Call for 2019 artists!

Our next juried art show for CAA members is scheduled for March 2019 at the aRt Cottage in Concord.

Register online via EntryThingy for consideration. DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS 2/11/19.

Landscapes of the Mind - March 1-29, 2019

  • Entries accepted through February 11, 2019
  • Notification of Acceptance: February 15, 2019
  • Load in artwork: Wednesday February 27, 10:00am - 2:00pm
    aRt Cottage - 2238 Mt Diablo St, Concord CA 94520
  • Hang the Show: Thursday, February 28, 11:00am - 5:00pm
  • Show Opens: Friday, March 1, 2019, 11:00am

Artists Reception: Saturday, March 2, 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm. 
Artists - please bring an appetizer or snack to share at the reception. Wine will be provided.

Show Removal: Saturday, March 30, 2019, 11:00am - 2:00pm. 
If you cannot pick up your art you must make alternate arrangements for someone to do so. Any unclaimed art will be subject to a $10 per day/per piece storage fee and you will be responsible for making arrangements to pick it up from its keeper.


Plein air painting at Cline Cellars

The day could not have been more perfect for four of our member artists to sit outside and paint on the grounds of the beautiful Cline Cellars Winery in Sonoma.

Members Carol Husslein, Mary Frances Crabtree, Renaye Johnson and Cathy McNutt painted, chatted, took photos and ate lunch at this wonderful winery. 


September Mini Art Show

1st place:  Girard by Janet Brown  (oil)

2nd place:  Succulent by Barbara Nebeker  (watercolor)

3rd place:  Palermo by Denise Hillman  (oil)

Waiting for Diego by Betty McBride  (collage)

Bottled Dreams by Pat McDermont  (watercolor)

Plein Air Painting at the Ferry Building

CAA members Carol Husslein, Mary Frances Crabtree, Karen Nakkerud and Renaye Johnson traveled into San Francisco via BART to paint, sketch and take photos of the historic Ferry Building and the bustling atmosphere. It was a picture perfect day! 

Cline Winery in Sonoma is the location of our next adventure in October - click here for details and join us!


Meet the Artists Reception

Join us for our Opening Reception of Memories on Saturday, October 13th at the new San Ramon City Hall. This collection of memories-themed art from 22 CAA member artists should not be missed!


Plein air painting in Benicia

It was a BLUSTERY day in Benicia when intrepid CAA plein air painters descended on the waterfront! Several of us painted in our cars while diehard enthusiasts braved the cold winds outside. 

Join us on September 18th for our next outing at the Ferry Building in San Francisco - check the Activities page for details.

Carol Husslein
Mary Frances Crabtree
Cathy and Bob McNutt
June and Sal Vega
Renaye Johnson
Karen Nakkerud
Denise Hillman


How to Frame a Painting

Select a frame that is sturdy, clean and in good condition. 

Place your frame front side down on a flat, clean, sturdy surface.

Replace existing glass with plexiglass if necessary. Frames with glass will not be accepted in most art shows. 

Oils and acrylics are generally not framed under glass or plexiglass. If you’ve mounted your watercolor on board, then it does not require glass or plexi either.

Clean the interior surface of the plexi/glass well with a dust-free cloth and set aside.

For watercolors, photos and other paper art 

Place a clean, new mat front side down onto flat, clean, sturdy surface.

Line up your art piece so that it is the way you want to see it from the front side.

Use linen tape to tape your art to the mat on the top edge only.

Check the mat from the front side again to be sure that it’s still lined up correctly.

Place the mat front side down into your frame. Pick it up and view from the front to be sure there is no pet hair, dust or other particles left behind. Clean again if necessary. Place matted art into frame.

When you’re sure it is clean and lined up correctly, place a piece of acid-free paper over the matted art.

Add backer board or acid-free foam core and tighten into place. 

Wiring a wood frame

Measure your frame from top to bottom, for example 21". Then divide by three which is 7”.

Measure 7” down from the top on both the left and right sides of the frame and make a mark.

Center your D-ring over your mark making sure that none of the hardware shows from the front side. Use an awl or nail to get your hole started about 1/8” deep.

