Annual Show 2015 Dates: Oct. 2, 3, 4

And while you’re thinking about it, mark your calendars for this year’s show:

The Annual Art Show will be held the first weekend in October, Oct. 2,3 & 4. Plan to join us for the Opening Reception on Friday night and Unframed Art Sales Saturday and Sunday.

This year’s the Special Category theme is “Rhythm.” You may enter one piece of any media in the special category. The judge will be looking for a well executed piece that reflects the theme.

Randy Sexton Paints A Portrait At June 8 ECAA Meeting

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Randall Sexton will demonstrate painting a portrait in oils at the June 8 meeting of the El Cerrito Art Association.

“My concerns as an artist have always been rather straight forward,” Randy said. “The discipline of direct painting, both in the plein air experience and in the studio, has helped me to develop a loose handling of paint that speaks as much about the paint itself as it does any given subject matter. I try to combine traditional methods of painting with a ‘sense of myself living in the present.’

“Nature has proven to be the most demanding and inspiring teacher…so I work from life, as often as possible and try to remain open to new ideas and new approaches. The painting process is an exploration and an adventure. Each work is a simple sentence in an ongoing story that will take a lifetime to unfold. The tale is a compilation of images that reflect the magic of life itself: the mysteries of vision, light, and color. Painting has enabled me to be more appreciative of the beauty and richness in everyday life.”

Raised in rural Connecticut, Sexton moved to San Francisco, CA in 1980 after completing a BFA from the University of CT, Storrs. He has become nationally known for his bold use of color and expressive brushwork in his oil paintings of everyday scenes ranging from urban and rural landscapes, still-life and portraits.

At home in the Bay area, he has earned a great reputation for being an educator as well as a fine artist. He taught classes in drawing, painting, and composition at the San Francisco Academy of Art until 2005. He now leads private workshops around the country and teaches as a free-lance instructor at Pixar Studios in Emeryville, CA. Last year he appeared on the grand stage in a dual painting demo with Jean Perry at the 3rd Annual Plein Air Convention in Monterey, drawing raves from participants.

California galleries exhibiting his work include The John Pence Gallery, SF; Nancy Dodds Gallery, Carmel; and Epperson Gallery, Crockett. More information at his website:

The June 8 meeting will be held in the Garden Room of the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito. The evening begins at 7 pm with social time and a “mini art show” of members’ work. The mini art show theme is open. A brief business meeting is held at 7:30, followed by the speaker.

El Cerrito Art Association meetings are open to the public, and visitors and new members are always welcome. For further information about this program, contact Barbara Daniell at 510-277-6996 or

Nga Trinh In Pleasanton Show

Nga Trinh will be in the show called RE-PURPOSED in Pleasanton June 24 – July 22. All the details are here:

May Mini Art Show winners

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The theme for May was “Outside the Box”

First Place – Meg Stockwell – Wendy – mixed media collage

Second Place – Doris Mendell – What’s In the Box? – photograph

Third Place – Ikuko Boyland – Gift from Hong Kong – watercolor

Cruise along the Napa River on a sketching trip Thursday May 28, 10am to 1:30pm.

 May 19 Update: The cruise is fully booked. Have a great time, everybody.
Meet our private cruise boat at Vallejo Marina and enjoy a “Nature &Cultural History of the Napa River”
as we sketch the passing shoreline and see some of the birds in the area!
Bring your sketching materials and plan to fill several pages in your sketchbook.
(No oil or acrylic paints, please) Probably we will be moving most of the time though it is possible our organizer,

Ling Liao can arrange for a short stop or two for a slightly longer sketch.

Based on a full group of about 30 people the cost per person is $35. (Up to $50 if fewer sign up)
Share this with painting friends and others who might be interested. Paid reservations due by May 20.
We need to know we have a group ready to enjoy this delightful opportunity!
Send your check for $35. to Ling Liao 37 Maryland Ave Berkeley CA 94707
Include your full name, address e-mail address & phone number.
Note you are signing up for Napa River Sketching Tour and enclose SASE.
Questions? contact Ling at Ling Liao <>
or Charlotte Britton at <> phone 5510-914-8226
For directions to Vallejo Marina (42 Harbor Way) go to
(Scroll down to Napa River section0
Park in K lot near the dockIn addition to sketching gear, bring your lunch, bottled drinking water.
There is no food service on board but a restroom is available. Dress in layers.
It will likely be windy and sunny (so wear a hat) and may be hot or cold.
The boat has tables and benches inside with good views out the windows.
See the attached description from Dolphin Charters. – Napa River

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