Call for Artists

Hosted by PAL




Sept. 25 & 26

Artists from far and wide are welcome to paint in the many historic and beautiful locations in the City of Pleasanton and its surrounding area. Taking place at the Museum on Main, 603 Main Street, Pleasanton, starting Saturday, Sept. 25 and ending at the Museum on Main on Sunday afternoon Sept. 26 for awards, viewing and purchasing the art.  Join the painters at work or view them at work.

Paint Pleasanton Prospectus HERE. Online Entry Form HERE. Parking map HERE. Suggestions for painting locations HERE. Mail-in entry form HERE.

Contact: Becky Davies or Lorraine Wells

Coming Soon for PAL Members. … Its time to start painting, sculpting or whatever your art is!

Get Ready for the Members Show!

Future PAL events to check back here for:

  • PAL MOM Show 2022
  • PAL’s Pals 2022

PAL artists – invitation to apply:

PAL artists are invited to apply to display and perform their art outside of Studio Seven Arts gallery on Friday and Saturday nights during ‘Weekend On Main’ in downtown Pleasanton, April 30 – Sept 6, 2021 from 5-8p.m.  The gallery can accommodate two to three artists (PAL and Studio 7 gallery artists) each of those weekends outside of the gallery, who will interact with potential customers and hopefully make a few sales. 

Screening will be conducted by the Studio Seven Arts staff. They will make their selection based on skill and sale-ability of the art.  All sales will need to go through the gallery – Pleasanton city requirement.  The gallery will charge 20% of the retail sale to cover their costs. 

Please send an email to Dirk Christiansen at with 3-5 jpeg images and a very brief bio that will be used on social media postings. Please use the subject heading: “PAL invitation”.  Also let the gallery know of your dates of availability.

This is also an opportunity for PAL to have a table outside the gallery to answer questions about PAL from the public, so we will also need an additional 2-3 members per weekend to man the table (I figured an extra person for breaks).  If you are interested in this job, please send a separate email to Beth Okurowski and let her know your dates of availability.

For more information on Pleasanton ‘Weekend on Main’:

Other Opportunities

Tri Valley Artist Studio Tour – TVAST – November 12-14

An update on what’s happening:

  • Over 15 Venues: Bothwell Arts Center, Frame Co, The Firehouse, Springtown Arts Center and many Private Homes with multiple Artists. There’s room for you to join us! Bothwell has LOTS of space – Contact Anne Giancola – Small Fee. Firehouse has a few spaces for PAL artists – no fee – 20% commission. FrameCo has a couple spaces for DAC artists. Join DAC! Springtown ArtsCenter has some room- especially for a ceramicist. Several Private homes may have space available – contact Dennis.
  • Preview Evening Show Hosted by Darcie Kent Winery !! – 11 Nov. Show dates are still 13 and 14 November – Online and in-Person
  • Private teachers can show their students’ work for only $10 each. All local Tri-Valley High Schools have been invited to show for free. Las Positas Art Students are invited to show for free.
  • Last day to signup to get name/venue in catalog for printing is August 15th. Entry Fee jumps to $100 starting May 1. You can signup all the way to Nov 1.

And to sign up… TVAST SignUp Link

Here’s the AVA Website where TVAST lives- check it out and see some of the artists who are showing. Follow us on Instagram. We are planning some exciting new virtual technologies for the show that we hope you will want to try with us. For details click this link… TVAST Details. Dennis Baker, 925 518-7917. Website: Email: 

July Porfolio

LAA’s Late Spring Art Show

Mail your Registration for The Late LAA Spring Art Show by September 1. There was an entry form in the July-August Portfolio, or you can get an interactive copy on

Deliver your artwork on Thursday, September 9, 10:00 to 12:30 pm. Pick up work on Sunday September 12, 4:00 to 5:00 pm.

The show will be at the Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th St, Livermore. Show hours are September 11 & 12, 10:00 – 4:00. Reception/Awards Sunday 2:30 – 4:00. If you would like to help, or have any questions, contact me at

Sales Room: There is still time to sign up. All artists entering the Late LAA Spring Art Show are eligible to enter other items in the Sales Room. You can put out a portfolio of unframed art, smaller framed work if you want, or jewelry, gift items, or whatever you make that you would like to sell. The only catch involved is that you need to work a shift of approximately 2 1⁄2 hours helping in the sales area. For more information, contact Norma Webb at or call 925 828- 9170.

Christine McCall, Show Chair



ArtWalk Livermore is Saturday Oct 9. Artists: contact Bothwell ASAP if you want to join ArtWalk for the Tri Valley’s premiere one-day art festival. Art lovers: Save the date for the 20th anniversary of ArtWalk. 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Essential Figure Show 2021 

A collection of fine figurative artworks by local artists. September 24th, 25th & 26th. 11:00 – 4:00 daily. Bothwell Arts Center, located at 2466 Eight St. in Livermore. Art demonstrations during the exhibition. Free to the Public.

