Welcome to the Pleasanton Art League!
LAA & PAL General Meeting
Monday, June 13, 2016, 7:30 pm
at the Bothwell Arts Center (see maps below)
Program by Pam Brekas
“Get Your Groove Back”
At some time in every creative person’s life, a dry spell hits and you feel blocked. Find some ways to get your groove back and head forward with new energy. Gardnerville Nevada artist/ photographer Pam Brekas will explore ways to use what you have already created in different ways. She’ll possibly open your eyes to some new materials to incorporate or try. See how you can get involved on a local or national level with your art, and creatively use your computer and printer. Lots of ideas will be shared.
Pam Brekas spent 35 years teaching high school art and English in Livermore before retiring in 2005 and moving back to Nevada. After building an art studio in their new home, Pam reinvented herself into a full-time art professional.
She is active in the Northern Nevada art scene, showing her work in galleries in California and Nevada. She has won over 200 awards in the past 12 years for her art and photography, including a Sierra Arts Fellowship and two Nevada Art Council Jackpot grants. 2015 gave her a best of show in the professional art division of the Nevada State Fair.
Pam is always continuing to push the envelope to see what the art world has to offer, experimenting with new materials and methods all the time. She teaches acrylic painting workshops and is a teaching artist on cruise ships around the world, which helps with her wanderlust. Her love of life, art and adventure keep her wondering what she will do when she grows up. www.pambrekas.com.
Bothwell Arts Center
2466 8th Street
Cultural Arts Building
4455 Black Avenue, Pleasanton
Message from the PAL President
We had a very successful General Meeting on Monday, May 9th. The rst area of business was to pass our newly drafted By-Laws. All the hard work that Linda & George Garbarino, Gina Kaiper and John Trimingham put in to update them was well-received. Many kudos to you all! If anyone wants copies of the new By-Laws, please let any one of us know.
Our Joint PAL/LAA Show “Feeling Good: Art of Local Artists” is hanging at the Bankhead Theater lobby through June 27th. The lobby is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:00 to 6:00 pm so you can stop in at any time to view the show. Please plan to attend the reception on June 5th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and invite your family and friends.
We also had a fascinating class in clay at our Joint General Meeting on May 9th. Not all of us had experience in using clay, but Lorna Stevens was an exciting and fun teacher as she led us through the process of making a self-portrait. I have to give applause to those who worked through their resistance which comes from working in a new medium. I found it was too much of a challenge in class for me, so I brought my lump of clay home and sculpted a self-portrait the next day. Not as much fun as doing it was in class, but “simply doing things” is one good way to get through one’s resistance, without regard for the outcome.
Please find more information in the exhibits tab to the right about the awards that were given to five Las Positas students. Our Scholarship Committee also help Village High School students to put on their first show at the Senior Center on May 16th. If you’d like to be part of any of our student related projects or have ideas of your own you’d like to see implemented, please let any of us Board members know!
Welcome all new PAL Members! Be sure to note the dates for our PAL Member’s Show in September at the Firehouse Arts Center. Now is the time to start thinking about what piece to enter.