Welcome to the Pleasanton Art League!
As a child growing up in Los Angeles, Elisa wished that her huge city could be more like the places in the books that she loved — places where forests grew and seasons changed, where animals talked and anything was possible. She envied those characters who slid down rabbit holes, or visited with Charlotte and Wilbur, or flew with Peter Pan, or floated with Mary Poppins, or journeyed to Oz. “Since I couldn’t actually visit these wonderful worlds (except, of course, by reading), I made small imaginary worlds of my own, using the materials at hand.”
Elisa’s favorite project was an intricate dollhouse in her closet. The house was filled with characters and settings which she fashioned from paper, cloth, clay, nutshells, sea shells, bread dough, even dried apples. She’d lose herself for hours making up stories about these little people and loved to make them treasures from scraps of this and that: a paper doily would become a lace tablecloth; half a walnut shell would be a baby’s cozy cradle; a postage stamp would make a lovely portrait on the wall. Around the dollhouse she painted a mural, a fanciful landscape of forests, fields, mountains, blue skies – the world that I wished to live in.
“I no longer play in a dollhouse, but I’m still making miniature worlds inside my books — inventing characters and giving them stories and settings. And I’m still using scraps to create these worlds. My creative childhood play was the most important preparation for my adult work.”
Elisa still loves creating imaginary worlds but also enjoys drawing real places. Three of the books she has illustrated take place in big U.S. cities. ABUELA, by Arthur Dorros, is set in New York. CITY BY THE BAY, by Tricia Brown, is “a magical journey around San Francisco.” And CITY OF ANGELS, by Julie Jaskol and Brian Lewis, explores her home city of L.A. The life, energy, texture and wealth of detail in cities inspire her collages.
Elisa could sum up her whole career with the following statement. “I write and illustrate picture books because I’ve never outgrown a deep childhood urge to enter a magical world.” www.elisakleven.com
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
“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.” —Georgia O’Keeffe
It seems that everyone loves a Contest. Well, PAL is having a contest that any member of PAL may enter, with the chance to win a $50.00 gift certificate to Way-Up Art and Frame in Livermore.
The Details: PAL’s Annual Members’ Art Show at the Firehouse Art Center, Harrington Gallery is scheduled for November 7 through December 15, 2018. We are looking for a Theme for the show.
What We Need From You: Each PAL member may enter up to three Theme ideas. Your ideas must be mailed to the PAL P. O. Box 23 (see details below) by Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
You should come up with as many as three theme ideas, but no more then three. Your Show Theme ideas do not have to fit to the time of the year of the show or to any seasonal idea or to any holiday, which may fall at that time of the year. Your Show Theme ideas must be creative and original. A sub-committee of the PAL Executive Board will narrow down those Theme Ideas to the top twenty-five ideas. The PAL Executive Board will rate the Final Themes from those submitted.
Submitting Your Theme Ideas: Jot your name, contact information and your Idea/Ideas down on a piece of paper with PAL MEMBERS’ SHOW THEME IDEAS written on the paper and mail it/them by February 28, 2018 to:
Pleasanton Art League/Show Theme Contest, P. O. Box 23, Pleasanton, CA 94566
The winner will be contacted and announced at the PAL/LAA General Meeting at the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Building on Black Ave on March 12, 2018.
George Garbarino, PAL President