Welcome to the Pleasanton Art League!
LAA & PAL General Meeting
Monday, June 12, 7:30 pm – Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th Street, Livermore
John Tinger will explore the ancient and contemporary art of batik. For thousands of years, batik has employed a technique of wax resist and dye to create beautiful & unique patterns on cloth. We will review batik applications and see examples from around the world (India, Africa, Indonesia) as well as contemporary designs. In his latest work, he has begun to bring his engineering background more to the forefront, using mixed media to create three-dimensional structural and truss components to layer over the batik. Additionally, in his continued study of the human form, he explores the motion of dancers, aerial artists, and workmen through the objects that connect these people in their activities.
John appreciates batik for its random results – the mixture of waxes, dyes, and fabric texture which create endless combinations of effects that are only revealed at the nal step. “For me, the art form is an excuse to use vibrant colors and simple shapes to produce complex designs, without having to worry too much about the details – there are no “mistakes” in batik, and the drips, cracks and dye spills are all part of the creative process.”
John is an Oakland based artist, studied batik at the Intendencia Municipal del Florida in Uruguay and has been doing batik for almost 20 years. An experienced lecturer, he is a NEA & DC Commission of the Arts grant recipient, and has shown in many gallery settings across the country.
All LAA and PAL General Meetings are free and open to the public.
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
PAL President’s Message:
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” ― Edgar Degas
Have you ever had a teacher or a friend who was an inspiration or a mentor to you? I have. I was one of only four Art majors in high school in a graduating class of 420 seniors. As an art student I got to know and study with a true Renaissance man. In my four years of high school I had Ray Lorenzato as my teacher all four
of those years. Mr. Lorenzato was a fantastic teacher and friend. I learned to draw like an apprentice to a great artist; I learned human anatomy as a freshman, ceramics as a sophomore, sculpture as a junior and advanced drawing and watercolors as a senior
with only fifteen students in my advanced senior class, which was unheard of in 1961. Ray Lorenzato was a knowledgeable and caring teacher to all of his students and we learned something new and exciting every day in his classes.
At that time in my life, I was studying to become an architect, but along the way I fell in love with art, because of Ray, I drifted away from drafting and architectural drawing and became a full time art student and an art major in a time when art majors were few and far between.
Because of Ray Lorenzato my whole life changed. I majored in Fine Arts in college and got my teaching credentials in Art Education. I owe this decision to Ray Lorenzato. I think of him fondly every time I pick up a pencil to draw or a brush to paint. Because of Ray I had a wonderful career as a Fine Arts teacher for 35 years. And, hopefully, I was as inspiring to at least a few of my students as Ray was to me.
Many Bay Area artists credit Ray Lorenzato as being an inspiration and mentor, just as I do.
George Garbarino, PAL President