PAL President’s April 2023 Message
Up next is PAL’s Pals Youth Art Show & Competition at Pleasanton’s Stoneridge Shopping Center. We are really excited to have Rekha Joshi leading this project as our Show Chair. Rekha has a Master’s degree in Fine Arts, and enjoys working in a variety of mediums. Teaching art is her passion, so she founded Nirmitee Arts, to conduct classes for kids and adults. She has been teaching for over 20 years and volunteers with various art groups. She exhibits on both local and international levels. Rekha says, “I always like to encourage young artists to showcase their talent and creativity! The PAL’s Pals program has the same objective and so I decided to lead the show. This is a great opportunity for Middle and High school students to showcase work, receive judges’ feedback and recognition that will add merit for college applications.” Joining her on the Committee are PAL members Reena Babu, Galina Volkova, Marion Huff and Lorraine Wells. Please spread the word and let’s give our budding artists a wonderful opportunity to participate in an art show like a Pro!
In the new few pages of this Portfolio, read all about our John Muir Health Show in Walnut Creek, the PAL Art Day Out at Alden Lane in Livermore, PAL Member Wall at the Firehouse and PAL Workshop with Lisa Rigge at the Amador Recreation Center in Pleasanton. Oh what fun!
Thank you MOM/PAL Demo Artists
PAL is very grateful to the ten members who performed 20 sessions of wonderful art demonstration at Pleasanton’s Museum on Main, as part of our show “Imagination Expressed 2023”. Some of these artists also sold art during their demos! When asked about their experiences, this what some had to say:
Report on MOM/PAL Show, Imagination Expressed
The MoM/PAL Show, Imagination Expressed, at the Museum on Main has been a great success! Thank you to those who helped with the show and those who demonstrated their skills and those who posted photos of the art online. There were many visitors – especially on days when we had our artists demonstrating. Despite the nasty weather on many days we should be very proud that our community came out to support our efforts and the Museum. It’s a positive experience for both organizations. A special thanks goes to Ken MacLennan, the Museum’s curator, who has worked with us and the public on sales, set up for demos and more, all to make sure the show has run smoothly! I look forward with the support of all of you wonderful artists, to making the show even more successful in 2024!
Christine Bourg, Show Chair
PAL President’s March 2023 Message plus New PAL Board Members. Welcome!
I am happy to share that all PAL Board positions are filled, and we now have a full PAL Board of Directors for 2023! Every Board Member brings in unique skills and experience that contribute towards making operations smooth, and of course, we all learn immensely as we grow into these roles.
Our newest Board Members are PAL Secretary Alana Shoars, Hospitality Chair Tejal Shah and Co-Chairing Programs with me is Jan Loomis.
PAL Secretary: Alana Shoars
Alana Shoars was born in Oakland but grew up in the Mid-West. She spent 30+ years in corporate American holding a variety of Information technology management roles. She is a self-taught artist who has been painting with a variety of mediums since she was 13 years old. She now works with acrylics. Alana has a weakness, she cannot go into an art supply store and come out without buying a new paint brush. She jokes about starting the Pleasanton Chapter of “Paint Brush Buyers Anonymous”.
PAL Hospitality Chair: Tejal Shah
Tejal Shah is a mixed media artist from San Francisco, CA. She paints from her soul and dances like no one is watching. She is an art educator & artist. She enjoys using various mediums and colors in her artwork. Nature’s colors are her source of inspiration. She learned various forms of art from her since childhood. Her love for art stays within her, and she finally decided to turn her passion into a profession. Her paintings are a collection of realism, impressionism, and abstract art. She makes epoxy art that includes Geode artwork and functional art pieces.
Along with pursuing her artistic journey, she received a Master’s Degree in Home Economics from M.S. University in India and a Master’s from California State East Bay Hayward, CA, in healthcare administration. She has always been passionate about art, creativity, painting, etc. She finds art to be meditative, divine, inspiring, peaceful, and a happy place for her to be in.
