January 14th PAL/LAA General Meeting
Two time PAL Los Positas Scholarship winner Aisha Gracie Moniz de Aragao Faria showed her work and talked about her process. She is now a student at UC Berkeley.
PAL President’s Message January 2019 From Beth Okurowski
I would like to thank you all ahead of time for having me as PAL’s president this year. It is a humbling honor. I began my PAL membership in 1998 (took a few years off when my kids were little) and have served on the board under many respect-
worthy Presidents. My favorite role so far has been as Scholarship Chairperson. I served on PCAC’s board in the early 2000s, and was part of the Pleasanton Downtown Pubic Art Task Force in 2007.
I grew up in Michigan, and began my formal art education at the University of Michigan, where I received my bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, then an MFA in medical and biological illustration, (also from U of M). I’ve worked as a medical illustrator, graphic designer, and as an art editor for Wadsworth Publishing Company in Belmont, CA for their science books (I am a total science nerd!). I like to paint in oils, love my garden, swim and hike to keep me moving, and study projective dream work (ask me sometime).
Lastly, please come to our board meetings and be a part of the decision making. For me, it enriches the whole PAL experience. We also have a couple of board positions that need to be filled. If you like to give away money and art supplies to people who are eternally grateful, then the Scholarship Chairperson job may be for you! I will train you and give as much assistance as you would like. Send me an email: email@example.com.
Looking forward to working together this year, Beth Okurowski
10th Annual Members’ Art Show
The Tenth Annual Members’ Art Show was kicked off with an Artist’s Reception in the Firehouse’s Harrington Gallery Thursday evening, November 8 – theme this year “Hues and Textures.” Jean Vodden, artist and instructor in watercolor and oils judged the show.
Show Chair Pat Smith’s report: “Another successful show at the Firehouse Art’s Center–all due to the 83 wonderful pieces of art work and the many artists who helped at receiving, the reception and volunteered to work at the Gallery during the show. I personally will attest to the fact that “many hands make a light load”. Thank you; you are all an amazing group to work with and you make this show. Show ran until December 15.
Our Judge, Jeanne Vodden, was very impressed with the show and made the following remark “Congratulations to all the artists who entered. It was a privilege to judge and view your work. And congratulations to all the award winners”.”
George Garbarino, PAL President, presented awards to the many talented winners.
Charles Sediak provided music. Thanks to Julie Finegan, Visual Arts Coordinator, Harrington Gallery. Thanks to Pat Smith, Show chair, and to Lynda Briggs and Dorothy Maestas who organized refreshments. Thank you Linda Garbarino for the wonderful pictures.
Member’s Show Merit Awards:
- Peggy Magovern, “Carol”
- Marna McEnery, “Speak Out”
- Bill Potter, “Structured White”
- Ron Rigge, “Rust”
- Ranjini Venkatachari, “Hatsukoi – First Love”
Member’s Show Honorable Mentions:
- Marge Barta Atkins, “Hidden Figures”
- Lynda Briggs, “Cricket”
- Alan Yu Fong, “Abstract #1”
- Linda Gardarino, “Heading Home”
- Michelle Hou, “Enchantment”
- Jen Huber, “The Ice Berg”
- Rekha Joshi, “Nature”
- Larry Lagin, “B.K. Ride in S.F.”
- Loreta Landucci, “Side Kicks”
- Jan Loomis, “Untitled”
- Anuradha Rajkumari, “Rocky Land”
- Carolyn Rowe, “Birch Bark”
- Shoba Sivakolundu, “Lisbon: A Street Scene”
- Joanne Spurr, “Magical Moment”
- Norma Webb, “Toward Evening”
PAL’s Paint Pleasanton 2018
The Pleasanton Art League hosted its first competitive Plein-Air Competition the weekend of September 21st – 23rd titled “Paint Pleasanton 2018”, in front of the Museum on Main Street. Artists from Fremont to Benicia were invited to participate. Fifteen artists positioned themselves around town, painting many of our historic old buildings. Favorites were the Museum on Main Street, Kottinger’s Barn, the old gas station on Main Street, Gay Nineties Pizza, the old trees lining the walkway in front of the City Library, the Lighthouse Church, a home on Neal Street, the new Cubby dog park, Pleasanton Jewelers, and the Pleasanton Ridge to name a few.
The quality of the work was impressive.Three works were sold: “Lighthouse Church” by Dennis Baker, “Classical Gas” by Michelle George and“Neal Street” by Nancy Roberts.Mark Mertens (judge) awarded First Place to Maureen Morley for her watercolor “Museum on Main Street”. Second Place went to Beth Okurowski for her oil painting of the Museum on Main Street. Beth, a PAL BOD member, graciously asked that the award be passed on to another painter. Her award was given to Alka Vaidya for “Top of the World”, and Honorable Mention was awarded to Sara Braun for“Dog Park”.
