Welcome to the Pleasanton Art League!
PAL & LAA General Meeting
Monday, May 9, 2016, 7:30 pm
at the Pleasanton Location (see maps below)
Program: Hands on Clay Portraits with Lorna Stevens
Plan on a fun meeting where everyone has the opportunity to create a self portrait in clay! Lorna Stevens will guide us in the subject of Expressive Clay Portraits: What makes a portrait memorable instead of a mere likeness? We will explore this question while we review the basics of working with air dry clay, the proportions of the face and head, and effective portrait modelling techniques.
You will make a small clay head of yourself (with the help of a mirror and/or sel es) or a subject of your choosing (bring
multiple views of this person’s head to the meeting). The presentation will also include an image presentation of noteworthy portrait sculpture, a group critique and documentation of your work. Air dry clay will be provided, but please bring clay tools (if you have them), and a small box (such as a milk carton) to transport your work.
Meeting presenter Lorna Stevens is a mixed media artist from San Francisco. She received her MFA from Columbia University and teaches collage and sculpture at City College of
San Francisco. Her work has been acquired by the Brooklyn Museum, di Rosa, the New York Public Library, the Numakunai Sculpture Garden, and the SF MOMA Research Library.
Bothewell Arts Center
2466 8th Street,
Cultural Arts Building
4455 Black Avenue, Pleasanton
Message from the PAL President
We should all be able to take a deep breath and relax now that most of our organization’s shows have come and gone. I congratulate all of you who entered these shows, volunteered, and attended the receptions. Hopefully, by now we’ll have assurance that the Artist Flea Market was again well-attended and all were happy with sales and purchases. We will have held our workshop with Susan Cornelis, which was generating lots of excitement with many artists.
Our joint PAL/LAA show will be hanging at the Bankhead now. I thank all of you who entered this first time show. I know it was a stretch to enter as that show followed on the heels of the Livermore’s Spring Art Show. The reception is on June 5th, so please put that date on your calendar.
Many of these shows were juried and/or judged, and not every piece of art is able to receive an award. Keep in mind the attitude that Georgia O’Keefe had. If you are true to yourself and believe in your art, criticism and flattery will not affect you one way or the other.
Speaking of art shows, Beth Okurowski is helping Village High students with a first time art show. We have new things in store for our awards and scholarship funds. So, please look for the information about what our Scholarship Committee is doing elsewhere in the Portfolio.
Finally, keep in mind that we will be voting on our updated By-laws at our May General Meeting. Only PAL members are able to vote, so please make an effort to attend and be part of these new and improved changes. We promise to keep this part of the meeting as short as possible, so there will be plenty of time for our demonstration!
Thanks again to you all,