Firehouse Arts Center:
Nancy Thompson Memorial Wall (PAL Wall)
Nancy Thompson Memorial Exhibit, PAL Wall, Upstairs at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton, November 6 to January 11, 2020.
It occurs to us that some of you “newcomers” do not know how the PAL Wall named “The Nancy Thompson Memorial Wall” came about.
Nancy Thompson, a talented watercolor and pastel artist, was about 50% of the Pleasanton Art League for many years. She held several offices, including President, but her true love was organizing workshops. Nancy had no fear about tracking down and approaching nationally known artists and frequently talked them into coming to Pleasanton. The PAL Treasury was flush from workshop proceeds during that time.
When Nancy passed away suddenly a decade ago, it was easy to come up with a fitting memorial for her. PAL contributed the proceeds from Nancy’s workshops to the Firehouse where PAL workshops would continue.
And that is why there is a plaque in Nancy’s memory on the Firehouse wall next to where PAL artists hang their work.
PAL Members Show at the Firehouse: Dates for the show are November 8 to December 14 with the reception on November 7, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Firehouse hours are Wednesday-Friday, 12:00 to 5:00 & Saturday, 11:00 to 3:00. Pat Smith is the chairperson for the show. email@example.com or 925 846-4138.
Artwork Chosen for the Postcard (at left) is by Chandana Srinath, Lisa Scarborough, Karen Barry, Robyn Leimer, Kathlleen Hill and Mark Mertens.
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.
Diane Rodriguez will be showing her Train paintings at the Bona Market Place Gallery, 116 W Standley, Ukiah, the months of November and December. Ukiah is a unique town that was the home of artist Grace Hudson. A modern museum stands behind her home and studio where she painted the Pomo Indians. The grounds show how the Indians lived and are interactive. Denise Oyama Miller will be showing her quilts at the museum at the same time.
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.
Worth a Thousand Words at the Bankhead Theater Gallery, October 30 to January 6. the correlation between the written word and art: altered books, art and poetry, art with type. Partnering with Livermore’s Poet Laureate to explore literary arts. www.bothwell.lvpac.org/events/2019/10/30/call-for-art-worth-a-thousand-words.
Earlier Than a Bird Holiday Art Fair: Saturday, November 23 from 7:00 to 11:00 am in the Bankhead Theater Lobby. This event takes place during Livermore Downtown Inc’s “Earlier Than the Bird” shopping event. bothwell.lvpac.org or 925 447-ARTS.
Uplift: Celebrating the Sierra Nevada, showcases the visual imagery and rich culture elements of the Sierra Nevada range. This show will be on view in the Arts Benicia gallery now through November 3, 991 Tyler Street #114, Benicia, CA 94510. 707 747-0131, firstname.lastname@example.org, artsbenicia.org.
Latinx, Art Beyond the Border, Sin Fronteras, through November 7 at San Joaquin Delta College, LH Horton Jr. Gallery, Shima Center, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton. 209 945-5607.
Orange Rules: Arata Art Gallery, 637 First Street, Benicia through November 24. The work is by Barbara Fracchia. arataartgallery@gmail. com.
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
New Member in the Gallery is Michael F. Bland who began blowing glass by taking classes at Pitzer College in Claremont CA. The studio work gave him a break from his technical studies at Harvey Mudd College toward an engineering degree. Mike was featured in the Claremont Collage making a fish using his glass blowing skills. Years later as he was winding up his engineering career Mike discovered studios in the Bay Area (Bay Area Glass Institute and Public Glass) and found that like riding a bike, certain traits once learned, become ingrained into our nature and thus began blowing glass again.
Mike currently is focused on creating optic blown vases/bowls and crackleware. Optic molds are metal forms that enable ridges to be formed in a blown part. Crackle is one of the oldest glass blowing decorative features created by dunking the still partially formed glass into water producing the intriguing surface cracks and texture. The piece stays intact because the interior of the part is still liquid. Most of the bowls/vases he creates incorporate colored glass frit (small chips of colored glass). A colleague of Mike’s provided some special frit that enables the part to glow when exposed to black light (UV) illumination. Since rediscovering glass blowing Mike is challenged to create unique artistic pieces incorporating random textures, color mixtures, and shapes.
Outside of glass blowing Mike is an avid swimmer and amateur triathlete. Mike can be contacted at email@example.com.
Nova Starling is Guest Artist for November & December. Stop by the Gallery to see her painted silk scarves!