PAL Receives 501(c)3 Status!
PAL is happy to report that we have received our long-awaited 501(c)3 status! It’s been a long and tricky road, and I want to thank Diana Hostetter, George and Linda Garbarino, and Peter Okurowski who have been instrumental in making this happen. The biggest benefit for PAL is that donations to PAL will now be tax deductible for donors. We have already changed the language on our membership forms to reflect this update.
Tenth Annual Members’ Art Show
The Tenth Annual Members’ Art Show was kicked off with an Artist’s Reception in the Firehouse’s Harrington Gallery Thursday evening, November 7 – theme this year “Hometown.” Beth Okurowski, PAL President, presented awards to the many talented winners at the Reception. Show runs until December 14.
Thanks to Alena Sauzade, Visual Arts Coordinator, Harrington Gallery. Thanks to Pat Smith, Show chair, and to Lynda Briggs who organized refreshments. Thank you Linda Garbarino for the wonderful pictures.
Comments from Mel Prest, the Judge of the PAL Members’ Show:
“I hope the PAL opening went well and was super fun. I’m sorry to have missed it. As I mentioned, PAL is well known as a group of talented artists who work hard and support one another, and I’m honored to have been invited to jury the PAL show. I was excited to see the formal and thematic diversity of the works; how things connected and the visual “conversations” between the artworks. I admired the vast range of paintings and sculpture techniques, yet all professionally presented.
I found it very difficult to choose a “theme” work, as so many deserved the award. The painting I chose felt absolutely like California: light, shadow, nature, mountains and home. This painting felt like something I’d seen or a place I’d been, and the fading end-of-day light almost made me hold my breath.
I was happy to have been able to acknowledge strong works by additional artists also who were not in competition for the theme award. The focused touch of the watercolor with sun-dappled cushions, or to the intensely hued oil and acrylic works, and the paused narrative of a black and white photograph: I can still recall each of these pieces in my mind’s eye. I also want to acknowledge the Firehouse Arts Center and curators and installers of the exhibition whose sensitivity to the latent harmonies among the artwork made the exhibition, and each individual work, sing.” – Mel Prest www.melprest.com.
Firehouse Report from From Pat Smith, Firehouse Chairperson:
“I cannot begin to thank you all enough for all you have done to make this another beautiful show. As I have said in the past “many hands make a light load” So many of you stepped up to help from receiving, the reception, the orientation, navigating the new “better impact” sign up system, receiving entries and printing show programs. Also, the artists who presented their amazing work. I am privileged to work with all of you.”
Theme Award: “Home Town”
- Lynda Briggs
- Linda Garbarino
- Pam Horn-Ross
- Pat Smith
- Chandana Srinath
- Wei Ting Chuang
- Margaret Frank
- Amy Greenberg
- Loreta Landucci
- Annett Mack
- Meghana Mitragotri
- Sandra Myers
- Judy Rice
- Lisa Rigge
- Diane Rodriguez
- Lisa Scarborough
- Usha Shukla
- Winifred Thompson
- John Trimingham
- Lorraine Wells
PAL’s First Small Works Show was held during PAL Members Show Reception on Thursday, November 7, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Firehouse Arts Center Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton.
Below are representative images from PAL’s Small Works Show held in the Firehouse Lobby during the Reception for the PAL Members Show at the Firehouse on Thursday November 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
3rd Annual Ignite Art and Innovation Festival
PAL hosted this event on Saturday, October 5 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. PAL’s booth was hopping with activity as visitors were encouraged to paint their own tote bag. Bags displayed the highly recognizable Pleasanton sign on one side and visitor created original art on the other. In all, 29 bags were sold and decorated. Thanks go to Jen Huber, Lorraine Wells and Diana Hostetter for volunteering. A few pictures of budding young artists…..
PAL’s Paint Pleasanton 2019
Thanks to the many artists who competed this year and to Samantha McNally for the great job she did judging the competition. Also to the many volunteers (Dorothy Maestas, June Ferreri, Shoba Sivkolundu, Hope Garay and Alka Vaidya) who made sure that all activities ran smoothly.
Awards were presented on Sunday, September 22nd with Best of Show going to Maureen Morley; Merit Awards to Nancy Roberts and David Savellano; and Honorable Mentions to Wei-Ting Chuang and Meghana Mitragoti. Leta Eydelberg sold an acrylic painting of one of the many beautiful and historic buildings in Pleasanton. Diana Hostetter and Lorraine Wells chaired the event and wish to encourage all of you to come out for next year’s Paint Pleasanton competition.