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Beth Winfield, painting en plein air. Photo by Charlie Lucke

The 2018 Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout

For the past 13 years Frank Bette Center for the Arts has selected artists from all over the U.S. to participate in the Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout. This year’s event took place July 30 through August 3, culminating in an exhibit and sale of all the paintings and the presentation of awards on August 4. Paintings not sold on August 4 are now exhibited and for sale through September 29 at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts Gallery in Alameda, California.

About the location: Alameda is a small island in San Francisco Bay. Settled in the 1800s, it boasts many beautiful Victorian mansions, small beach cottages, businesses, California bungalows, and stucco houses of the ’30s and ’40s. There are many marinas, views of San Francisco and the Bay, the beach, the Port of Oakland and its large cranes, as well as parks and tree-lined streets — perfect for painting scenes en plein air.

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Mandar Wagholikar painting with pastels en plein air at Aeolian Yacht Club. Photo Nancy Brandt

Special events this year included the Quick Draw on Park Street, Alameda’s main business district, stretching from the Bay to the Estuary, an afternoon at the Aeolian Yacht Club, and another afternoon at the Encinal Yacht Club.

The fabulous group of artists selected this year: Stephen Berry, Catherine Boyer, David Casterson, Garr Crookston, Catherine Fasciato, Paul Feinberg, Susan Lea Hackett, Annie Haines, Greg Holzhauer, Ellen Howard, Sibyl Johnson, Susan Kendall, Chuck Kovacic, Anna Lancaster, Yvonne Lee, Robyn Leimer, Suzi Long, Markus Lui, Kate Martin, Heather Martin, Laura Martinez-Bianco, Steven McDonald, Mark Monsarrat, Deborah Newman, Justin Pastores, Katherine Rice, Maria SantoStefano, Julia Munger Seelos, Birgit Spaulding, Nancy Takaichi, Barbara Tapp, Lisa Taylor, Cleo Vilett, Mandar Wagholikar, Marti Walker, Beth Winfield, Karen Winslow, Ron Wolter, and Xueling Zou.

Awards for 2018 Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout

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Nancy Takaichi, “Transition Center,” oil. Photo by Fred Fago

2018 Best of Show Award: Nancy Takaichi, “Transitional Center,” oil

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Justin Pastores, “High Street Shadows,” watercolor. Photo by Fred Fago

Frank Bette Award: Justin Pastores, “High Street Shadows,” oil

Frank Bette Award Honorable Mention: Ellen Howard, “Smokey Sunset,” oil

Alameda Award: Cleo Vilett, “Night at the Movies,” oil

Alameda Award Honorable Mention: David Casterson, “On the Waterfront,” oil

Island Award: Chuck Kovacic, “In Delta Lindsey We Trust,” oil

Island Award Honorable Mention: Steven McDonald, “Refinery Evening Light,” oil

PAPo Award: Steven McDonald, “Dan’s Produce,” oil

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Stephen Berry, painting en plein air. Photo by Charlie Lucke

Quick Draw Artists’ Choice Award: Stephen Berry, “Low Tide,” watercolor

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