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Art Between the Lines


Dates: April 29 – July 8, 2018

Location: Peninsula Art Museum, Burlingame, CA

Call for Entries: Open to members of the San Francisco Chapter of the California Art Club. Please submit up to 3 works on Online Juried Shows. Click HERE to submit.

Subject Matter: The exhibition is UN-themed! We are looking for great works from our artists in the San Francisco Chapter of the California Art Club. Please submit work that best represents your style, whereas, subject matter may range from landscapes and still lives to figurative and sculptural work.

Opening Reception with Artists: Sunday, April 29, 2018; 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Contact: California Art Club Exhibition Coordinator Bethany Lamonde at 626-583-9009 or

Monterey Chapter Demonstration – David Gallup

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Carmel Visual Arts invites CAC members to enjoy an evening demonstration with CAC Signature Artist David Gallup who will paint a live gold fish in a glass bowl. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information or to register visit
Carmel Visual Arts, email Rich Brimer, or call Carmel Visual Arts at 831.620.2955.

Carmel Visual Arts, 3728 The Barnyard, Studio G23, Carmel, CA 93923

Karl Dempwolf Plein Air Workshop

Cost: $425 CAC Members/$450 Non-members

March 7-9, 2018

Debra Huse Gallery
Newport Beach, CA


Please contact either Karl Dempwolf at (818)-314-1226 or or Debra Huse at 949-723-6171 or to sign up.

REGISTER YOUR SPOT TODAY! Enrollment is limited.

Image: Karl Dempwolf, California, Oil laid down on wood panel, 9″ x 12″

CAC Signature Artist Karl Dempwolf will be teaching a Plein Air Workshop in the Newport Beach area focusing on smaller on-location studies. This three-day workshop will take place outdoors, so participants should bring plein air easels/supplies.
Canvas size should not exceed 11″ x 14.”

In case of rain, an indoor option will be provided. If this happens, participants may bring larger paintings to work on. The workshop will not be cancelled due to rain.

Master Artist Workshop with Alexey Steele

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Cost: $425 CAC Members/$475 Non-members (includes $25 model fee)

Location: Steele Studios in Carson, CA

RSVP: Contact the CAC at 626.583.9009.

Limited to 14 participants.


In this 3-day head study intensive, Alexey will do morning lectures on crucial importance of drawing for a painter and demonstration on the use of his principles and approaches. After lunch break, students will work on their own with personal guidance and tutelage from Alexey.

Alexey will be using Cretacolor Sepia leads and Fabriano soft press paper.

Following the tradition of Russian Imperial Academy, Alexey Steele believes in the unbreakable unity of Form, Tone and Color. Drawing has always occupied a special place in the Russian Academic Tradition, celebrated particularly for its achievements in painting. The vital importance of acquiring critical drawing skills for successful painting is often underrepresented within a multitude of workshops or sporadic live-drawing classes on which the US art students have to rely on for their representational art education in absence of an adequate and systematic academic fine arts programs. This imbalance creates a noticeable void in the depth of artistic understanding and representation.

There are two major areas that the Art of Drawing addresses and which are critical to painting. The drawing as it was practiced within Russian Academic tradition describes the connection between the Form and the Tonality while the full command of the tonality enables connection to Color. In this drawing workshop Alexey Steele will describe these two critical junctures and will concentrate on the connection of Form to Tonality.

Alexey will describe his own process as well as his personal necessities for drawing as an important tool in his continuous search for new expressiveness in painting.

Alexey will give a systematic and holistic overview of principles that, strangely enough, not only often thought of as “separate”, but even sometimes perceived as incompatible. This separation often leads to a range of expressive limitations in finished works.

The workshop is designed to share with students, advanced or beginners, a set of critical principles Alexey is using in his own work and encourage practices that will enable students to gain a grasp of key fundamental principles that will enable them to unlock their own artistic approaches most fitting their own aesthetic preferences.

About the Artist:

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 19, 1967, Alexey Steele began his art training at an early age in the studio of his father, renowned Russian artist Leonid Steele. He furthered his professional education at the prestigious Surikov Moscow State Academy Art Institute, studying under internationally acclaimed artist Ilya Glazunov. In 1990, Steele moved to Los Angeles where he still resides as he paints large-scaled figurative murals, commissioned portraits, and California plein air landscapes inspired by the classical color palette of the Moscow School.

Two of Steele’s unique grand-scaled mural commissions include The Circle, figurative composition with a diameter of 31 feet, and the slightly smaller allegorical work, The Soul of the Hero. Among Steele’s numerous exhibitions are two that were held at the Fleischer Museum of Art in Scottsdale, Arizona, titled Russian Treasures and Two Generations of Artists: Leonid and Alexey Steele. A Solo exhibition of Steele’s work was shown in 2005 at the Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, California; titled Outside Constraints. In addition, his work has been featured in exhibitions at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana, California;Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles; Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California; Pasadena Historical Museum, Pasadena, California; Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, California; Phippen Museum, Prescott, Arizona; University of Arkansas Fine Arts Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas; and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles.

