Firehouse Arts Center News
Nancy Thompson Memorial Wall (PAL Wall)
Meghana Mitragotri will show her watercolors on the PAL Wall, upstairs in the Firehouse, Pleasanton from February 26 to March 28. Meghana draws inspiration from quaint countryside landscapes, flowers and birds. Lighthouses and windmills are also among her favorite subjects. Her style is often realistic, and sometimes impressionistic. She was born in a family of scientists, and growing up in a diverse community elevated her creative interests in Art, Languages, Classical Music and Dance. Painting has always been her favorite hobby since childhood. Watercolors became Meghana’s choice of medium because of the sheer versatility of water resulting in an array of shades, movement, textures and hues, that bring to life her idea of natural beauty and a level of serenity in a painting. She started to develop her own techniques over a period, and continues to learn useful tips and tricks to include wet-into-wet, negative painting, lights vs. shadows, color theory into her artwork. She loves using a variety of bold and subtle colors alike, and must have a shade of green in ALL her pieces. Meghana actively participates in fine art events throughout the East Bay year-round.
Beth Okurowski, “Life on the Edge–A Painting Adventure in Garrapata Park and the Carmel Coast”, will go up on the PAL Wall, upstairs at the Firehouse Art Center, 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton, from April 1 to May 2.
The California coast can be impossibly beautiful. It calls to a painter like a siren. Life on the edge of land and water is a drama of crashing waves, shifting light patterns, and undulating fog. Part of what makes it so compelling is the constantly changing elements, all playing off the other. How to freeze this scene in paint while retaining some of its life, all while not becoming overwhelmed by the scenery, is always a tall order when painting here. To help with the overwhelming part, I decided to narrow my subject choices. For three consecutive days in January, I came to this same place in Garrapata Park, Carmel to study a cliff face. I established value patterns early which guided me as the sun reached it’s 11:00 am position, when the forms of the rocks flattened and my stomach began to growl for lunch. I tried to not get attached to anything I was doing. I needed to stay nimble and be ready to switch canvasses if the fog rolled in or out. The third day, I felt familiar with rocks, and could begin to predict how the water would behave during one of its swells.
Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Gallery Phone is 925 931-4849. Check their website for possible chances to their schedule. www.firehousearts.org. Their planned shows are: Carried Places March 6 to April 11, 2020 and Fresh Works April 25 through June 6, Reception is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
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.
EarthRise Saturday, April 25, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Bankhead Plaza. EarthRise is a one day pop up exhibit that will highlight the need for action in these times of global upheaval and climate change. This art exhibition is a celebration of Earth Day and a call for action to address climate change. http://www.bothwell.lvpac.org/events/2020/4/25/earthrise-art-event-pop-up
East Bay Open Studios (EBOS) Comes to the Tri-Valley June 27-28: PAL is happy to announce the sponsorship of 11 artists at the Firehouse Art Center (4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton) in the upcoming EAST BAY OPEN STUDIO event. The PAL artists will be showing together with live demonstrations in the upstairs classrooms. EBOS highlights artists in the entire East Bay during the month of June, with the Tri-Valley area featured the weekend of June 27th and 28th. There will be additional artist collectives in Livermore at the Bothwell Arts Center, and in Dublin at The Frame Company and Art Gallery, plus other local artists who are opening their studios during the event. Demonstrations and refreshments will be at most venues. You can support our local artists by attending. Catalogs will be available in the coming months with maps and artist descriptions to help you plan. Meanwhile, you can visit the PAL Facebook page where we will be featuring our PAL EBOS artists, as well as other PAL events and updates. Information: Lorraine Wells 925 833-1049 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winifred Thompson shows “Brilliant Colors Bursting” at the Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Avenue, through April 7.
LAA Gallery News
Diane Rodriguez continues to be our LAA Gallery Guest Artist until the end of March.
Gallery Open House Dates in 2020:
- Mother’s Day Open House: May 2 & 3
- Art in the Park: August 16
- Jewelry and Wearable Art Trunk Show: September 26 & 27
- Christmas Open House: November 28 & 29
LAA Gallery, Upstairs, Carnegie Building, 2155-3rd Street, Livermore.
Regular Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11:30 to 4:00, Sunday, 10:00 to 2:30