Welcome to the Pleasanton Art League
PAL & LAA General Meeting
Monday, March 11, 7:30 pm
Pleasanton Cultural Arts Building
4477 Black Ave., Pleasanton
Guest Artist: Usha Shukla
Program: “Paint with Air”
Usha Shukla was born and brought up in New Delhi, India. From early childhood she was fascinated by the outdoors. The vibrant colors of the Indian countryside left a strong impression on her. In 1996 when she moved with her family to San Francisco, California, she found everything different except her interaction with nature. Today, when outdoors, she once more feels the same breath of fresh air that she felt in her childhood, and her past and present become one.
After a visit to the Louvre museum in Paris, Usha found her true passion for art and started her formal art education. She completed her Graduate program at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, focusing on painting. She has participated in several solo and group shows across the west coast and has won many awards. Her work is collected by several private collectors and businesses. She has been selected for a public art commission by the Alameda County Arts Commission. Two lamppost banners of her paintings are currently placed in the Inner Sunset, San Francisco.
Combining her love of nature and passion for art, she paints large abstract paintings in vibrant colors. She has a unique process of mark making: Instead of conventional tools like brushes and palette knives, she moves diluted paint on wood panels using an air blower. Her paintings distill the light, the intense colors, and the constant movement in nature. The final visual is pure, ethereal, and cosmic with no physical references.
Usha will have disposable gloves, aprons and art supplies for people interested in painting with her unique technique. Paint your own small magnets to take away as a gift. Bring a friend or two to this free event. See more of Usha’s work at www.UshaShuklaArt.com.
Free Admission. Bring a Friend!
Message from PAL President Beth Okurowski
This month and last, we are being honored with demos at our joint member’s meeting, from two artists who seem to be in direct communication with their muse. Linda Ryan in February, and Usha Shukla in March. Each artist has a different medium, unique voice, set-up, and technique. Both seem to have found a way to be a listener, and respond in a playful way to what is happening in front of them.
I once had a teacher who would say, “prepare, then let go”. Meaning, make sure you have your supplies, studies, and plan in place, but once those things are settled, you must then give yourself over. “Stop thinking so much”, she would say. Another teacher said, “The judge and the Muse work in tandem, but never at the same time”. The judge makes structural decisions about things like value and proportion. The muse is reactionary, somewhat reckless, and takes chances. As artists, we have both at our disposal but may forget to let one or the other have its turn. In observing these two unique artists at work, we have a great opportunity to learn how they delve in and out of that judgement-muse relationship.
Got Art? Join the Art Circuit!
As a member of PAL, you are eligible to participate in PAL’s Art Circuit and display your artwork in local businesses. The PAL Art Circuit is a wonderful opportunity for artists, businesses, and the public to come together and appreciate the artwork of the Pleasanton Art League members.
Currently there are six teams with 29 members in the Circuit. We have had sales and it’s a good opportunity for exposure. There are a total of seven locations including the new location at Bank of America in Downtown Pleasanton. Artwork is hung for three months at each location. Change-out days are on the third Thursday of January, April, July, and October. Each team moves its work from its current location to its new location.
If you are interested in joining the PAL Circuit or know of any businesses that would like our artwork exhibited in their location, please contact Chairperson Usha Shukla at UshaArtMail@yahoo.com or call at 925 922-1775.
Attention All PAL Members
Membership Renewal and Method you Receive your Portfolio
At the December meeting of the PAL Board, it was decided that members wishing to receive their Portfolio by US Mail would pay an annual subscription fee of $15.00. Members who wish to receive their Portfolio by email will continue to receive their copy free.
This Portfolio (January) will be the last US Mail Portfolio you will receive unless you renew your membership and include the correct fee along with your dues renewal. Please make sure when renewing that you check the appropriate box showing your preference for receiving your Portfolio. (It is under “Membership Type.”) Download the 2019 Membership Renewal form here and mail the completed form and your dues check to the address shown on the renewal form.
Gallery Members, please remember to renew your Gallery page.
PAL Board Vacancies
Help us find nominees here.
Upcoming General Meetings
April 8 – Wendy McDermott, Artist & Educator. Program at Bothwell, Livermore.
May 13 – Dirk Christiansen, owner of Studio 7 Arts in Pleasanton will give a talk about galleries. Cultural Arts Building, Pleasanton
June 10 – Laura Marion, a painter from Livermore now based in LA. Bothwell, Livermore.
July-August – Summer Break
September 9 (tentative date) –LAA & PAL Potluck & Social
October 14th – Artist show and tell, with an emphasis on getting our newer members to participate. Cultural Arts Building, Pleasanton.
November 11 – LAA Program, TBA.
General Meeting Locations
Regardless of location, all General Meetings of PAL & LAA are intended for members of both groups! Please take the short drive between Livermore and Pleasanton. The more the merrier!
Bothwell Arts Center
2466 8th Street
Cultural Arts Building
4455 Black Avenue, Pleasanton
Our Meetings are Always Open & Free to the Public. Bring a Friend.