  • Receiving: Saturday, September 18th, 1:00 – 4:00 pm. No preregistration required.
  • Hanging: September 23rd, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Reception: Saturday, September 25. from 12:00 – 3:30. Awards presented at 1:30.
  • Sponsored by LAA, the Livermore Arts: Bankhead & Bothwell.
  • Judge: David Wagner, website: http://
  • Peoples Choice Award: Announcement Sunday, September 26th at 3:30.
  • Volunteers needed for Publicity, Receiving, Hanging, Refreshments, Demonstrations, Sales Table, Clean Up.
  • Prospectus:

Barbara Stanton, 925 373-9638.

Be an Artist on The Alameda County Artist Registry!

Don’t Miss this Opportunity, Apply Today!

Deadline: Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Alameda County Arts Commission invites visual artists to submit an application to the new Alameda County Artist Registry, a prequalified list of artists that will be used for upcoming public art opportunities managed by the Alameda County Arts Commission. Public art opportunities will include outdoor and indoor projects with a range of budgets and will be appropriate for artists working in a variety of materials and styles. The Artist Registry will be primarily used to commission visual artists to create new artwork, however, there may be opportunities to purchase or license existing artwork. Artists interested in being considered for public art opportunities with the Alameda County Arts Commission during the next 3-4 years should apply. Artists who were accepted into a previous Artist Registry with the County must reapply in order to be considered for public art projects with Alameda County. The new Alameda County Artist Registry will include over 200 artists creating a wide range of artwork.

Opportunities for emerging, mid-career and established artists who:

  • Create small to mid-sized artwork including drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, quilts, textiles, and mixed-media artwork
  • Have little or no public art experience as well as artists who have completed major public art commissions
  • Work individually or as part of a team

The public art opportunities include:

  • Creating new, site-specific artwork
  • Selling existing small-scale, two-dimensional artwork
  • Licensing artwork for reproduction on utility boxes and street banners
  • Implementing design concepts in durable materials
  • Collaborating with diverse communities and youth 

The Artist Registry is open to professional artists who live, are permanently employed, or rent/own an artist’s studio in one of the following 14 counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Sacramento, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Yolo. For artists who are applying as a team, all team members must be artists from the counties listed above. Additional eligibility restrictions apply. Review the full application for complete eligibility requirements.

Application Information

View a PDF of the Call for Artists.

Applications for the Artist Registry must be submitted online through the CaFÉ™ website.

Applications must be completed online by Wednesday, September 15, 2021 (10:59pm Pacific Time). Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Watch an Informational Video Before Applying!

The video contains information about the County’s Public Art Program and how to submit an online application through CaFÉ™.

NEW TO PUBLIC ART? We’re here to help!

Bring your questions to an informal meeting with the Arts Commission Staff!

  • Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 5:30pm
  • Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 10:00am

Zoom link:

Join by phone: +1 669 900 6833

Meeting ID: 965 7559 4911. Passcode: 883353

Questions & Contact Information

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact the Office of the Alameda County Arts Commission by email or by phone (510) 208-9646.

Registration for ArtWalk Livermore 2021 is Now Open! ArtWalk is Saturday, October 9. Join us for a day filled with art, camaraderie and sales. New to ArtWalk? Try it out – it’s fun! Information:

Plein Air

Contra Costa Plein Air is a friendly group of artists who get together to paint at scenic locations all around the Bay Area and beyond. Our schedule is random, with dates inspired by the weather forecast. New artists are always welcome! There is no fee to participate. Find us on Facebook at Contra Costa Plein Air, or to receive paint-out invitations by e-mail contact Nancy Roberts at Photo at right is Iris Sabre at a Contra Costa Plein Air paint-out in Brentwood.

Interested in Plein Air Painting? We are lucky to have a Jade Fon plein air painting group in this area that continues the tradition started by famous California painter, Jade Fon Woo. This group meets regularly most Saturdays at pre-arranged locations throughout the Bay Area and is open to all.  Contact Becky Davies at for confirmation or to join the group.

Jade Fon (1911-1983): The founder of a well-known watercolor workshop in Asilomar, California, Jade Fon became a California plein-air painter whose work combined Oriental influences and regionalism called “California Style.” His subjects range from cityscapes to wildlife in natural surroundings. He initiated plein-air painting classes and groups wherever he lived, and we are the lucky recipients of his tradition in our area. He was born in San Jose, California, was raised in Winslow, Arizona, and attended the University of Arizona at Flagstaff before continuing his higher education at the University of New Mexico. In the 1930s, he moved back to California where he attended the Art Students League in Los Angeles and exhibited with the California Water Color Society. In the art world, he was called “Jade Fon”, although his full name was Jade Fon Woo.