Firehouse Arts Center:
Nancy Thompson Memorial Wall (PAL Wall)
Bill Potter is Showing on the PAL Wall, Upstairs at the Firehouse Art Center through September 28: “For me the joy and excitement of photography started in my pre-teen years with a birthday gift of a Kodak Instamatic camera. Throughout the subsequent years and cameras, photography was an enjoyable hobby and recording of family activities and outings. With a recent retirement and advances in digital cameras, I have a reignited interest in the art of photography, taking advantage of local art leagues, classes, shows and resources. I look forward to continuing to develop and refine my skills and techniques of capturing images of our world around us. I hope you enjoy my images and the other works within the Harrington Gallery.”
Play Date! On display at the Firehouse Arts Center until September 14: Marionettes, circus clowns, fairy tale characters and a tightrope walking elephant are all at the Harrington Gallery this summer for Play Date, a vibrant exhibit focused on play and playfulness. Beyond presenting a world of fun and whimsy, the exhibiting artists also use play in surreal and satirical ways, from questioning the capitalist utopia promised by Monopoly, to imagining an uncanny carousel of humans ridden by ponies.
For more information contact: Firehousearts.org.
Firehouse Art Center, Harrington Gallery Shows above. When a show is in the Gallery, the hours are Wednesday–Friday 12:00 to 5:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 to 3:00 pm. Lobby Hours at the Firehouse Art Center, Pleasanton, are Wednesday-Friday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Saturday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. 925 931-4850, www.firehousearts.org. Firehouse is at 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton.
Man on the Moon Exhibit: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing. Large format photography and fine art prints will showcase this historical feat from July 10 to September 9 with opening. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Livermore.
Kathleen Hill currently exhibits her animal work through AVA at Ryan’s Automotive. Kathy has lived and worked in Livermore for 40 years capturing and celebrating the unique bond we share with our animals. Ryans Automotive is at 2115 First Street, is a family run business who support the arts supplying beautiful gallery wall space in their showroom.
LAA Show of Champions September 1 through September 30 at the Livermore Library Gallery to see LAA members award winning work. Information call Lynne Shephard at 925 443-4406.
Livermore Art Association & Wente Vineyards Estate Winery 47th Annual Art in the Vineyard
Sunday, September 22, hours 11 am to 5 pm. Art for Sale! Live music and wine tasting.
Arata Art Gallery, 637 First Street, Benicia. September 5 to October 13. Reception October 8, 2:00 to 5:00 pm.
Usha Shukla, PAL Circuit Chair, had two of her artwork images selected for San Francisco Women Artists’ Art Banner Competition. The winning artworks will be digitally enlarged, transferred onto vinyl banners and installed on lampposts in the Inner Sunset in San Francisco for everyone to enjoy for a year.
LAA Gallery News
Laura Marion, Guest Artist
Laura Marion’s beautiful portraits are at the the LAA Gallery through the summer. Gallery Hours are: Wednesday-Saturday, 11:30 to 4:00 or Sundays, 10:00 to 2:30. Free admission. Check the Gallery page on www.LivermoreArtAssociation.org.
Art In The Park was sponsored by the LAA Gallery on Sunday, August 18th: 27 artists participated in Art In The Park in Carnegie Park next to the Sunday Farmers Market. Hundreds of art lovers gathered to see the paintings, jewelry, paper and felt crafts, embroidery, and wooden toys of local artists. Erika Reichert was busy painting an expressionist version of Steven Hawking. A new Gallery flag was made with handprints from soon-to-be artists and even a dog paw! We made new friends, got some creative juices flowing, and raised awareness for the Carnegie Building Gallery.
Welcome to Woodcrafter Ray Skillen’s and his wife Pat’s wooden toyland. Ray showed his work at Art in the Park on the 18th. He calls on a lifetime of wood-crafting to make his toys attractive and sturdy enough for generations to enjoy. His fondness for woodworking was nurtured in a high school woodworking class in Happy Camp, CA, where his dad worked for the U.S. Forest Service. His talent was noticed and before he graduated, he rebuilt the school’s wood-shop.
Ray is still going strong after 52 years as a fine wood artisan, He particularly likes poplar, walnut and maple, as well as manzanita and some high-grained maple for accents. The result is both artful and authentic. His rocking creatures all boast true-to-life eyes that taxidermists use.
As a California native and craftsman, Ray creates with the skill and pride only an artisan who loves what he does can bring! See more of his work at www.skillenwoodcraft.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to drop by the Gallery to see his work.
Coming Gallery Events: The Jewelry and Wearable Trunk Show will be Saturday, October 26, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. The Christmas Open House will be the Saturday and Sunday December 7 & 8. Lights will be put up on Monday, November 25.