Please check out her work on her website (www.colorurimagination.com)
PAL Programs Co-Chair: Jan Loomis
Having the need for perpetual learning, Jan Loomis’s life has been spent pursuing art classes that have allowed her to explore the making of pottery, jewelry, assemblages, fiber arts and painting in various mediums. Her work is based on nature, which is abstract to reflect the mood of time and place. She is a lover of the art of Wabi Sabi and values salvaging old objects that speak for the past. Her hope is that her art will elicit a sense of calm and peace.
Jan says, “As an artist my goal is to continue developing the skills and techniques needed to bring my work from mind to hand. As PAL Programs Co-Chair, I hope to help introduce new mediums to our members, while continuing to explore the areas that will further our goals as artists.”
Thanks so much to these wonderful members for accepting these roles and all the very best. Your contributions to PAL will be invaluable.
Big thanks to our Officer for Nominations, Lisa Rigge, for recruiting these talented individuals.
A list of PAL Board Members and partners is available here https://www.pal-art.com/home/about-us/
Meghana Mitragotri, PAL President
PAL President’s February 2023 Message
It’s been a great start to the year, and I want to convey my gratitude to PAL’s member volunteers who work diligently to create excitement for our artists and the Tri-Valley community. From PAL Wall, Art Circuit, shows, art demos, workshops, and TVAST to general meetings — our volunteers are getting ready for it all!
Please find online and printable versions of the PAL 2023 Calendar of Events on our website https://www.pal-art.com/pal-2023-calendar-of-events/, This calendar will be updated periodically.
One of our goals is to build partnerships and engage artists of all ages in our community. We are very thrilled to build a new partnership with Pleasanton’s Stoneridge Shopping Center this year. The center has invited us and generously offered space to host various art activities. We’re looking forward to hosting the PAL’s Pals youth art show at this wonderful venue in April.
Here are some kind words from Andres Ripa, General Manager, Stoneridge Shopping Center:
“Stoneridge is a Regional family shopping center with plenty to offer. We have over 160 stores including name brands, regional and local shops. We strive on partnering with the local community in order to see our community thrive. Our partnership with PAL is a step in the right direction and something we hope to continue to execute on a yearly basis. When we first met the PAL Board, we fell in love with the story of helping young art students bring out their creativity and share a location where they can demonstrate these skills. On top of an art display project, the opportunity for students in our community to win scholarships as part of PAL’s initiatives, is something Stoneridge Shopping Center is fond of.”
Cheers to good times ahead! Meghana Mitragotri President, Pleasanton Art League
Report on Reception and Judging at MOM Show
The reception for the Museum on Main/PAL show held on January 21st was a huge success! There were over 200 visitors to the Museum including artists, their friends and families and members of the community who came in to see the art. There were over 150 pieces created and displayed by 60 artists. Our judge David Savellano presented 10 awards and made insightful comments in a delightfully animated way about each winning piece. Many people commented on the beautiful and varied art on display. PAL members should be proud of the quality and diversity of the art we produce. Special thanks go to the show helpers, Ron Rigge, Brian Bourg, Bill Potter, John DeVilliers, Barbara Blissert, Lisa Rigge, Annette Mack, George and Linda Garbarino, Lorraine Wells, and Peggy Magovern.
The judge for the show was Bay Area artist David Savellano. David worked as an architect for 40 years and then became a full time artist. His specialty is plein air watercolor paintings that capture random moments – on the street, in nature, and wherever else his portable easel takes him. David is also an accomplished teacher. His expert instruction enables students to improve their artistic skills and knowledge.
Enjoy the show at Museum on Main, 603 Main Street, Pleasanton until March 25 and online HERE.
MOM Show Chair Christine Bourg, Merit Award Winner Nataliya Gavrilova and Judge David Savellano.