A big thank you goes out to our volunteers: Shoba Sivakilundu, Alka Vaidya, Barbara Blissert , and Hope Garay. They were on site Friday evening and early Saturday morning to help with registration. Thanks also to Russ Hostetter for taking all the event photos. Special thanks go to the Plein-Air team: Lorraine Wells, Beth Okurowski, Linda Hopwood, Pat Smith, Ritu Ahluwalia and George Garbarino who worked quickly and tirelessly to bring this event to fruition. They made it fun and deserve more than a thank you from me. If you were thinking about painting Plein Air this year but couldn’t due to conflicting obligations, join us next year for a repeat performance.
Diana Hostetter, Vice President, PAL
PCAC’s YEA (Youth Excellence in Arts) Awards: PAL/LAA member, Beth Okurowski was one of two judges who awarded prizes to three high school students at PCAC’s (Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council) YEA awards in music and the visual arts. Visual arts winners received the Phyllis and Bill Wentworth Awards in visual arts: $1,000 for first place, $500 for second, and $300 for 3rd place. The contest chair was PCAC’s co-president, Dave Wright. The students were ages 14-18, and from all three of Pleasanton’s high schools. The contest took place at The Parkview Assisted Living Facility on Sunday, September 30th. Many of the residents of Parkview, as well as parents enjoyed the music in the main lobby as the young musicians played at what seemed to be at a level way above their young ages. The visual art portion was equally impressive. Artists entered three pieces each and had to give a 5-10-minute presentation about their work. Beth was impressed with the skill level of these young artists, and how maturely they presented. Many of the artists had very well-developed concepts and were able to tell us about their inspiration and process. Total prizes for the entire event equaled $3,600.
Free Art Lessons presented by Museum on Main and PAL
“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” Francis of Assisi
One of PAL’s Goals for the 2018-year was to bring information about art and art lessons to the Pleasanton community. The PAL Executive Board began a spring program partnering with the Museum on Main to present free art lessons in conjunction with our artists’ demonstrations. We reserved four Saturdays during the showing of our PAL & MoM art exhibit entitled “Imagination Expressed 2018”, to present free art lessons to the public. Our focus was on the youth to capture their interest in art. We were very successful with that goal and many of the children returned more than once bringing friends to participate in these free art lessons. Parents were very appreciative and often joined in the art activities. We see this as a very positive way to encourage art within the community.
This program began in April with Linda Garbarino’s lesson on “Portraiture and the Proportions of the Face”. She also presented a very successful art demo on: “Colored Pencils on Various Paper Surfaces”. She was surprised that some of the children from her portraiture lesson came to that demo to learn more about drawing the face. I taught a guided watercolor lesson to many children and their parents. They worked on a still life and learned how to set up a composition. Charlotte Severin conducted a wonderful plein air watercolor demo. Eugenia Zobel presented a demo of her beautiful porcelain painting. George, Linda and PAL executive board member, Dorothy Maestas, co-presented a free lesson on “Torn Paper Mosaics”. Our final art lesson was by PAL Executive Board Member and Scholarship Chair, Beth Okurowski, presented a lesson on “Drawing and Painting with Water-soluble Crayons”. Parents have been very excited about the lessons and have enjoyed participating with their children.
The museum kept a count of the participants at each lesson and art demonstration. We served over one hundred fifty attendees for all of these events.
Thank you to the PAL Executive Board and the PAL Membership and a special thanks to Diana Hostetter, PAL’s Vice-President for always being available to help with setup, PAL Membership Forms, supplies and take down for our lesson offerings. Finally, our thanks to the staff at the Museum on Main: Jim, Ken and Sarah for great help and support. MoM Education Director, Sarah Shaffer, developed great on-line and paper advertisements and exterior signage for each of these sessions and was an outstanding support person throughout each art lesson and demonstration. – George Garbarino, PAL President
PAL Alviso Adobe 2018 Show
PAL’s Annual Alviso Adobe Art Show was held March 2, 3 and 4 at the Alviso Adobe Community Park in Pleasanton.
A hearty thanks goes to all the volunteers who worked this event, especially the set up crews – John Trimingham, Ron Rigge, Pat Smith, Linda Garbarino, George Garbarino and Chris Bourg – and Diana Hostetter who set a table for us of food and drink at the Reception.
- Maryann Kot, colored pencil, My Eco Garden
- Ranjini Venktachari, colored pencil, Let There Be Light
- Usha Shukla, oil, Yarrow 02
Five artists received Honorable Mention awards and $20 gift cards to Way Up Art:
- George Garbarino, colored photograph, Broken Window
- Norma Webb, oil, Oaks and Poppies
- Alka Vaidya, watercolor, Field of Dreams
- Don Cresswell, colored photograph,Tuscan Tomato
- Maclyn Pons, watercolor, Autumn Leaves