March 2015 Plein Air Sites

2015 March Plein Air – Meet at the site.

We meet every Thursday, at 11am.

You can call 510-914-8226 (Charlotte’s cel phone) for more info. or go to

March 5th- WARD STREET VICTORIANS, Berkeley – Suggested by Ikuko

The 2100 block of Ward St. in Berkeley, between Fulton & Shattuck, has a number of interesting large (corner of Ward & Fulton) and small Victorians including #2156 Ward. You can sit in the shade on the south side of Ward and paint sunlit houses across the street. This is the area behind UC Storage building & Kirala restaurant on the east side of Shattuck. It is 4 blocks north of Ashby where Adeline & Shattuck come together. From MLK way in Berkeley, I would take Dwight Way east to Fulton and turn south.

March 9th – PROGRAM MEETING EC Community Center 7007 Moeser Ln 7:30 pm. Edmund Zimmerman takes us to Italy for an art tour of Umbria!

March 12th – BONITA RD OVERLOOK, San Pablo (requested by Marie Cotter)

Turn onto San Pablo Dam Rd from 1-80 (north of El Cerrito) to the stoplight just beyond the carwash and go uphill to the right onto Morrow Drive. Turn left onto Hillcrest and drive past several other streets to Bonita Rd. Turn right on Bonita and go almost to the end. Take the last left turn and go to the end of the street. Plenty of parking and a sidewalk where we can sit! Maybe there has been enough rain to turn the hills green.

March 19th –TUNNEL & STAIRS on Sutter (continuation of Henry St) & El Dorado Sts. Berkeley – Carol Ginsberg request

Carol says she goes often to the little grassy area just before the tunnel to the top of Solano Ave. You can also see the stairs which go to Arlington Circle above. There is a somewhat vacant commercial area on El Dorado otherwise the area is residential with gardens. Take Hopkins St east to the light at Sutter, turn left and left again immediately onto El Dorado. Alternately you can go thru the tunnel from Solano Ave and turn left on El Dorado or take Shattuck onto Henry which becomes Sutter. Turn left on El Dorado.

March 26th – JAPANESE GARDEN at 7309 Cutting Blvd El Cerrito- Suggested by Ikuko

We first visited Cindy Chow’s award winning garden in 2010! It has since had time to mature and is very paintable indeed! I was welcomed enthusiastically when I stopped by to ask if we can come paint again. Take Arlington Blvd to the intersection of Cutting (or go up Hill St from San Pablo onto Cutting behind the El Cerrito del Norte BART station.) The garden is on the north side of the street above Arlington.