MoM/PAL Show Winners:
Best in Show:
- Peggy Magovern for “Carol w/ Blue Sweater”
- Ron Rigge for “Washing”
- Nataliya Gavrilova for “Apples”
- Helene Roylance for “Large Blue Plate”
- Reena Babu for “Palms”
- Janine Heath for “Koi Fish Guitar”
- Meghana Mitragotri for “Bundle of Joy 2”
- Jill Vellinger for “Transforming Light”
- Elena Morris for “Livermore Vineyard”
- Ranjini Venkatachari for “Artist’s Block”
Photos (Award Winners & Candids) from the PAL/MOM Show “Imagination Expressed 2023” Reception. Winning Artist not shown in photos—Merit Award: Helene Roylance. Click on thumbnail to view the images full size.
PAL President’s January 2023 Message
PAL President’s Message The year 2022 began with uncertainty as we were emerging from the shadows of the pandemic, but as a team we have shown great resilience and spirit across this year, for which I am forever indebted to everyone involved! Our PAL Board members have worked tirelessly behind the scenes in streamlining processes and operations efficiently.
Here are some of the highlights of 2022.
- Created and documented formal job descriptions for every Board position
- Standardized & built consistency around art show formats including guidelines, prospectuses, entry forms, awards
- New & improved online registration process with volunteer, demo options & easy Sign ups
- Revamped, stabilized and automated membership process • Hassle-free & secure customer payment options
- Robust budget & accounts reporting system • Refined the Constant Contact communications process in collaboration with LAA
- Resumed Art Circuit, Workshop, PAL Wall, and Scholarship programs.
- Increased Publicity & Social Media efforts have resulted in significant follow ship
- 18 fun & interactive art demonstrations by members showcasing a variety of artistic talents at Museum on Main & Firehouse Arts Center
- A great website with 35 beautiful individual and three group show online galleries
- PAL awareness and outreach programs led to a significant growth in membership (Thanks, Studio Seven Art Gallery, Downtown Pleasanton)
- Launched our first juried show “Healing Spaces” in association with John Muir Health, Walnut Creek
- First time participation in Livermore’s premier ArtWalk (Thanks, Anne Giancola) PAL was recognized to receive two City Art Proclamations from the Pleasanton Mayor and Council members (Thanks, Alameda County Arts Commission)
- Partnered with nonprofit organization, Cantabella Children’s Chorus to create one of the best art opening receptions.
Now looking forward into 2023, we hope to continue to measure and improve all above achievements while building new partnerships. We look forward to providing increased engagements to artists of all ages with many new surprises including four fantastic General Meeting speakers (2D & 3D) and bringing back PAL’s Pals (in-person) Youth Art Show for Middle and High Schoolers. We stand alongside LAA and DAC, collectively promoting and bringing creativity and positivity into our communities. For these partnerships, we are eternally grateful! Jan Loomis, we will dearly miss your invaluable and meticulous work as our 2022 PAL Secretary! Thank you all for your continued support and participation in PAL and all its efforts, and giving me the opportunity in this role again! Kindly renew your memberships with PAL and continue to help our family grow.
My best wishes to you all for happy & healthy 2023!
Meghana Mitragotri, 2023 President, Pleasanton Art League
PAL’s 15th Annual Fall Members’ Show
PAL’s 15th Annual Fall Members’ Show
October 29 to December 17, 2022
PAL’s Fifteenth Annual Fall Members’ Show featured 75 2D and 3D works – oils, acrylics, watercolor, linocut, pen & colored pencil, pastels, encaustic hot wax, fused glass, and porcelain art – all by PAL artists. During the show, multiple live artist demonstrations were scheduled. See Demo section below. Read about the show in Pleasanton Weekly HERE. View online show HERE.
