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Exhibits & Events

Firehouse Arts Center

4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton, CA 94566 –

The Nancy Thompson Memorial Wall

The Nancy Thompson Memorial / PAL Wall is located on the second floor of the Firehouse Arts Center and open for visitors during normal operating hours  – Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:00 am to 5pm; Friday 10 am to 6 pm; Saturday 11 am to 3 pm.


Solo Exibition: March 1 – April 13

Meet & Greet:  Saturday, March 9 from 1 – 3 pm
Ukraine-born artist, Olga Symonenko, enjoyed painting from an early age. Despite graduating from art school, she took a break from painting to earn a degree in computer science, after which establishing a career in the field and moving to the United States. Several years prior, Symonenko discovered soft pastels by accident which inspired her return to art, and subsequently became her passion. Since then, the artist has taken professional online courses and workshops which has furthered her ability and desire
to paint. Symonenko also works in oil and watercolor, but soft pastels remain her preferred medium. Presently, she loves to share her passion and knowledge through teaching pastel classes. Olga enjoys the beauty found in nature and strives to share it in her paintings. She hopes that her work will bring light, positivity, and warmth to its viewers.

Other Shows Around Town

“Flora in Focus” in the Harrington Gallery, January 10 to March 9, 2024

Harrington Gallery visiting hours  – Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:00 am to 5pm; Friday 10 am to 6 pm; Saturday 11 am to 3 pm.

Everyone’s invited to “Flora in Focus” a flower-inspired art show put together by a small group of local floral artists. The show will run at the Harrington Gallery of the Firehouse Arts Center from January 10 to March 9, with a reception on Saturday, February 3 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Community members can enjoy refreshments, floral arrangements by Kiraku Ikebana, & win unique raffle prizes at the reception. Floral artworks in colored pencil, acrylic, watercolor, oil, gouache, glass and East Asian brush painting techniques will be exhibited. Participating artists are Monique Makepeace, Wei-Ting Chuang, Charlotte Severin, Jenna Hobbs, Helene Roylance, Tejal Shah, Lynda Briggs, Peggy Kervin, Usha Shukla  and Meghana Mitragotri.

Contact: Meghana Mitragotri at

Poetic World: East Asian Art

On Display Now: Poetic World: East Asian Art, through March 3 at the UNCLE Credit Union Art Gallery at the Bankhead Theater. This exhibit will celebrate the fusion of contemporary art with rich East Asian heritage. This captivating showcase transports visitors into a realm where traditional techniques harmonize with modern interpretations. Vibrant brushwork, delicate ink washes, and bold experimentation converge to capture the essence of East Asian culture, bridging the past and present. Free and open to the public Thursdays through Sundays 1:00 to 5:00. Reception is Saturday, February 24 from 2:00 to 4:00 featuring demonstration by Wei-Ting Chuang on Chinese ink and calligraphy; create your own lantern art; tea ceremony and music from the Chinese instrument the guqin. 

Museum on Main

605 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566925/462-2766  Open Tue-Sat 10-4 

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LAA Gallery

Upstairs in the Carnegie Building, 2155 3rd Street, Livermore

Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 11:30 to 4:00. Sundays 10:00 to 2:00.

The LAA Gallery proudly features Jan Watling “As Artist of the Month.” Jan is an artist extraordinary who turns her visions of colorful environments from a pile of paperstrips into an impressionistic, whimsical painting. The completed process is something you want to see when it is completed. Jan’s outstanding quilling work began in 2014 when she entered a United Kingdom based contest and not only was the winner but was featured in the UK Quilling Magazine. Recently, at the LAA Spring Show 2023, Jan won second place overall. The Gallery features several of Jan’s works that are award winners.

In the 70’s Jan learned how to do Quilling, however she is a crafter/artist who quilts, crochets, knits, make chain Maille jewelry, or square wire jewelry; whatever she makes it is beautiful and artistic. She has many talents being a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, singer, She has even worked for Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise lines as an independent craft instructor. Be sure to stop by and see the display of Jan’s work in the entry at the top of the stairs at the LAA Art Gallery.

Please click  HERE  for latest information on artists displaying and selling their works at the Gallery.