Call for Artists

 Call for PAL Artists

View Prospectus and Enter PAL’s Pals 2021 HERE.


We’ll be sending a bi-weekly CHALLENGE to PAL members by email, and the latest CHALLENGE information will be posted here on this Call for Artists page.

Join in at anytime – any medium – by sending a picture of your creation to or by using form PAL Art Challenge Entry.

Address questions and challenge ideas to

PAL Challenge 6: SPRING

Due by April 12 for posting by April 15.

View the latest PAL Art Challenge Entries at  PAL Art Challenge Exhibit.

Future PAL events to check back here for:

  • PAL’s Paint Pleasanton 2021
  • PAL Members Show 2021

Other Opportunities

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

Why not join the over 50 artists who have already signed up? The entry fee is $75.

Join us at Dennis Baker, 925 518-7917. Website: Email: 

City of Dublin Invites Designs for Utility Box Art: The City of Dublin invites qualified professional artists, or high school student artists working under the supervision of an art teacher or art professional, to submit designs for painted utility boxes, beginning February 17, 2021 through April 19, 2021. 

With the ongoing positive public response to painted utility boxes Dublin has added around town, the Dublin City Council has approved funding for ten more utility boxes to be painted in Summer 2021. All the approved utility boxes are City-owned traffic signal boxes. Winning artists will be paid a $1,000 stipend per utility box painted. 

Artwork theme should follow the City’s Values, which are part of the adopted Mission and Vision statements. Values include safety, inclusivity, diversity, equality, and history. The Heritage and Cultural Arts Commission will review and recommend designs to City Council. City Council is expected to award contracts to artists in June 2021, with all ten utility boxes to be painted by September 30, 2021. 

Applications are available online at All proposals must be received by Heritage and Cultural Arts Supervisor Tyler Phillips by Monday, April 19, 2021, 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit .

Shelter in Place Exhibit at Bothwell: Artists Response from the Homefront Artists. How are you responding to the COVID-19 pandemic? We are seeking works of art that are being created during the Shelter in Place order – your thoughts on the world, your thoughts on this space and time. What are your creative coping strategies for dealing with this changing world? Works of art in any medium will be displayed at the Bothwell Arts Center, Livermore, at an as-yet-unknown date. Deadline to submit will be two weeks after the lifting of the Shelter-in-Place order in California. Prospectus and more details at or email

Take Me There: Travel the World Through Art and Photography at the Bankhead Theater Gallery, June 29–August 31, 2021. Dream, explore, discover without taking a flight. This exhibit will be in-person, with Covid-19 safety protocols in place.;

Elk Grove Fine Arts Center “Landscapes of Northern California,” Deadline April 9. Information: 916 685-5992,

Plein Air

Paint Livermore’s Historic Downtown, Vineyards, Hills, 1890’s Homes June 4-5 & 6, 2021 with Judging & Sales on Sunday, June 6, 3:00 pm at Carnegie Park, 2155 3rd St., Livermore. The Livermore Art Association sponsors its 2nd Annual Plein Air Competition. Artists will register June 4 or 5 at the Bandstand, 4th & K Streets, Livermore at Carnegie Park. For more information: or contact

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.