Seema Mahboob judged the show and awarded a Best in Show, three Merit Awards and four Honorable Mentions. Seema did her Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Punjab University. She has extensive experience in teaching both drawing and painting. Her paintings are with numerous private collectors. She is currently teaching at Center for Community Arts and Mount Diablo Adult Education. Her area of focus is in human figure and portraits. Examples of her work are on Instagram:@seemamahboob.art0
Visitors voted for for two additional People’s Choice Awards between October 29 and November 11. PAL is fortunate that the People’s Choice Award this year is sponsored by Livermore’s Way Up Art & Frame, a favorite resource for all Tri-Valley artists.
Awards were presented at a reception on Saturday, November 12 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. PAL was honored that the Best in Show was awarded by Pleasanton’s Mayor, Karla Brown.
The reception started with a performance by the award-winning Cantabella Children’s Chorus. Awards immediately followed the performance. The Cantabella’s Honors Choir and Chamber Choir were featured. The Honors Choir is composed of selected treble voices who have demonstrated the highest quality of musicianship and vocal abilities. Its ensemble is composed of 7th to 12th grade students dedicated to intensive past and present rehearsals. In addition, the Chamber Choir is comprised of advanced singers in the 7th through 12th grades.
Ten Wonderful PAL Art Demonstrations at the Firehouse during PAL’s 15th Annual Fall Members’ Show
Sincere thanks to all ten PAL Demo Artists who performed wonderful art demonstrations at the Harrington Gallery as part of PAL’s 15th Members’ Show. The audience was just in awe of the creative techniques with encaustic hot wax, acrylics, watercolor, colored pencils, east asian brush painting, enamel painting on fused glass and soft pastels. Participating demo artists: Claudette McDermott, Peggy Magovern, Emelie Rogers, Ranjini Venkatachari, Meghana Mitragotri, Rhonda Chase, Leta Eydelberg, Wei-Ting Chuang, Nancy Roberts, and Olga Symonenko. Art demonstrations are always a wonderful way of sharing the love of what one loves doing the most, and PAL is happy to create these opportunities for members who are open to share art styles with the public. These are great ways of promoting self, the ongoing show, the organization, and the venues we partner with. Many artists also use these platforms to brush up public speaking skills and overcome stage fear. So let’s embrace and welcome these exciting opportunities as we bring the demo series once again in our next show in January “Imagination Expressed 2023” – Your PAL Board. T
PAL President’s December 2022 Message
What a perfect way to wrap up 2022! PAL’s 15th Annual Fall Members’ Show reception at the Firehouse was very successful with a huge turnout, and we’re thankful to everyone who could attend. The performance by the Cantabella Children’s Chorus’ Honors Choir and Chamber Choir was truly wonderful. A big thank you to Show Chairs Pat Smith, Linda & George Garbarino for all their dedication & hard work. Heartfelt thanks to Lynda Briggs for arranging all the refreshments. Thanks to PAL webmaster Marion Huff for her work on the website and beautiful online gallery of the show https://www.pal- art.com/fifteenth-annual-members-show-gallery/ , and our graphic designer Lorraine Wells for creating the flyer. This show would not have been possible without the incredible support from Program Assistant, Harrington Gallery Curator Sydney Tang, Recreation Supervisor Mark Duncanson and all the staff at the Firehouse. Thanks to Way Up Art & Frame for sponsoring one of the Merit Awards and to Seema Mahboob for judging the show. We’re very grateful to Pleasanton Mayor Karla Brown & Vice Mayor Valerie Arkin for gracing the occasion! To all 75 participants including 11 demo artists & volunteers- You are amazing! A huge team effort indeed!
