May 2015 Plein Air Sites

2015 May Plein Air Meet at the site at 11 am. We meet every Thursday at the sites listed. You can call 510-914-8226 (Charlotte’s cel phone) for more info. or go to

April 30thNORTH BERKELEY LIBRARY: Hopkins and The Alameda/MLK at the intersection also with Josephine St and Sonoma Ave

May 7thMILLER KNOX PARK, Pt Richmond thru the tunnel – Park/paint along the waterfront area at the end of the grassy area farthest from the tunnel. Directions from the Park website say, “The park is located on Dornan Drive, south through the automobile tunnel from Garrard Boulevard in Point Richmond.”

May 11th – PROGRAM MEETING. Dale Laitinen at El Cerrito Community Center, 7:30pm; 7007 Moeser Lane.

May 14th – KIRSTON KOTHS’ GARDEN, 2646 Mira Vista St. El Cerrito –(Charlotte)  Kirston Koths has invited us to return to his beautiful backyard and paint there again! From San Pablo Ave., take Barrett Ave. up the hill and turn left (north) onto Mira Vista. OR follow Arlington Blvd. and turn down the hill at Barrett. Continue west toward the Bay for six blocks to Mira Vista and turn right. The painting site is on your right at 2646 Mira Vista.  Go thru the gate at the right side of the house to enter the garden.

May 21st THE VIEW FROM ROGER COURT, El Cerrito. The location is off Potrero Ave, between Julian & Navallier streets. Turn north onto Roger Ct. which goes steeply uphill ending in a cul de sac. One side is the hillside with trees, the other a sweeping view of EC, Brooks & Angel islands and the Golden Gate. If it is not foggy, San Francisco should be center stage. It needs good visibility for the view, but is out of the wind and has a little shade later in the day from the hill & trees. Park diagonally on the north side.

May 28th – WESTBRAE BIERGARTEN AREA, Berkeley. Intersection of Santa Fe, Gilman & Curtis streets. An interesting site for sketching or painting, suggested by Carol Ginsburg: This is a fairly new place: Also in the area is the nursery, the bagel shop, BART tracks etc. Another nice intersection just up the block is Monterey Mkt, Roma Cafe, Berkeley Hort. All at about Hopkins & Monterey.

Have a new location to suggest, or a place you’d like to visit again? Be sure there is safe parking for 8-10 cars. Restrooms fairly nearby are nice. Remember some of us may have trouble hauling our gear & walking a long distance over rough terrain.