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Eight Takes California Impressionism:

September 11 to October 30, 2021 at the Harrington Art Gallery 

The terms “California Impressionism” and “California Plein-Air Painting” describe the large movement of 20th century California artists who worked out of doors, directly from nature in California. “Eight Takes: California Impressionism” exhibition features 8 nationally known Northern California impressionist artists. This exhibition revolves around each artist’s interpretation of California Impressionism reflected in the landscape and through figurative work.  Each of the artists in this exhibition embraces the impressionistic style in their paintings with their attention on the effects of light, loose brush work, and rich color.

Participating Artists: Nancy Seamons Crookston, Terri Ford, Ellen Howard, Ryan Jensen, Laurie Johnson, Jim McVicker, Carole Rafferty, Tonya Zenin

Exhibit Hours during the exhibit

  • Thursdays: 10am-12pm
  • Fridays: 3pm-5pm
  • Saturdays: 11am-3pm
  • Additional times by appointment only

A limit of 12 people will be allowed in the space at a time and social distancing rules will be in place. All attendees will be asked to wear face coverings. The Firehouse is at 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton.

The Nancy Thompson Memorial Wall:

Check back here for artists being displayed on the The Nancy Thompson Memorial Wall (PAL Wall) at the Firehouse. 

Art in Place:

Visit the Harrington Gallery Virtual Show Art in Place

Other Events

DAC Watercolor Show

Several PAL members are in a DAC (Dublin Art Collective) sponsored watercolor show at The Frame Company at 7038 Village Parkway in Dublin. This show will be hanging until September 11. (Lorraine Wells, Meghana Mitagotri, Usha Shukla, Alka Vaidya, Jennifer Huber are some of the participants).





New Virtual Exhibition Series: The Alameda County Arts Commission has launched a new virtual exhibition series to share online versions of 2020 and 2021 exhibitions scheduled to be presented in the Alameda County Administration Building in Oakland. Currently, the building is temporarily closed to ensure the health and safety of the public and County staff. The online exhibition series includes exhibitions by the African-American Quilt Guild of Oakland, East Bay Heritage Quilters, the Oakland Art Association and the Tri-Valley Conservancy. To learn more and view the exhibitions,

Colin Hurley: “The Gallery of Cats:” This is a Cat Art Show! Opening is Saturday, September 4 at Firehouse Art Co “Lottie Rose House”, 6117 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Call 510 295-9079 for information. The show was curated by Christine Thompson and my mother, Allison Modifor. This is my sixth cat art show. My first was in Hayward, California at a wonderful place called “Crepes De Art”. It was called “Colin, Cats, and Flamingos”. A couple years later, I moved to an art house in Oakland where I’ve had three cat-themed art shows so far. Their names are “Let’s Hear It For The Cat!”, “The cat pARTy”, and “Feline Trouble”.


Livermore Arts (Bankhead and Bothwell Visual Arts) Exhibit at the Bankhead Theater: Colored Pencil Society of America: Explorations in Colored Pencil IX. On display September 3 to October 31, For hours, please visit Painting by Denise Howard, Aloe Song, please visit







LAA Gallery News

LAA Gallery September Hours! Thursdays, 11:30 to 7:30 pm including Farmers Market Hours. Saturdays 11:30 to 3:30 and Sundays 10:00 to 2:00. We have 20 artists which includes painters, jewelers, glass and ceramic artists, photographers, a quilling artist, and a glass blower. There is a large variety of notecards and tote bags. Everything is produced locally by LAA members. If you haven’t been in the Gallery for awhile, come and see us! Upstairs in the Carnegie Building, 2155 3rd Street, Livermore. 925 449-9927.

Save the Date: LAA Jewelry & Wearable and Trunk Show – October 23-24