2022 has truly been a year to remember with remarkable achievements. My heartfelt thanks to all the Board Members including officers & Show Chairs, partners, members and volunteers for all their time and effort in making PAL reachable and accessible to community members of all ages. Up next in
January, PAL’s 15th Members’ Show at Museum on Main,
“Imagination Expressed 2023” – I hope PAL members will enter this first show of 2023! I wish you all the happiest of holidays
PAL President’s November 2022 Message
RAIN or SHINE, everything turned out super fine at 2022 Paint Pleasanton! The last thing we needed was rain, and it just had to happen that one Sunday! An easy way out could have been just to cancel the event altogether. But committee members Lorraine Wells, Alka Vaidya, Rebecca Davies, Marion Huff and Ritu Ahluwalia, along with the staff at Pleasanton’s Museum on Main were determined to go ahead with this event against all odds. Big thanks to this incredible team! Thanks to Arnie Heller for taking photographs during the art show. Heartfelt thanks to all the artists who not only came out in support of this event, but also for constantly sharing painting progress and vlogs over social media. We’re grateful to the Pleasanton Weekly for publishing a great article that includes comments from a couple of new artists. Read it here https://www.pleasantonweekly.com/news/2022/10/02/city-in-the-spotlight-for-paint-pleasanton-2022
Thanks to all the artists that have entered PAL’s 15th Annual Fall Members’ Show at the Firehouse. Everyone is invited to the reception and awards on Saturday, November 12 at 1:00. The reception will include a special performance by the Cantabella Children’s Chorus, an award-winning group that we are thrilled to partner with. The group’s Honors Choir and Chamber Choir will be in attendance for the event. The Honors Choir is composed of selected treble voices who have demonstrated the highest quality of musicianship and vocal abilities. Its ensemble is composed of 7th to 12th grade students dedicated to intensive past and present rehearsals. In addition, the Chamber Choir is comprised of advanced singers in the 7th through 12th grades.
Best Wishes, Meghana Mitragotri
PAL Recognized and Received Art Proclamation
PAL Recognized and Received Art Proclamation at City Council Meeting for the second time in 2022! It was an honor to represent the Pleasanton Art League and accept an Art Proclamation to recognize October 2022 as National Arts and Humanities Month at the Pleasanton City Council meeting with Mayor Karla Brown and City Council members on October 18; this Proclamation was shared with the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council (PCAC) . A big THANK YOU to the PAL Board, members, volunteers, and partners for all the support. Heartfelt thanks to the Alameda County Arts Commission for initiating art advocacy at all City Levels. The meeting was broadcast live on Channel 29 and YouTube. Watch PAL President Meghana Mitragotri’s acceptance speech (49 minutes 52 seconds into the meeting) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOBErZMkse4&t=2996s
PAL Booth at ArtWalk:
This year, four PAL member artists shared a booth at ArtWalk with PAL liaison, Treasurer & artist John DeVilliers. We had quite the varied group in experience, artistic styles and even media, which demonstrated the breadth and variety of PAL’s membership. While John spoke to attendees about the advantages of joining PAL, Elani Scott (one of the recipients of the 2022 PAL Scholarship Award), Ashley Chase (3-D artist) Sandra Myers (painter) and I, Rhonda Chase (jewelry artist and painter) showed recent works. The five artists got to know each other over the course of the day; learning about Ashley’s origami and sculpture, Elani’s impassioned drawings, my path through art media, and enjoying Sandra’s painting demonstrations.
The PAL booth was located at the new Livermorium Plaza, where visitors could find other art organizations as well, making for a fun day filled with many artists, and a vast sea of amazing artwork.
A big thank you to PAL Vice president George Garbarino for arranging the art panels.
– Rhonda Chase
Paint Pleasanton 2022
Twenty nine artists from far and wide gathered again this year to paint plein air the many historic and beautiful locations in and around the City of Pleasanton during Paint Pleasanton 2022. Starting at the Museum on Main (MOM), 603 Main Street, Pleasanton, on Saturday, Sept. 17 for sign in and ending back inside MOM (due to rain) on Sunday afternoon Sept. 18 for judging, awards and the viewing and purchasing of art. PAL is especially grateful to MOM not only for hosting the event but especially for opening up to the public on Sunday and allowing judging, viewing and awards to proceed inside. The open museum was greeted enthusiastically by everyone. Many attendees had not been inside the museum before.