Place your D-ring, flat side down onto the frame, over your starter hole, with ring toward the center of frame. Screw into place. Repeat on the other side.

Cut a length of picture hanging wire about twice the width of the frame. Loop it through the D-ring, leaving a 3-4” tail. 

Loop this tail back over the long end, pulling taut, and then back through the D-ring, then under and over the long wire. Pull taut. 

Then tightly wrap the tail 6-7 times around the long wire. Clip the end of the tail off with a wire cutters and use duct tape to tape over the end.

Stretch the long end of the wire up toward the the top center of the frame, stopping about 2-1/2” below the top of the frame. 

Hold it there with your thumb and bring the end of the wire down to the remaining D-ring looping it through, over and under, repeating what you did on the other side. 

Be sure to tape the ends so that it doesn’t accidentally pierce the fingers of the person hanging the art.

Carefully clean the fingerprints that have gotten on the front side and you’re ready to hang!

There are many good videos on YouTube on how to frame a painting - here are a few:

Kids Camp!

CAA and California Watercolor Association (CWA) participated in a kid’s camp event at the Monument Crisis Center in Concord, organized by CAA/CWA member, Sandi Sherwood.

Our artists were warmly welcomed by staff at the center - kudos to the entire group of folks who made this happen!

Members of both associations taught drawing, mixed media, watercolor and encouraged creativity to 54 children, ages 5 to 14. What a day…in a good way! 

The instructors threw everything they had at the excited participants and although everyone was exhausted at the end of the day, everyone left with smiles and…art. 

Blick Art Materials donated brushes to CWA for the event and there was not a dry brush in the bunch by the time we closed the event. A big shout-out to Blick for their generosity and support of our community outreach.

We had a wonderful day. Art instructors/encouragers were:

Mary Frances Crabtree
Janice Davis
Michael Friedland
Carol Husslein
Cathy McNutt
Arlene Molina
Deena Sheranko
Sandi Sherwood


Plein air painting at the Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco was beautiful and challenging for CAA plein air artists - participants included Carol Husslein, Annegret van Gemeren, Renaye Johnson, Barbara Paul, Karen Nakkerud, Anika Ward and Laurie Mansur.

The beautiful surroundings were challenging in respect to the weather, terrain and visitors. But we all persevered, as you can see! 

Member Mary Frances Crabtree decided to paint in a more comfortable space at the California Academy of Sciences, surrounded by happy children and visitors.
We all voted to visit the garden again!


July Mini Art Show

1st Place Tie:  This Little Piggy by Janet Brown  - oil

1st Place Tie:  Waterboarder by Betty McBride  - watercolor

2nd Place:  Japanese Tea Garden by Renaye Johnson  -  acrylic

3rd Place:  Yellow Tulips by Roxi Fechtner  - colored pencil

Kitchen Table Still Life by Cathy McNutt  - acrylic


Concord Arts Alive! Our first entry in the July 4th parade

Ginny and Pat 

Sherrie, Catherine, Sandy and Lynda

CAA joined forces with Solo Opera, B8 Theatre Company, East Bay Artists Guild, aRt Cottage and Wren Avenue Elementary to submit an entry in Concord's July 4th parade. Nearly 50 people from these six organizations marched together to show parade-goers that the arts are alive in Concord! 

CAA led the charge with members wearing art-themed hats and sending cascades of bubbles into the crowd from a yellow VW convertible (aka the duckymobile). More CAA members carried a banner and handed out flyers. Then came members of Solo Opera, singing classic opera songs wearing period fashion. Dance students from Wren Avenue Elementary showed off new moves in traditional Mexican folkloric costumes, and Fro from the aRt Cottage drove several of her students in a crazy, cool and colorful car which they had all painted together, along with paper maché hats and signs. EBAG and B8 anchored the end of our group with their large banners, and the local singing group AcaWord entertained the crowds with their acapella harmonies.

Here's a video of us all together with Solo Opera singers to perform at the Judge's tent and toast the City of Concord on its 150th birthday. We can't wait to do it again next year!