Young and I are so proud to represent the California Art Club here in Northern California as co-chairs. We think the vision of Elaine and Peter Adams and support of the CAC organization staff, headed by managing director Lisa Cavelier, do such a great job of helping make our chapter become a thriving artist community in the north. Without the Pasadena headquarters’ contributions and chapter member attendance at our planned activities, none of these events would be possible. Thank you to everyone!”


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