Firehouse Arts Center:
Nancy Thompson Memorial Wall (PAL Wall)
George Kanakis will be exhibiting his art on the PAL Wall, upstairs at the Pleasanton Firehouse Art Center, from June 4 until July 13. A well-known local artist, has been a Pleasanton resident since 1987. George was born in Greece on the island of Crete where he started to paint as a child under the direction of Boti Thalassinos, a renowned Greek artist who was himself taught by Salvador Dali. Thalassinos’ encouragement had a significant influence on George. As a young teenager he moved to Athens and continued to pursue his passion for Art by taking private lessons and learning varied media including oils, watercolor, Indian ink, acrylics, and sculpture.
Before immigrating to the United States, George spent his early adulthood as a naval engineer which gave him the opportunity to enjoy artwork in Japan, China and Australia. Eventually, George combined his love for the creation of his own art and the art of others by opening a custom picture framing shop and gallery in Berkeley. His artistic ability made him a master framer who en- sured that his customers’ work was treated with care and respect. Now retired, he is able to devote himself daily to his passion of oil painting in his art studio. George has had a number of exhibits in various locations in the Bay Area including San Francisco, Oakland, Hayward, Berkeley, San Leandro, and Pleasanton. His body of work includes Greek themes as well as landscapes of California such as Yosemite, Monterey, the Presidio, and Lake Del Valle. George is happy to know that his paintings are enjoyed in a number of homes throughout the United States and abroad.
Usha Shukla will exhibit her paintings on the PAL Wall, upstairs at the Firehouse Art Center from July 17 to August 24. She creates abstract paintings that distill the light, the intense colors, and the constant movement in nature. The final visual is pure, ethereal, and cosmic with no physical references. Her paintings are the representation of a harmonious balance of her subconscious landscape and the physical world.
With a thought-out color palette and her unique process, she starts on a journey of creation. When painting, Usha immerses herself into the process, gets into a meditative trance, and lets the painting guide her. It is always a balance of letting go and being in control. Her head, heart, and hand become one and something pure and personal happens. Vapor-like shapes appear and disappear on the panel, leaving only traces of the initial layer, like the mere reverberation of a memory.
Bay Area Parks, Outdoor Treasures, June 14 to July 20, 2019. The San Francisco Chapter of the California Art Club features the beauty and diversity of Bay Area parks from the coastal beauty of Point Reyes to the majestic redwood forests of Muir Woods to the slopes of Mount Diablo.
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.
Kerry McGehee’s photograph, “Ocean,” was selected for the newest juried exhibit “Into the Blue” at the Village Theater Gallery, in downtown Danville (233 Front Street). Over 350 art entries and only 40 chosen!. The exhibit opens June 28 through August 17th. The Reception has yet to be announced. www.kerrymcgehee.com or www.sensitiveobserver.com
Go Figure: Exhibition at the Bankhead Theater Gallery continues until July 8. bothwell.lvpac.org
Art in the Park at Carnegie Park, sponsored by the LAA Gallery will be on August 18 during the Sunday Farmer’s Market (10:30 am to 2:00 pm).
Man on the Moon Exhibit: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing. Large format photography and fine art prints will showcase this historical feat from July 10 to September 9 with opening Reception on Saturday, July 20, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Livermore.
Livermore Art Association & Wente Vineyards Estate Winery 47th Annual Art in the Vineyard
LAA’s normal Memorial Day Sunday event was cancelled by rain, but thanks to Wente for giving us new dates: Hold on to Sunday, September 22!
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.
Laura Marion, Guest Artist
Laura Marion’s beautiful portraits are at the the LAA Gallery through the summer. Gallery Hours are: Wednesday-Saturday, 11:30 to 4:00 or Sundays, 10:00 to 2:30. Free admission. Check the Gallery page on www.LivermoreArtAssociation.org.
Artists of the Month
Jim Kervin will be LAA Gallery artist of the month in August. He has been working in various branches of glass art for about forty years. He is mostly known inthe art world for his many books on glass bead making. Highlighted in his display at the gallery are two of his fused glass bowls.
Helene Marie Roylance is a local bay area artist. Her works focus mainly on watercolor and intricately painted ceramics. Her paintings often depict scenes from her travels, as well as plein air paintings of local vistas. Her works can currently be seen at the Livermore Art Association Gallery and the Fremont Art Association Gallery.