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Exhibits & Events

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.

Tuan Karsevar, showing Sep 16 – Oct 28
Meet the artist on Sat, Sep 16 from 11am – 1 pm

Tuan is a self-taught artist who has been pursuing his passion for art full-time since the pandemic. He is known for his prolific output as a painter and has received awards for his plein-air and portrait paintings. Tuan is actively engaged with the Tri Valley art communities and regularly goes out painting the local landscapes.


PAL at ArtWalk 2023

PAL takes artists’ professional development seriously. We have four artists (most participating for the first time!) at the PAL booth at this year’s ArtWalk, Livermore’s premier art event. Each artist will have their own unique display at this booth. We were happy to provide guidance around how to acquire a Seller’s Permit, which brings artists one step closer to being a professional art business owner. Seasoned PAL member Claudette McDermott also guided the artists about booth essentials & setup.
Meet our talented artists at the PAL Booth on Saturday, October 14, 11:00am to 5:00pm, Booth #7First Street, Livermore!! 
Claudette is a contemporary Hawaiian Artist, experimenting with a variety of media. She has been exhibiting in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond through Juried Exhibitions. She will have Encaustic hot wax paintings: floral love letters, Resin ring or pinch pots & food safe resin tabletop Charcuterie Platters. Zelda Kohn has taken art courses at the Museum of Fine Art School in Boston. Watercolors is her primary medium. She will have oil & watercolor paintings,  giclee prints, and paintings on postcards. Shalaka Mulherkar paints landscapes and florals in watercolors and she has been featured in juried exhibitions by the International Watercolor Society in India and Bulgaria. She will be selling original paintings, giclee prints and cards. Olga Symonenko was born and raised in Ukraine where she graduated from art school. A few years ago, she accidentally discovered soft pastels; it inspired her and became her passion. Olga also does oils and watercolors. She will have paintings and postcards.
Come and say hello to these artists and several other PAL artists that will have their own booths. Big thanks to Anne Giancola for inviting PAL again this year.

Solo Museum Show Coming Up

I am thrilled to announce my first ever museum show. Take a Breath is opening at International Art Museum of America ( in San Francisco on September 5 and runs through October 30, 2023. The artist reception is on September 24, Sunday 3 – 5 pm. Please see invitation below. I hope to see my SF Bay area friends there. Please share the invitation with your friends and family. The exhibition runs for two months and we can also plan another date convenient to you. I have many brand new paintings in this show.

Thank you
Usha Shukla
Alameda County Arts Commission

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:

  • Circuit Page

    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

Harrington Gallery Exhibit

California Watercolor Association Signature Members Show – June 24 – August 26, 2023

Museum on Main

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

Current Exhibit: 100 Years of Amador Valley High School 1923-2023  – August 29 – September 7, 2023


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.