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PAL JMH Show Presented by Pleasanton Art League & John Muir Health

Monday, May 23 to Thursday, July 14

The Auxiliary Board’s Art Committee of John Muir Health’s Walnut Creek Medical Center has invited the Pleasanton Art League to showcase and sell artwork at JMH from May 23 to July 14, 2022. This juried show is only open to PAL members.

In keeping with the intended audience, the title of our show is: “Healing Spaces.”  We are looking for artworks promoting a sense of well-being. Animals, landscapes, nature, abstract works, and portraits are accepted, but should not contain political or controversial content. This is an opportunity for PAL artists to offer support to the healing community and its patients during these challenging times. In addition, in support of JMH community initiatives, PAL will donate $200 to the Auxiliary on behalf of the artists.

Jody Mattison

This show will be juried and judged by Jody Mattison. The John Health Muir facility can accommodate 40 pieces of 2D artworks. Jody will jury artworks from entry images and, after viewing the exhibition, she will award prizes.

Jody holds a Masters of Fine Art from the Academy of Art University, is an established exhibitor with work juried into such prestigious shows as the Crocker-Kingsley Biennial. She has taught college and adult art classes in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 18 years. She has been published in International Artist magazine, and has private commissions in collections internationally. She co-directs Lynn House Gallery in Antioch, and teaches onsite and online at both the Community Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek and at her private studio, Antioch Atelier.


  • Exhibit Dates: Monday, May 23 to Thursday, July 14, 2022
  • Entry deadline: May 1
  • Entry fee: $30 (total) for up to three entries
  • Please see Prospectus for entry requirements
  • Acceptance Notification: May 12
  • Receiving on Saturday, May 21 and Artwork Pick-up on Friday, July 15
  • For questions, contact Show Chair John DeVilliers,


    View and Print Exhibit Prospectus HERE.

    Online Entry HERE.

    Print Exhibit Labels HERE.

Future PAL events to check back here for:

  • PAL John Muir Show, Walnut Creek – May 23 to July 14
  • PAL Paint Pleasanton Plein Air Event – September 17 and 18, 2022
  • PAL Firehouse Show – October 29 to December 17

Other Opportunities

The California Art Club is organizing a plein air painting demo and paint-out at Sycamore Grove! It’ll be Saturday, April 30. There is no fee to attend, preregistration appreciated.

Darla Bostick’s 16th and 17th Ghost Ranch Workshop/Retreat (September 2022) and adventures in Italy and France in October. https://youtube/beDIiK72fCI. Darla Bostick, 940.320.5660 Email:

Alameda County Fair, Fine Arts Exhibit, June 17 to July 10. Registration for the 2022 Alameda County Fair Competitions is open for the all categories. Deadlines vary with most submissions due April 20. https://annual. Every exhibitor receives one free General Fair Admission to be used any single day of the 2022 Fair

Alliance for the Visual Arts is welcoming every artist of the Tri-Valley to become a member of AVA. Membership is free and gives you several benefits. First, you can add your name and images to the Artist Gallery and be seen amongst all the other artists of the Tri-Valley in one location, on one website. You can have your own page and full control of how you wish to represent yourself, free of charge. If you are unfamiliar with developing a website page, I can send you how-to videos or we have someone who can do it for you extremely cheaply. Also… I wish to place on the website, again for free, a listing of all art teachers in the Tri-Valley and all folks who have a specialty, like painting murals. We are putting out a newsletter to inform the public about goings-on in the visual arts and this is sent to all members of AVA. The website is up-to-date on visual art happenings and loaded with local, regional and national calls for artists. Please email me at and let me know if you’re interested. The website is

Olive Hyde Art Guild presents Holiday for The Arts 2022. Gala: Friday, October 21, time TBA. Show & Sale: Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, please see the, click on Holiday for the Arts to find applications and more information.

Hagemann Ranch Open House will feature Vintage Crafts and Toys on Sunday February 27, 2:00 to 5:00, 455 Olivina Ave., Livermore. Open Houses with different themes are featured on the last Sunday of most months and artists are always invited to show their work. Contact Tom and Barbara Soules For those newcomers unfamiliar with the Hagemann Ranch, the Livermore Heritage Guild manages this beautiful historic ranch at 455 Olivina Ave. in Livermore. It’s a great place to visit or show your art during their open houses.

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, usually weekdays, with dates and locations inspired by the weather. 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

Save June 3-4-&5 for the 3rd Annual Paint Livermore plein air competition sponsored by LAA. Artists will be invited to paint historic Livermore, downtown, vineyards, buildings, or any of the many great subjects within the zip codes of 94550 and 94551. Information will be ready to send out by March 1. To get on the mailing list, email Diane Rodriguez at or call 925 462-1919 or Norma Webb or call 925 828-9170.

Paint Livermore –


Art Space Open House during the third week of each month. Livermore Art Association sponsors this. Would you like to host this type of thing? You don’t have to have a real studio; the actual point is to show people how they can fix an art corner, a garage, a dining room, or wherever you do your thing. You will be encouraged to invite friends and neighbors as well as the L A A membership. L A A will promote the event through social media, the LAA web page and Portfolio. Refreshments will be provided as well as signage. To sign up, contact Georgia Jacobs at 925 321-9488 or

ArtWalk Livermore is Saturday October 8. Save the date. Hours will be from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Registration opens in May. For more information:

Sketchbook image from Jade Fon paint out at Coyote Hills Regional Park, January 1, 2022 by Lorraine Wells

JADE FON PLEIN AIR PAINTERS …is a group continuing in the tradition of Jade Fon Woo (1911-1983), a nationally recognized watercolor artist who taught locally at Diablo Valley College and many other locations. He was known across the country for his very popular Watercolor Workshops at Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California.

This group is free, casual, non-instructional and open to everyone. Just show up!  Our annual calendar and information is available by contacting Becky Davies at:  or on Facebook as member of our group.

Calendar – January – February:

  • January 15 & 16 – Forest Home Farms, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon
  • January 29 – Black Diamond Mines Regional Park, 5175 Somersville Rd., Antioch
  • February 5 – Don Edwards Regional Park, 2 Marshlands Rd., Fremont
  • February 12 – Round Valley Regional Preserve, 1950 Marsh Creek Rd., Brentwood
  • February 19 – Nortonville Rd. &  Kirker Pass Rd., Pittsburg
  • February 26 – John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Rd., Martinez


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.