Inklings Coffee donated a Peoples Choice Award and Primrose Bakery wonderful cookies to add to the festivities. Let’s show our appreciation for their contribution by shopping at their businesses.
Many persons helped make this event memorable.The artists themselves; Sarah Schaefer and Ken MacLennan of the Museum on Main; Paint Pleasanton committee members Lorraine Wells, Alka Vaidya, Rebecca Davies, and Marion Huff; PAL president Meghana Mitragotri and family; PAL hospitality chair Ritu Ahluwalia; Linda and George Garbarino and Arnie Heller for taking photos; many of those already mentioned for publicizing the event before and after.
View many of the beautiful paintings created HERE.
Read about the event in Pleasanton Weekly HERE.
Thanks especially to our judge Georganne Zaro who shared insights from her long career regarding plein air painting. Georganne presented the following awards:
- Best of Show: Rolando Barrero – “Firehouse”
- Merit Awards:
- Birgit Spaulding – “Sycamore Sky”
- Malavika Oak – “Coffee at Inklings”
- Honorable Mentions:
- Tuan Karsevar – “Red Chairs”
- Shrey Purohit – “Bernal Landscape”
- Jenna Hobbs – “Arroyo del Valle”
- Alka Vaidya presented the People’s Choice Award to: Rolando Barrero – “Firehouse”
PAL President’s Fall 2022 Message:
As we are entering the last quarter of 2022, I just want to thank everyone for a fantastic year thus far.
Many thanks to PAL’s Membership Chair Emelie Rogers for leading the PAL Awareness project during First Weekends in Downtown Pleasanton and all the volunteers that supported her in this effort in spite of extreme weather conditions. A big thank you to Georgia Jacobs and Ritu Ahluwalia (LAA & PAL Hospitality Chairs respectively) for arranging the super successful Potluck and to everyone who came. Our PAL Fall Members’ Show Committee is working really hard to get everything organized for this last members’ show of the year. I hope all PAL Members will participate and avail the opportunity to proudly display a favorite piece of artwork at the awesome Harrington Gallery of the Firehouse Arts Center. Please don’t let anything come in the way; we have a wonderful pool of volunteers that will help anyone who needs help with registration, framing, pick-up & drop-off of artwork and anything else that we can help with. Just let the Show Chairs know and let us help you. Have a blast creating!
The PAL Art Circuit is Back On
A rotation was done on September 15th. Five teams participated with a total of 28 active participants. The next rotation will be in December.
Following is the list of businesses participating. Businesses where P AL Circuit work hangs:
- Sallman, Yang, & Alameda CPA’s —- SECTION “A”, Pleasanton.
- Sallman, Yang, & Alameda CPA’s —- SECTION “B”, Pleasanton.
- Bagel Street Café, Dublin.
- Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, Pleasanton.
- The Bagel Street Café, Pleasanton.
Usha Shukla, PAL Circuit Chair
More on the PAL Art Circuit HERE.
PAL Info Table in front of Studio Seven Arts
PAL members manned a PAL information table in front of Studio Seven Arts gallery from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm during Pleasanton’s First Weekends on Main.
- Friday August 5 – Alka Vaidya and Emelie Rogers
- Saturday August 6 – Lorraine Wells and Wei Ting Chuang
- Friday September 3 – John DeVilliers and Bill Potter
- Saturday September 4 – Jessica Copeman and Emelie Rogers
PAL-John Muir Health 2022 Show “Healing Spaces!”
