Public Art Project - Downtown Utility Boxes

From left:  Patti St. Denis and Renaye Johnson (CAA Board), Lynn Koellermeier (Signature d-Sign), Justin Ezell (City of Concord), Susan Pace-Koch (CAA Board)

We're so proud and excited to formally announce a new community collaboration between CAA and the City of Concord - we're painting and vinyl-wrapping eleven utility boxes around Todos Santos Plaza with local artists' work. Visit our Call for Artists page for all the details.

Artists who are planning to submit their work tour the Plaza to look at the utility boxes

We recently hosted an Artist Orientation at the Plaza to take a walking tour to see the boxes and familiarize interested artists with the project's criteria. We had a great turnout and we're looking forward to seeing everyone's submissions!

The submission period is April 20, 2019 through May 10, 2019. Visit our Call for Artists page to review all the details and submit your application online, pay the submission fee, and email your concept images.


Our trip to Old Borges Ranch

It was a gorgeous day for our first plein air outing at Old Borges Ranch! We had a great time basking in the beautiful sunshine and painting the beauty around us.

We were welcomed by an assortment of barnyard animals, deer roaming the lush green hills and historic subjects to photograph, paint and enjoy. 

Our next outing will be on Friday, April 12 at Heather Farms in Walnut Creek. Meet us at the gazebo at 10am.

Click here to download our 2019 Plein Air Schedule.

March Mini Art Show

1st place - Sirens & Sardines by Michele Brown

2nd place - Light House by Renaye Johnson

3rd place - Lower Falls, Yosemite by Julie Limberg

Honorable Mention - Napping in the Den by Cathy McNutt

Rain by Barbara Nebeker

Plein Air Painting Check List

The Gardens at Heather Farm

It can be easy to get carried away with shopping when trying something new like plein air painting. Below you will find a very basic list of art supplies that will help you get through your first outing without dragging you down. Remember...less is more!
  • Easel with small canvas or a sketchbook (depending on the medium)
  • 4-8 paint brushes
  • Paints
  • Small palette box (for watercolor)
  • Palette knife (for oil/acrylic)
  • Solvent or mediums (for oil/ acrylic)
  • Paper towels or wet wipes
  • Cloth rag for cleaning off brushes
  • Container of water 
  • Pencils and eraser 

Don't forget these essentials as well:
  • Hat and sunglasses 
  • Bug spray & sunscreen 
  • Trash bag
  • Tote bag to carry everything
  • Layered clothing
  • Snacks and beverage 
  • Folding chair 
  • Cell phone with camera

Differences in lighting due to time and weather can make or break a painting, whether you're inside or outside. Make sure you're aware of your light source to get the best possible outcome for your plein air paintings. 

Consider whether you are in direct sunlight, or is it overcast, is it night time with street lights? How fast is the light changing or moving, what direction is it coming from?  

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming plein air adventure! 
Click here to download our 2019 schedule.