Steele is a Signature Member of the California Art Club and was the recipient of the Silver Medal for the 1994 California Discovery Award. In 1996, he co-founded the Annual Russian Heritage Festival, which continued to be presented at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano in Southern California until 2005. In 2010 Steele received the Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Award for Best Painting from the California Art Club’s 99th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition held at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Mentor Monday – Marcia Burtt


Cost: $30.00 for Associate Artists

Participants are to bring three paintings to be critiqued.

Call the office at 626.583.9009 to book.

Marcia Burtt graduated from UC Berkeley focusing in
pre-med, psychology, and art and earned a Masters in Art from the University of Montanna. Burtt is a founding member of two groups that protect California’s agriculture, wilderness, and public lands. Through exhibitions with The Oak Group and SCAPE over the last 25 years she
has helped to preserve dozens of endangered places. Burtt is drawn to color and light and how they form changing abstract patterns throughout the day. She uses bold, expressive brush strokes and focuses with great intensity on every subtle changing of light. This information, and more, can be
found on her website.

Image: Marcia Burtt, Silver Light, Acrylic
30″ x 36″

Usually on the first Monday of each month, a CAC Signature Artist Member meets with groups of five Associate Artists to provide insightful and constructive feedback about their work. We hope that this small intimate setting will provide a forum for artists to learn from critiques of each others’ work as well as their own.

Because we want to accommodate as many members as possible, members may only participate in Mentor Mondays once in a six month period. For example, if you take part in the November 2015 session, you would not be eligible to sign up again until May 2016.

Important: Mentor Mondays always fill up very quickly, with a waiting list for each session. If you need to cancel for any reason once you have confirmed your spot, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer your spot to someone else.

Palm Springs Chapter Paint/Sculpt-Out – Coachella Preserve

Paint at the gorgeous preserve – palms, mountains and more! Bring your lunch. Artists can stay and paint until dark if they like.

Venue: Coachella Valley Preserve (Meet in the parking lot)

Cost: Free

Who: All CAC Members and Friends!

DIRECTIONS: Take Hwy. 10 to Ramon Road. Turn east on Ramon and drive for approximately 6 miles, then turn north on Thousand Palms Canyon Road. Travel for about 4 miles – the entrance is on the left-hand side of the road.

Image: Dennis Ziemienski, The Sunset in Coachella Valley, Oil on canvas 32″ x 36″

For more information, contact Chapter Co-Chair Elaine Mathews (760) 328-4911, or Email Chapter Volunteer Richard Calderhead

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CAC Office Closed for Labor Day

Paint/Sculpt-Out with TRAC2015

Join the CAC and The Representational Art Conference 2015 for a special Paint-Out on Ventura Pier to kick off the TRAC2015 conference!

You are invited to paint with, or watch, some of the top plein air painters in the nation.

Featuring Master Artists: TBD

Following the Paint Out, CAC Paint-Out participants are invited to attend the TRAC2015 President’s Reception at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Aqua Lounge, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (complimentary hors d’oeuvres, no host bar and live music).

A TRAC2015 Sunday Day Pass Available for $85
Includes: Opening Reception hosted by Cal Lutheran President Chris Kimball, off site trip to Carnegie Art Museum plus shows by John Nava and Pamela Wilson including artist talks, demonstrations by Mario Andre Robinson, Alicia Ponzio, Nan Liu, Max Ginsburg.

For information, contact Shannon McMillan, Arts Administration at
California Lutheran University, (805) 493-3452 or

Contact the CAC Office for a special CAC member discount code for 10% off a Full Pass for TRAC2015. 626.583.9009

Parking is available in the Pier Parking Structure.

Click here for more information about TRAC2015.

San Diego Paint/Sculpt-Out – Painters’ Point

Venue: Painter’s Point

Eucalyptus Groves near UCSD


Eligibility: Open to all CAC members and their friends!


From North Torrey Pines Road at UCSD, turn west on La Jolla Shores Drive, then right on Horizon Way.

Event fee: Free

Details/Parking: The San Diego Chapter is hosting their Quarterly Paint-Out on Saturday, September 12th at “Painters’ Point.” This is a great spot facing west with views of the coastline through eucalyptus trees.
With beautiful trees, pathways, and the ocean, this place has been a painter’s favorite for many years. It is also fabulous spot in the late afternoon as the sun sets if you choose to return after lunch. No restrooms.

For more information, contact: Scottie Brown, 619.813.8050

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