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Welcome to the Pleasanton Art League

PAL & LAA General Meeting

Monday, October 9, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

Pleasanton Cultural Arts Building, 4477 Black Avenue

Guest Artist :  Jan Loomis

Hosted by the Pleasanton Art League


Many of you may know Jan Loomis for her work as an abstract artist but did you know that she is also an award-winning sugar artist?

Jan’s specialty is replicating flowers, leaves, and berries by turning powdered sugar into a dough.  Working in her hands, she stretches the dough to a paper-thin consistency and begins cutting, forming, veining and drying each petal and leaf.  This process can take up to three days for completion of a single flower which turns into a realistic, botanically correct edible work of art. She applies edible dyes and powders that transform the sugar as it takes on the colors and shadows seen in nature.

Born and raised in Monterey, California, Jan has spent her lifetime pursuing various arts. The beauty that surrounded her growing up has been her continued inspiration.  She was first attracted to the sugar arts over 45 years ago, when her cousin sent her home with a piping bag, icing tip and cake decorating book.  From there she was on her own, experimenting and creating.  Over time she discovered the remarkable floral sugar work of Alan Dunn, Ron Ben Israel and Robert Hayes. She was so drawn to their realism, colors and exotic creations that her work took a dramatic turn, and she founded Sugar Garden Cakes.

Jan’s work has been featured in  Cake Central Magazine, American Cake Decorating and numerous Northern California  newspaper publications including the East Bay Times.   She has taught classes and workshops throughout the Bay area and has been a judge for the Contra Costa Cake and Sugar Art Society.  Her flowers adorn the wedding cake of George Lucas and  birthday cakes of Gordon Getty. She also created a cake for the cast members of the television  show Survivor.

We hope you can join us on October 9th to peek into the world of sugar art, where Jan will demonstrate making various flowers and leaves, and discuss how this medium relates to other visual arts.

Look for it in Exhibits & Events.

Look for it in Call for Artists.



Come and get to know us in-person!

Meet our fun volunteers at the PAL Awareness table and get to know us. Brand new PAL brochures, information about upcoming events and membership details will be available.
Contact: PAL Membership Chair, Emelie Rogers –  
  • Friday, September 8  – Firehouse Art & Music Fest, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleassanton from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Saturday, September 9 – Paint Pleasanton Event, Museum on Main, Pleasanton, from 8:00am – 11:00am
  • Sunday, September 10 –  Paint Pleasanton Event, Museum on Main, Pleasanton, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Saturdays, November 4 & 11 – Outside Studio Seven Gallery, Pleasanton, from 10:00am to 1:00pm


Exhibit & Sell at TVNPA’s CommonPoint Nonprofit Center, Livermore.

PAL Art at TVNPALook for it in Call for Artists.

PAL, as part of its community outreach, selects 5 student works at the Spring show to award  PAL Scholarships every year. Thanks to Scholarship Chair Alka Vaidya and Lisa Rigge for judging and selecting winners this year. The scholarship awards, certificate, and a free one year membership to PAL were given to these winners at the reception on May 17th.
Check out Scholarships for updates.

Stoneridge Shopping Center Exhibit is over but visit Online Exhibits In Exhibit & Events

In News

    • PAL President’s October Message
    • Firehouse Art & Music Fest

Report on September 11, 2023 Potluck

In Past General Meetings

General Meeting Videos

Check out Videos etc.