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Exhibits & Events

Show dates:  May 22 – July 13
Venue:  John Muir Health Auxiliary Gallery, Aspen Center, 133 La Casa Via, Walnut Creek
Reception including Awards & Comments by Judge Randall Sexton: Virtual Over Zoom (open to all), Thursday, May 25 at 7:00pm
Zoom Link for Reception
Online Show of Accepted Pieces: HERE

For Participants

  • DELIVERY of ART DATE & LOCATION: Saturday, May 20 deliver to the Aspen Surgery Center, 133 La Casa Via, Walnut Creek 10:00 – 10:30 am – *No art will be accepted after 10:30 am. Plan to arrive on time! If assistance with delivery is needed, help will be available, see contact information below.
  • ZOOM RECEPTION: Thursday May 25, at which Juror and Judge Randall Sexton will announce winners and share comments about the winning pieces. PAL members and participating artists will be sent the zoom link before the event, 
  • PICK UP ART DATE: Friday, July 14. 11:30am – 12:00 pm only. 
  • JUROR & JUDGE: See below.
  • AWARDS: Best of Show: $150, Merit Award: $100 (2), Honorable Mention: $50 (4)
  • CONTACT: Show Chair John DeVilliers,
  • View and Print Exhibit Prospectus HERE.
  • Print Exhibit Labels HERE.

Healing Spaces Juror and Judge

PAL HMS 2023

Randall Sexton

California based fine artist and instructor, Randall Sexton, is nationally known for the color and expressive brushwork in his oil paintings of “everyday” scenes. He is described as a  “painters’ painter” by Jean Stern (Director for The Irvine Museum of Art). In his words, “As one of the premier contemporary painters of the California landscape, Randall paints still-lifes, figures, and portraits with equal mastery…His work evokes deep feelings, whether it’s the solitude of a deserted street at night or the exultation of a beautiful landscape, each speaks softly to the viewer.”
Originally from rural New England, Sexton transplanted to San Francisco, CA (after completing a BFA from the University of CT, Storrs, in 1980.) Since then, he has been a fixture in the Bay Area art scene with a reputation as an inspiring teacher and collectable fine artist. For ten years he held a position with the San Francisco Academy of Art, SF. He teaches private workshops and classes including Pixar Studios. This year he’ll be teaching at California College of Art in Oakland.  His workshops have been hosted in diverse destinations within the U.S. and abroad, and he now leads an online Mentorship Course with students from around the globe.

Livermore Library

Celebrate Women: Two Photography Shows in One at the Livermore Library for the entire Month of May.You are invited to the Reception on Sunday, May 7 beginning at 3:30 in Conference Rooms A & B. Meet the artists. These exhibits are co-sponsored by the Livermore Art Association and the Pleasanton Art League. Free Admission.

PAL’s Pals 2023

April 2023 was Arts, Culture & Creativity month! To celebrate this, Pleasanton Art League put on PAL’s Pals 2023 at the Stoneridge Shopping Center. The Exhibit and Reception are over but you can visit the High School Online Show HERE and the Middle School Online Show HERE!

PAL’s Pals Judges

Middle School entries will be judged by:

  • Jen Huber, Acrylic, Watercolor, Mixed Media

    Jen Huber – Art by bike is Jen Huber’s motto. Whether painting in her studio at the Bothwell Art Center or capturing the rolling hills of the tri valley area, Jen Huber travels on her orange eBike, The Muse. She paints landscapes along the bike trails when she can; portraits and figures in her studio during inclement weather, and whimsical pen drawings at home. Classically trained in Fine Art at University of Santa Cruz, she brings her experience and education to new artists of all ages and abilities through uniquely designed art camps during the holidays and creative art classes in the evenings. Check out both her paintings and classes at



  • Ranjini Venkatachari

    Ranjini Venkatachari  – Ranjini is a fine artist working primarily in the medium of colored pencil. She has been working with this medium for more than 12 years and draws inspiration from her rich cultural heritage. She works out of her home studio in San Ramon, California. She also teaches colored pencil classes locally and all across the US. Her colored pencil art has been juried into several National and International shows across the US & UK, like the Salmagundi Annual non-member exhibition, Leading masters of Contemporary Realism (International guild of Realism), California State Fair, Women Painters of Washington and Colored Pencil Society of America’s International shows and UK color pencil society International show. Ranjini’s works has also been published in the Strokes of Genius 4&5, American Artist, International Artist, American Art Collector, Southwest arts magazine, Ann Kullberg’s COLOR Magazine & Art Guide Northwest.


