Welcome to the Pleasanton Art League!
PAL & LAA General Meeting
October 10, 7:30 pm,
Cultural Arts Building, 4455 Black Avenue, Pleasanton
Program: Artists’ Round Robin
PAL and LAA artists enter their wonderful art works at many of our annual shows, and receive recognition for their entries. However, our artists seldom have an opportunity to discuss their works with others in a sit down situation. Our experience tells us that discussing our works with other artists presents an opportunity for great insights, in addition to getting feedback, support and inspiration from fellow artists.
We will devote our October general meeting to just share and discuss! Feel free to bring one piece of your work to share. We will go around the room and ask you to spend 2 minutes showing and talking about your piece, for example: medium, title, approaches, and thoughts. If you are comfortable, ask for suggestions to resolve problems encountered from the room. Those who offer feedback is asked to keep it respectful and constructive.
Lisa Rigge, our PAL President will be the facilitor of the Round Robin. We hope to see you all there! Please come and share your art with each other.
Bothwell Arts Center
2466 8th Street
Cultural Arts Building
4455 Black Avenue, Pleasanton
Message from the PAL President
As we come to the end of the year, I want to give our members a recap of PAL and all that it does and what makes it work. As I hope you all know, PAL supports the arts in our community. With LAA, we give free artist demonstrations 9 times a year, which are open to the public. For many years we have awarded art students at Las Positas Community College with a $1000 scholarship (which could go to one student, or be split between two). Last year we changed things and awarded five students with a $200 dollar award at their Spring Art Show. This year, we were also able to support Village High School, which basically has no art budget, with supplies and free art lessons, and we helped them put on their first student show. Finally, we were approached by PCAC to help with the YMCA summer art program, which PAL and LAA aided in making it a success.
For our artists, we have three major art shows each year: The Firehouse Arts Center Members’ Show, the Museum on Main Show, and the Adobe Alviso Show. We also have our Workshops, in which PAL hires a professional artist to come in and give the workshop at the Firehouse Arts Center 3-4 times a year. Finally, we have an Artist Flea Market each year in which artists can sell their no longer needed supplies and/or discounted cards and art.
All of these events do come at a cost to PAL. One of the major costs is our storage unit at Cube Storage which houses PAL’s racks, cloth covers, banners, etc. which we use to put on our shows. A second cost is the rental cost for renting the room at the Cultural Arts Center where we hold our General Meetings, and rental costs at the Firehouse Arts Center where we hold our three yearly workshops. In addition, we pay our General Meeting Demonstrators, our Workshop Instructors, and our judges for two shows. The next major cost is our Portfolio, in which we send out hard copies to members who request them, and to businesses and other art organizations in the community.
We rely on your dues to cover most of these existing expenses. Our dues haven’t been raised in years, yet our costs rise each year due to inflation alone. The Board is continually trying to find ways to cut costs, make jobs easier for its volunteers by using technology more effectively. Three examples are: Eventbrite, where people can sign up for our workshops, Sign-Up Genius, where people can sign up to volunteer at our shows, and our online banking system where we can now set up and send reimbursement checks electronically.
Before we head into next year, we will elect a new President and Vice President who will continue to look for ways to improve the way PAL works. As always, we look for members’ suggestions and ideas. As your President for the last three years, I am grateful for all that our Board and other volunteers have accomplished in that time.