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Plein Air brings art to the Plaza, beyond

Brush in-hand, Joshua Clare frowns at his canvas. His eyes jump quickly between the strokes of paint and the Mission San Francisco Solano across the street – he’s not satisfied.

“This is really small, I’m having a hard time because this (canvas) is so stupidly small,” Clare laughs. He prefers to work in bigger format, but with only an hour-and-a-half to finish his piece at Tuesday night’s Quick Draw on the Plaza, he had to work small to get it done in time. In less than an hour, his piece will be put up for sale, alongside dozens of other artist’s paintings of scenes from the farmers market and Plaza.

Clare is one of 36 juried artists selected to take part in Sonoma’s annual Plein Air Festival, which included the Quick Draw on Tuesday.

After that, artists spent the week capturing whatever Sonoma scene they’re drawn to paint. For the benefit of arts education programs, all of the artwork created during the week will be available for purchase during the art sale and fair this Saturday, Sept. 21, on the Plaza.

Clare, 31, admits it’s difficult to decide which part of Sonoma to paint.


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