High School entries will be judged by:

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    Usha Shukla

    Usha Shukla – A PAL Board member, Usha is a full-time professional artist who works out of her studio in Pleasanton. She creates vibrant, nature-inspired abstract paintings. Usha also serves as the Treasurer of the National League of American Pen Women, Diablo/Alameda Branch. For the last two years, she has served as a juror for the National Congressional High School Art Competition for Congressional District 15, represented by Eric Swalwell. In 2019, Usha started a new Pleasanton chapter of Dining For Women, a global charitable organization and is the Co-Chapter Leader. Her artwork has been featured in solo and group shows at various locations. Her work is collected nationally including at Sutter Hospital in San Francisco and at Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA. She is a member of San Francisco Women Artists, and Global Art Project, an international art collaborative across sixteen countries. She was an invitational artist at the “East on West ” Art Exhibit at the Office of State Senator Scott Weiner, San Francisco.
  • George Garbarino – A PAL Board member, George Garbarino is a multi-disciplinary artist who creates watercolors, drawings, pastel paintings, and photography. George majored in art at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Art and his Teaching Credential from California University East Bay. George taught Fine Arts, Black & White Photography, and Digital Imaging in the Fremont Unified School District in Fremont, California, for 35 years. Additionally, he teaches the Marshall System of hand color tinting of black and white photography throughout Northern California. George’s artwork is an exploration of various styles and techniques from Realism, Impressionism, and Surrealism. He has won numerous awards and has been featured in several galleries and venues in the region, including the Firehouse Art Center, Olive Hyde Art Gallery, BoaVentura Vineyard, and Charles R Vineyards.

Firehouse Arts Center

4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton, CA 94566

Fresh Works XI

April 1 – June 10, 2023 in the Harrington Gallery, open for visitors during normal operating hours  – Wednesdays – 10 am to 5 pm; Thursdays and Fridays 12 pm to 7 pm; Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm. Reception will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2023, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.


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  – Wednesday – Friday, 10 am to 5 pm; Saturdays 11 am to 3 pm.

Claudette McDermott Exhibit

Claudette McDermott will be exhibiting her Oil, Encaustic Hot Wax and Resin artwork on the Nancy Thompson Memorial, PAL Wall, upstairs at the Firehouse Arts Center from April 22 – May 27.

Claudette McDermott is a contemporary Hawaiian Artist, experimenting with a variety of media, giving it a unique fresh voice. Exhibiting in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond through Juried Exhibitions.

“I’ve loved working and experimenting with Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Media, Encaustic Hot Wax, Resin and Metal over the last 40 years. I thrive with the challenge of working with something new. Creating art is a journey that slowly unfolds, taking me to places I have yet to see. I Create because I’m compelled to create, inspired by those that are like minded and the world around me. Being an Artist brings me Joy and I hope to continue bringing Joy to those who view and purchase my work, for many years to come.” InstaGram: PoetryOnCanvas

Melissa Mandegarian Exhibit

Melissa Mandegarian is the featured artist on the Nancy Thompson Memorial, PAL Wall, located on the second floor at the Firehouse Arts Center from June 3 – July 22. Meet & Greet Sat, June 17, 1-3. Read about Melissa HERE.

“In each piece that I paint, I strive to capture the beauty, tranquility, and especially the intriguing light that drew me to the scene in the first place. The purpose of my frequent use of less saturated colors and values is to invoke a calm, introspective mood, but I also like to add bits of vibrancy by placing complimentary colors next to each other. Though my work is representational, my goal isn’t to record copious details on the canvas, but to give enough intentional accuracy to give the viewer’s imagination a chance to fill in the rest.”

Amy Greenberg will be next up, from July 29 – September 9, with an Artist Meet and Greet on August 5th from 1 – 3pm.

TVAST Studios, Homes, Collectives: May 6 & 7, visit more than 50 artists in their homes, studios, and collectives, representing the entire Tri-Valley. View demonstrations, browse art for sale, and talk with the artists about their techniques and inspiration. From paintings, ceramics, sculpture, glass, mixed media, photography, and collage, to jewelry and wearable art, the variety of different mediums is inspiring. A fun event for the entire family, free and open to the public.

East Bay Open Studio, May 13 & 14 will be showing artwork and interviewing Cyanotype Photographer Buffy Davis at the Frame Company & Art Gallery on Village Parkway in Dublin. The show is titled “Creative Captures” – an alternative photography show. For more information on this event, email <


Museum on Main

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

She Sang Me a Good Luck Song

The California Indian Photographs of Dugan Aguilar

April 5 -May 27, 2023

Public Exhibit reception Wed 4/5/2023, 5-7 pm

aRt Cottage

Contra Costa Plein Air Group Show at the aRt Cottage, May 3 to June 23, reception Saturday, May 13, 2:00 to 4:00 at aRt Cottage, 2238 Mt. Diablo St. in Concord, aRt Cottage is the coolest little art gallery just off the square in downtown Concord. This intimate venue provides a comfortable environment for art lovers to enjoy our exhibits, take an art class, or relax with friends.

Submitted by Nancy Roberts.

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.

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