Ron Rigge, “Vineyard and Truck”
Amy Leung, “Concentration for Perfection”
Usha Shukala, “Achillea 02”
Claudette McDermott, “Field of Dreams”
PAL President’s Summer 2022 Message
PAL-John Muir Health Show judge Jody Mattison during the virtual reception on June 8 said, “What a beautiful show this has been with such varied artworks!”, and I can’t agree more! Thanks so much to all the amazing artists who entered their healing works of art in this debut show. From speaking to many artists, I gather that this show was an emotional experience and an opportunity to comfort self through art. Heartfelt thanks to our hard-working committee members and John Muir Auxiliary Board (all listed in John’s report) for all the help, guidance, and passion towards this project. I want to thank Show Chair John DeVilliers immensely for his dedication and time. This was John’s first time chairing a show, and he executed his role so diligently. His kind nature makes him extremely approachable and wonderful to work with. You are such a natural, John! Thanks so much for all that you and Charron (his wife) do. It’s not easy being Treasurer and Show Chair at the same time!
We were so happy that JMH Auxiliary Board’s Co-chair Rosemary Therkelsen was able to join us at the reception to share her journey with us. A big thank you to our webmaster Marion Huff for creating a beautiful virtual gallery and giving us a tour; click here to enjoy the gallery https://www.pal- art.com/pal-jmh-judging-gallery/. We were glad to record the segment of the virtual reception in which Jody shares her comments about the winning pieces. It was like sitting in a classroom and listening intently to an instructor! Jody annotated the artworks on the screen and explained what appealed to her and what she learnt throughout the process. Her comments were truly educational and inspiring.
This segment with Judge’s comments has now been uploaded to YouTube. Click here and enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H22yOhkRKoU&t=347s
Special thanks to Linda Garbarino for promoting every artist in this show on PAL’s Instagram
Up next is PAL’s Plein Air event Paint Pleasanton 2022 in September followed by PAL’s Members’ Show at the Firehouse in October! Let’s gear up and get more brush mileage!
Best wishes, Meghana Mitragotri
Honor for Linda Garbarino
Pleasanton’s Mayor, Karla Brown, recently presented an award to Linda Garbarino for Community Service to the City of Pleasanton! Linda has been a member of several organizations for years and currently is the President of the Heritage Association, President of the Museum on Main, and of course a very busy member of the Board of the Pleasanton Art League. Congratulations Linda! It is so nice to have you recognized for the work you do!
Rita Sklar was awarded “Best of Show” at the Alameda County Fair! Congratulations Rita! The painting, “Missing You Already” can be seen on http://www.ritasklar.com
Report on 2022 PAL-John Muir Health Show “Healing Spaces”
By the time you read this our inaugural John Muir Hospital (JMH) show “Healing Spaces” will be wrapping up over at the Aspen Surgery Center in Walnut Creek, however, you can still enjoy the show until July 14th. You can also see the artwork HERE.
I feel confident in saying it was an unqualified success for everyone involved. We had 88 pieces by 33 artists entered into this Juried and Judged show and the final selections were a testament to the talent and expertise of our members.
I’d like to thank Rosemary and Peter Therkelsen, our John Muir contacts, for inviting us to participate in the ongoing efforts of the John Muir Health Medical Center Auxiliary to bring beautiful, healing, works of art into their Aspen Surgery Center. Everyday hundreds of patients, their families, and staff members can come to work and be greeted by a touch of beauty to start their often-challenging day. I also want to send a big shout out to our committee members; Linda and George Garbarino, Lisa Rigge, Marion Huff and Lorraine Wells. You all made me look like I knew what I was doing!
Our wonderful, patient Judge, Jody Mattison, picked out seven beautiful and varied pieces to represent the best our show had to offer. The choices were difficult for her, and she said that she could have easily given out another 4 or 5 awards, there were so many good pieces to choose from. She was also sorry she couldn’t have put more pieces into the show as there were many other excellent pieces entered.
Congratulations to all our winning artists and to all the PAL members who made this show such a success!
