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Exhibits & Events

Healing Spaces

We are delighted to announce that PAL’s art exhibition, “Healing Spaces,” will be opening on May 13th! This exhibit is intended to create a peaceful space for all patients, visitors, and staff who daily pass through the hall of the Aspen Medical Center.

Exhibit Dates: Monday, May 13 – Thursday, July 11
Venue: The Aspen Surgery Center, 133 La Casa Via, Walnut Creek.
Zoom Reception: Monday May 20 at 7:00 pm. Our Judge, Carolyn Lord, will announce award- winners and comment about the winning pieces.
Learn more about Carolyn Lord HERE. We are also Honored that Rosemary & Peter Therkelsen, the Auxiliary Board’s Art Committee Co-Chairs, will be available at this reception to share their journey with us.

Topic: Zoom Reception: PAL JMH Show “Healing Spaces”
Time: May 20, 2024 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 883 1038 5244

Unable to travel to Walnut Creek? No problem! Our wonderful webmaster Marion Huff has created a beautiful gallery of the show on the PAL website. View online gallery of the show HERE.

For Healing Spaces Participants:

  • PICK UP ART LOCATION: The Aspen Surgery Center, 133 La Casa Via, Walnut Creek. 
  • PICK UP ART DATE: Friday, July 12. 11:30am – 12:00 pm only. 
  • CONTACT: Show Chair John DeVilliers,

Museum on Main

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

Current Exhibit:

PAL MOM Imagination Expressed Show is over. View online gallery HERE. View Winners’ Gallery Here




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.

Ron Rigge

Solo Exhibition: April 19 – June 1, Photography

A Mission study The establishment of the 22 Spanish missions in the late 18th century is an important part of the history of California. Today, some of these missions still retain an essence of their original state. One can view rooms where daily tasks such as weaving and cooking took place. Restored bedrooms and dining areas seem as if they are in use today. There is also a strong feel of sacred space, and if one is able to visit early in the morning it is quite easy to imagine being present in the year 1780. The images in this suite are from the missions LaPurisima Concepcion, San Antonio de Padua and San Miguel. Two are archival silver gelatin photographs, the others digital prints using archival materials.

BIOGRAPHY for RON RIGGE I have lived in Pleasanton,CA for over 50 years and have been producing fine art photographs since 1981. While my work covers diverse subject matter found in our Western states, I consider myself a photographer of California. Representative bodies of work include the orchards of Central California, the Spanish missions and “Americana”, which includes relic autos, old beverage signs and images from western ghost towns. I have also made a significant number of studies of California landscapes, including those of our East Bay parks and the Eastern Sierras. I am skilled at developing and printing my work in a traditional darkroom and have fully made the transition to producing today’s archival digital prints. I compete annually in several local and national juried shows and have received awards and recognition in these exhibits including the California State Fair’s “California Works”. My work has been exhibited in group shows in Yokohama, Japan and the Steinbeck Center in Salinas. My photographs can be found in many private collections including four international. The cities of Danville, Fairfield and Livermore have purchased my pieces for their collections.

Marie Pascal

Solo Exhibition: June 7 – July 20, Watercolor

Meet & Greet Marie on Saturday, June 8 from 1 – 3pm!

Marie’s Bio

 When I was a child, my parents took me to visit Art Museums all over Europe.  Educated in a school of Graphic Arts in Paris, I worked there for many years as an illustrator before moving to California and starting to paint as an independent artist in the early 90’s. My work has been shown in galleries in Davis, Los Gatos, Sacramento, and San Francisco. Watercolor is a wonderful medium, particularly if you paint on the spot and complete a picture before the light changes. But this medium is also very versatile and forgiving. Working in my studio, I find that it is possible to satisfy my past illustrator’s attachment to details and my admiration for etchings. Watercolor allows me to have both undefined and precise areas, working with the contrast of light and shadow, transparency and opacity in the same picture. Although it remains difficult to express with words my motivation to start a picture, it is often a recollection of a particular place, kept in a memory or in a photograph. The distance in space and time makes me “think again” and reflect upon this special moment. After some composition and color research, I try to visually capture harmony, mystery and balance, looking for a certain feeling of well-being which I hope to share with others.”

