DaGroup paint-outs are every Sunday (or sometimes Saturday). 

Painting times are generally from 11am to 3pm ... refer to schedule below. Critiques will be at the end time, at locations deemed best at the time. Paintout locations are subject to change due to current events and/or weather ... Check this schedule a couple of days before to verify location and obtain more details, such as directions.  Bring a bag lunch. Come and enjoy the day.

Rain cancels

Details are below.


2019 (schedule subject to change; check website before you head out)


11am to 3pm

        Directions from Benicia: South on hwy 680 (12mi); west on hwy 24 (9mi); take first exit after going through Caldecott tunnel toward Tunnel Rd/Caldecott Lane (0.2mi); slight left onto Caldecott Lane (0.1mi); turn left onto Fwy Overpass (374 ft); turn right at the 1st cross street onto Broadway (0.7mi); turn left into signed park entrance (fee) or park outside along Broadway for no fee.

June 16 - Mulholland Hill on Donald Drive in Orinda

11am to 3pm

Directions from Benicia: Take hwy 680 south (12m); then take hwy 24 west (4m); take exit 11 for Acalanes Rd toward Upper Happy Valley Rd, keep right at the fork and merge onto Acalanes Road; continue onto Acalanes Rd (0.9m); turn right onto Glorietta Blvd (1m); turn left onto Rheem Blvd (1m); turn right onto Zander Dr (0.5m); turn right onto Alice Lane (0.4m); turn left onto Donald Dr.

June 23 - Isleton

        Directions: Take hwy 680 north; go east on hwy 80; take hwy 12 East/Rio Vista exit and go east on hwy 12 (about 26 miles); after going over bridge at Rio Vista, turn left onto CA-160/River Road at light (4.5m) ... paint anywhere around town.

June 30 - NINTH ST., BENICIA    

Directions: take hwy 780 Benicia 2nd St exit, go down towards water and take a right onto Military West; turn left onto West 6th street; turn right onto West J street and go to end where park is located. Critique at 3pm above the beach.

July 7 - GRIZZLY PEAK ROAD (overlooking Berkeley)

Directions from Benicia: Take hwy 680 South; take hwy 24 west; take Fish Ranch Road exit (last exit before tunnel) and go right; take a right at stop sign onto Grizzly Peak Road; go about a half mile to wide pull off spot on left with gorgeous view ... paint anywhere along Grizzly Peak Road.

July 14 - VALLEJO WATERFRONT near the ferry landing

Directions: Take hwy 780 west; continue onto Curtola Parkway; Continue onto Mare Island Way. Park where you can by the Ferry Building, and take wheels for your stuff to find your spot.

July 21 - Santa Margarita Island, San Rafael

(no bathrooms)

Directions: From hwy 101 take the N. San Pedro Road exit toward Civic Center; stay on N. San Pedro for about 1/2 mile, and turn left onto Meadow Drive (you’ll see a 7-11 on your right at that intersection); continue on Meadow Drive for about 3 blocks and it will dead end at a foot bridge. Park there, cross the bridge with your stuff and start looking. No dogs permitted — it’s a refuge for the endangered Clapper Rail. If you see one, you win a BIG prize!

July 28 - New Wetland Trail by Bayfront Park, Pinole

Directions from Benicia: Take hwy 780 west, then hwy 80 south toward SF, Take exit 22 for Pinole Valley Road, turn right onto Pinole Valley Road, continue straight onto Tennent Ave, go to end of Tennent Ave for trailhead. (it is where we painted the Fernandez mansion in the past)

August 4 - End of West H Street, Benicia

11am to 3pm

Directions: Take Benicia's E 2nd St exit from hwy 780; go towards water on E 2nd St; take a right onto Military E; take a left onto W 2nd St; take a right onto W H St; go to end. Enjoy the day.

August 11 - Tolay Lake Regional Park

FANTASTIC painting opportunities. There is ample parking and several ports potties. There is a parking fee of $7 unless you have  Sonoma County Parks pass. Park is open daily from 7 AM to sunset. Google maps 38.20542556, -122.5214575

Address: 5869 Cannon Lane, Petaluma. The first part is paved. The last 1/2 mile is gravel. Easy drive. https://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Visit/Tolay-Lake-Regional-Park/

Directions from Benicia: Take hwy 780 west; then north onto hwy 80; then west onto hwy 37 (15.5m); turn right at 2nd light onto Lakeville Hwy (2.2m); turn right on Cannon Road (aka Mangel Ranch Road) just beyond Lakeville Road #2.