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For Sale: Glass-shelved Cabinets, $40 each obo, contact agiancola@lvpac.org. Large Flat File Cabinet for artwork, 4′ x 6′, contact Robert at r.canning@sbcglobal.net.

Studio Space Available at the Bothwell. $160/month, 7′ x 9′ north light. Covid precautions strictly followed and only the studio artists are currently in the building. Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th Street, Livermore, contact agiancola@lvpac.org.

California Arts Advocates: We Put the Art in ReStArt: We cannot wait any longer, we must act now and urge the Newsom Administration and California Legislature to recognize the disproportionate impact to California’s Creative Industries due to the COVID Pandemic and the state mandated closures and to value the impact of the arts, culture and creative sector to power community engagement, social cohesion, wellness, healing, and state and local economies. In our many meetings with legislative offices, the majority have shared they are not hearing from the arts. We know it is hard to add advocacy to your already long list of priorities, but we will try to make it as simple as possible. For the complete newsletter and links so you an send a letter to the Governor, contact Julie Baker by email, julie@californiaartsadvocates.org.


Carol Tresch Maddox passed on in January in her Fremont Michigan home. Artist, teacher, traveler, she will not be forgotten by her many friends, students and fellow artists. Carol graduated from the College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland (now California College of the Arts). She taught art in the Oakland Public Schools until wanderlust took over her life and she went to Europe where she worked for the Armed Forces and met her future husband Ed. Carol won many awards in national watercolor organizations, including the American Watercolor Society Gold Metal in 2004. She was a much loved teacher and taught at workshops in Europe (including the charming La Romita School of art in Italy) and in the United States. She is survived by husband Ed and their family. Friends wishing to make donations are requested to do so to Alzheimer’s Association of America or the Pleasanton Art League.

Anne Emery passed away January 5. She graduated from UC Berkeley and had a 30 year career as a physical therapist. Anne loved arts and textiles and as a truly creative person belonged to the Wayside Weavers, Pleasanton Art League, Spindles & Flyers, and Presbyterian Women, PTA, Childrens Theater Workshop and donated her time to the schools of her children and grandchildren. Anne is survived by husband Wayne, three daughters and nine grandchildren. Above all, she loved being a devoted Granny to her grandchildren. A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, www.pancan.org.

California Arts Council Launches New Individual Artist Fellowships Program:

The Agency returns to individual artist funding for first time in 18 years; grants will support individual artistic practice through unrestricted funding. http://tiny.cc/CACFellows2021 #ArtsCA. CAC Emerging Artist Fellows – $5,000 per award (approximately 70 artists to be supported). Artists with between two and four years of artistic practice; CAC Established Artist Fellows – $10,000 per award (approximately 50 artists to be supported). Artists with between four and 10 years of artistic practice; CAC Legacy Artist Fellows – $50,000 per award (approximately 10 artists to be supported). Well-established artists with 10 or more years of artistic practice.

The Portfolio Mailing System:

For all the years since 1984 when the three local visual arts organizations combined their separate newsletters into the Portfolio, there has been a Mailing Committee to fold, label, stamp & mail printed copies to their members and to other originations who support us. As most members acquired email, the need for a large quantity of printed Portfolios dropped, but never became totally unnecessary.

Little did we know that this virus would change so many aspects of our lives, including how we distributed the Portfolio. Acclaim Print & Copy Centers in Dublin has been very faithful in printing for several years. Like many businesses, Dan, the owner, was shut down for awhile. That’s when our PAL & LAA Membership Chairpersons narrowed our lists down and printed what copies were needed on their personal printers and mailed to the remaining members who did not have email. The “freebies” list was mostly dropped as many of the libraries, schools and supporting businesses were closed. It may be revised when things return to “normal”.

So the Portfolio is now made mostly made up from the email input from members and whipped into recognizable shape by the editor, Norma Webb. The Membership Chairs, Peter Okurowski for PAL and Diane Rodriguez for LAA, keep mailing lists and update Gene Gracy who is the go-between our organizations and Constant Contact, the mailing service who sends your copy to you on your computer. And that is what you are looking at on your screen at this very moment!

Our PAL/LAA Portfolio Mailing Committee has Retired! For several years now, every month, Gail Ruvalcaba has faithfully hosted the mailing party with members Carole Hart & Annette Mack assisting. In the March Portfolio this year, we featured a photo of the committee. We are running it here again as we say “Thanks Ladies, for your faithful service!” You have earned your golden parachutes! We won’t try to name all the members who have worked to distribute the Portfolios since 1984, but that’s a lot of volunteers and a lot of time lickin’ & stickin’!!! Thank you to all of you; you know who you are.



If you did forward something to a friend, you may be reading this now at a friend’s house or the Gallery, or some other public place, but not in your InBox. Constant Contact is a service set up for members only. PAL & LAA submit email addresses of their members to Constant Contact & that’s how our electronic version of the Portfolio is sent out, as well as reminders of meetings & shows & special bulletins. If you suspect that you have forwarded one of these messages, you have been unsubscribed! You will need to follow the rather complicated procedure to reapply! It is much easier to just not forward any of the information that comes to you from Constant Contact. If you need or want to forward a message, please contact Norma Webb or Gene Gracey to obtain the original copy.

Other Links:

Darla Bostick’s Annual Ghost Ranch Workshop/ Retreats & Multi-Media Workshop. Check the website for dates and details www.darlabostick.com.

Bothwell Arts Center offers classes for all ages in visual art, music, dance, theater. 925 447-ARTS(2757) www.bothwell.lvpac.org

A.R.T. Inc., Adobe Art Center, 20395 San Miguel Ave., Castro Valley. Demonstrations are open to everyone and are free.

A.R.T. Inc. Also Sponsors Art Space: 2:00 to 4:00 pm, first and third Saturdays of the month 20395 San Miguel Ave., Castro Valley. Redwood Painting & Drawing Studio. $5 drop in fee, pay at the door. Information: Valerie Snart, vsnart@comcast.net.

ArtistGetaway.com has a rather extensive directory of not only their own painting trips, but places to paint, shows, etc. Check them out.