Other Shows Around Town

Rhonda Chase is the featured artist for this year’s annual San Ramon Art and Wind Festival. As part of this honor she will have a solo exhibition of her newest work at the Lindsay Dirkx Brown Art Gallery in the San Ramon community center from May 2 – 30, with a reception early in May and a meet-and-greet during the festival, on May 27, from 1-3. Artist Reception – Sunday, May 19 from 1-3

Her work is a cheerful mixed media amalgam of old and new styles. It is largely hand drawn ink illustrations, colored and completed digitally (no Ai), and printed on metal. Her show will have over 40 vibrant, colorful pieces and will also include some painting and photography.

Lindsay Dirkx Brown Art Gallery – 12501 Alcosta Blvd. May 2 – 30, Mon – Fri, 8:30-5 & Festival hours: May 26-27, 11-6 Reception: TBD Meet & Greet: May 27, 1-3

PAL’s Pals Youth Art Show for Middle & High School Students

The Pleasanton Art League’s 3rd PAL’s Pals Youth Art Show for Middle and High School Students at Pleasanton’s Stoneridge Shopping Center is over. PAL Artists Karen Barry and Peggy Magovern judged the show. The show and reception are over, but you can view PAL’s Pals 2024 Online High School Exhibit HERE and PAL’s Pals 2024 Online Middle School Exhibit HERE

PAL’s Pals 2024 Judges

Karen Barry, printmaker – Judge for Middle School

I started printmaking in 2012 when an artist friend, based in Southern California, taught me how to make a drypoint etching from one of my drawings. I was hooked, and enrolled in printmaking classes at Laney College in Oakland. I learned traditional etching techniques, stone lithography, wood and linoleum block printing.

For several years I’ve focused on relief printing (linocuts and woodcuts). I hand-print limited editions. I like the graphic nature of the medium, and enjoy translating my drawings and sketches while carving the image into a block of linoleum. I do experiment with multi-color printing, but often use just one color, usually black, to print my linocuts. Sometimes I add watercolor.

My subject matter comes from the landscapes where I’ve spent time hiking, camping, and riding my bike, throughout the San Francisco Bay Area where I’ve lived, worked and played for the past 50 years, and the places I’ve traveled in various parts of the world. I’m fascinated with old buildings, water towers, windmills and old machines. Sometimes I research the history of a particular place and create an image, placing it back in time.

Etsy: KarenBarryStudio

Peggy Magovern – Judge for High School

An award-winning artist, instructor, and judge, Peggy Magovern’s medium of choice is colored pencil, and with some projects, include chalk pastel, oil pastel, wax pastel, watercolor, and/or paper collage for a truly unique look. With over 15 years of experience, she teaches on-going group and private classes, and workshops throughout California that focus on the versatile medium of colored pencil. Prior to teaching, Peggy worked in the competitive field of commercial illustration. Colored pencils were used in part with all her images, and appeared in national and international publications that include; Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, Oxford University Press, and the Smithsonian. But it was while working as the Senior Illustrator for the iconic Banana Republic catalog that she honed her skills in clothing artwork rendered exclusively in colored pencils. Later on, she used her skills in colored pencil to explore a uniquely different form and expression in the fine art world. Her work became represented in galleries that include; Carmel, San Francisco, the Bay Area, and Mendocino. Peggy is grateful for the combination of these two passionate areas of her life; teaching and producing works of art. From directing a colored pencil workshop for the International Conference of the Colored Pencil Society of America, to receiving accolades in the form of “Best of Show”, Merit”, Award for Distinction”, and “First Place”, it is a gratifying combination indeed. website 90 minute audio interview workshop calendar for 2024 – (To be posted in Spring)
or Google Peggy Magovern for more articles


Livermore Public Library

1188 South Livermore Ave., Livermore
“Flora in Focus” is back at the Livermore Public Library in August 2024
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 Livermore Public Library located at 1188 South Livermore Ave., Livermore  from August 1 to 31, with a reception on Saturday, August 17 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Community members can enjoy refreshments, meet the artists & win unique raffle prizes at the reception!
Floral artworks in colored pencil, acrylic, watercolor, oil, gouache, glass, mixed media 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, Ranjini Venkatachari, Rekha Joshi and Meghana Mitragotri.

Contact: Meghana Mitragotri at

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.