Call for Artists

Hosted by PAL

Paint Pleasanton 2022

Artists from far and wide will gather again this year to paint plein air the many historic and beautiful locations in and around the City of Pleasanton during Paint Pleasanton 2022. Starting at the Museum on Main, 603 Main Street, Pleasanton, on Saturday, Sept. 17 for sign in and ending back at the Museum on Main on Sunday afternoon Sept. 18 for judging, awards and the viewing and purchasing of art. Below are links to help you join in the fun!

Download the Prospectus HERE.

Online entry form HERE.

Parking map HERE.

Suggestions for painting locations HERE. Site photos HERE.

Mail-in entry form HERE.


PAL events to check back here for:
  • PAL Paint Pleasanton Plein Air Event – September 17 and 18, 2022
  • PAL Members’ Firehouse Show – October 29 to December 17

Other Opportunities

July/Aug 2022 PortfolioFerment: A fermented- and distilled-themed juried art exhibition. Seeking art that celebrates the beauty of vineyards and hop yards, wine, beer and fermented drinks, and the vistas that produce these products. Deadline to submit electronic images is July 15.






July/Aug 2022 PortfolioArt In The Park – Sunday, August 14 (above). The LAA Gallery is pleased to sponsor the 2022 event to be held in the Carnegie Park around the LAA Gallery. Artists from around the Bay Area can display, sell, and paint their art or just mix with fellow artists and enjoy the gathering. All art for show & sale must be made by the artist signing up; no resales or commercial items.The registration form can be found on the LAA website ( and fees can be paid online. The show is open to all artists; fee is $20 for LAA members and $35 for all others, which includes membership to the Livermore Art Association. 20 percent of sales will go to the Gallery. Registration deadline is August 5. If you have any question or want more information, email or call Peggy Kervin at 209 531-4026.

July/Aug 2022 PortfolioArtWalk Livermore 2022 Registration is Open! This is the Tri-Valley’s premiere one day art festival. We love to showcase the art of the Tri-Valley, so join us and be a part of this historic art festival. We want artists to be successful and have a fun day of selling art. Contact Anne for the Registration forms and online payment. or 925 447-2787.

Castro Valley Marketplace Art Walks Wednesday evenings, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm outside on the Paseo. See brochure on Contact Austin Walker, Event Coordinator, 3295 Castro Valley Blvd. Suite 200, Castro Valley, CA 94546, 925-444-3154.

LAA Members: What Do You Do in the Summer? Member’s Show Coming to the Livermore Library

After a 2 year hiatus, LAA will be able to have a show at the Livermore Main Library. The show will run from September 1 to September 30 and the theme will be “What Do You Do in the Summer?” The entry fee will be $20.00 for one or two pictures. We are limited to 35 picture so it will be on a first come basis. Paintings and photography are welcome. Maximum size 48 inches high x 40 inches wide. Minimum size: no less than16 inches square. Large is good.

Receiving will be Thursday, September 1, 10:30-Noon. Pick up will be Friday, September 30, 10:30-Noon.

Application can be found on the LAA website,
If you have any questions you can email Lynne Shephard at

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:

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.

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

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, 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

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.

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.