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August 2018

Plein Air at Crest Avenue, Richmond

August 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Crest Ave, 1 Crest Ave
Richmond, 94801 United States
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photo of two women students painting outdoors.

About Crest Ave The Crest Avenue trailhead is located in Point Richmond, midway up a gorgeous hill that affords a 360 degree view of the industrial parts of Richmond, Miller Knox Park, Ferry Point, Albany, Berkeley and the bay. The trailhead curves as it goes up and there are paintable views all long. You will be able to park pretty close to the trailhead, but there is room for about ten cars. Please be mindful of this and park close…

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Plein Air at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park

August 1 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, Atlas Road Bridge Extension
Pinole, CA 94806 United States
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Photo of a large tree by the estuary.

About Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park Probably "the most enjoyable" of all the East Bay Regional Parks, according to several hiking blogs. The area accessible via Giant Rd is quiet and less traversed by dog owners and cyclists. Bathrooms, shade spots and water fountains are plentiful. The trail to Cook's Point (the beach) is shaded. Please Read Carefully If You Have Been To Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park has two entrances. We are not going…

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Plein Air at Point Molate Beach Park

August 8 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Point Molate Beach Park, 2118 Stenmark Dr
Richmond, 94801 United States
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Photo of the beach

Topic  Selecting pigments for a Bay Area landscape. Limited palettes. About Point Molate Beach Park Beautiful Point Molate Beach Park features a closeup view of the San Rafael Bridge and the small islands closer to shore. The beach is serene, surrounded by Monterrey pines and bare hills of undeveloped Point Molate. It was recently restored by the City of Richmond. There is lots of shade and ample parking, but no bathrooms and no running water. If you really need to…

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Plein Air at Fleming Point, Albany

August 15 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fleming Point, Albany, 1100 Eastshore Highway
Albany, CA 94710 United States
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Photo of an easel, a painting and an umbrella

About Fleming Point Unobstructed views of Albany Bulb and of Albany hill to the north, and of the Golden Gate Fields racetrack's hill to the south. To the west you'll be able to see San Francisco, Marin County and Tiburon. A great place to paint the beach, the bay, and sweeping views of Albany itself. There are no bathrooms and there is no shade at this beach, so be sure to bring something for shade that can withstand the wind…

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Plein Air at Aquatic Park South, Berkeley

August 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Aquatic Park South, 2925 Bolivar Dr
Berkeley, CA 94710 United States
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Photo of the lake at this Berkeley park.

About Aquatic Park South The south end of Aquatic Park is closest to Emeryville. It is delimited by Bolivar Dr,  highway 80, and the end of some Emeryville streets, not all of which lead to Aquatic Park. There is actually only one route to our meeting point. The vast expanse of this shallow lake becomes orange during the summer, as toxic algae blooms float on its surface. There is a porta-potty and plenty of shade but no running water. Parking…

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