Organizers were breathing a sigh of relief. The two dozen or so artists who had turned out to spend the morning hours painting the buildings and grounds of Allied Arts Guild were able to do so without getting wet.
The peekaboo sun and clouds did mean that light on their canvases kept changing, making for on-the-fly adjustments until the cut off time at 1:00 pm. The works would then go on exhibit, with awards handed out at the end of the day.
The plein art paint-out was organized by artists Mary Stahl (pictured above) and Alice Weil, who are co-directors of the Portola Art Gallery, which is located on the grounds of the Guild. “It’s great to have all these artists painting here, some of whom weren’t familiar with the Allied Arts,” said Alice.
Mary explained that the goal of the plein art paint-out was to bring new visitors to the Allied Arts and given them an opportunity to watch and interact with the artists. “It also turns out to be a great way for the artists to meet each other,” she said.
The Portola Art Gallery is currently recruiting new artists to exhibit their works at the gallery. Painters and artists doing three-dimensional work , such as pottery, small sculpture, glass art or jewelry are invited to download an application for membership on the gallery’s website. Applications are due on Friday, Nov. 18; the gallery will jury artwork on Nov. 30.
Top and bottom photos by Scott Loftesness