John DeVilliers, JMH Show Chair
Farewell to Beth & Peter Okurowski
The PAL Board organized a little Farewell to PAL past president Beth Okurowski & PAL past treasurer Peter Okurowski who recently moved to Prescott, Arizona. We thank them immensely for their services and especially steering the ship so gracefully during the two years of the pandemic. Their contributions to the art community will always be trea- sured. Beth is our Parliamentarian and continues to provide guidance on various matters based on her tenure & experience. We will miss you Beth & Peter! Have a good life ahead and keep visiting!
PAL MOM Show, Imagination Expressed 2022
This year’s PAL MOM Show was held from January 12 to March 26, 2022 at Museum on Main, 503 Main Street, Pleasanton. Local California artist, John Tullis, judged the show. Listen to his comments HERE. View this year’s winners below. Click on thumbnail to view in gallery mode.
PAL Recognized at Pleasanton City Council Meeting!
It was an honor to represent the Pleasanton Art League and accept an Art Proclamation to recognize March 2022 as Art is Education Month and April 2022 as Art, Culture and Creativity Month at the Pleasanton City Council meeting with Mayor Karla Brown and City Council members on March 15. This was a first for PAL! Thank you so much to the PAL Board, members, volunteers, city staff, officials, local business, institutions and other nonprofit organizations for all the support. Heartfelt thanks to the Alameda County Art Commission for encouraging and initiating art advocacy at all City Levels. We’re so happy to share this Proclamation with the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council (PCAC) and looking forward to our partnership. The virtual meeting was broadcast live on Channel 29 and at https://www.tri-valleytv.org or https://youtu.be/wz4MDYJ-TIw?t=708
Hearty Congratulations to the Dublin Arts Collective for receiving this proclamation at Dublin’s City Council Meeting at the same time! – Meghana Mitragotri
New PAL President’s Message
Bravo! What an incredible couple of years we’ve had! I am so proud of our achievements & innovations to engage with our members. It seemed an insurmountable task to come together when we were forced to distance and time stood still. Yet, we managed to keep art relevant as we persevered through joyful collaboration.
At PAL, it is a privilege to work with creative minds everyday, and a Board that always guides and encourages new ideas. With utmost gratitude to LAA and DAC, our partnerships have made us stronger, together!
I am truly honored to take on this new role and serve alongside brilliant officers, chairpersons, volunteers, and partners. Our unique skills will help us lead the way into exciting opportunities as we continue to build on existing processes focused on efficiency and inclusiveness. Our goal is to create an engaging environment across ages to establish artist connections by exchanging best practices. It is an honor to volunteer for an organization that has been catalytic in building my art career from a hobbyist to a professional. This can be a reality for other aspiring artists too!
I have very big shoes to fill! I am incredibly grateful to Beth Okurowski and her leadership team. Beth is an asset and has been a perfect mentor.
Thank you all for your continued support and participation. Kindly renew your memberships with PAL and invite fellow enthusiasts to join us. Let’s make scope for art abundant and accessible, irrespective of the times ahead!
My best wishes to you all for an exciting 2022
Meghana Mitragotri, 2022 President, Pleasanton Art League
PAL and LAA in the News
Retiring PAL President’s Message
It is my last month as PAL’s President, and I just want to say a heart-felt word of thanks. It really has been an enormous growing opportunity for me, and I want to thank you for entrusting me with taking a turn at the helm. Having a strong team at your side makes all the difference, and I’d like to thank the PAL board, Show Chairs, Committee Chairs, and all who have volunteered in large or small ways over the past three years. It really does take a village to make it all happen, and I am so proud of all that we’ve accomplished! I would also like to thank LAA and DAC leadership, who through cooperative efforts have made each organization stronger. New and valuable friendships have been forged, which has made my journey all the richer. Our world is changing quickly, and together we’ve managed to propel forward, thrive, and achieve milestones that I could not have imagined when I started. Stay healthy, nurture your creative and unique self, and I’ll see you all next year!
With Gratitude, Beth Okurowski
2022 PAL Executive Board Elections
The following Artists were elected to the PAL Executive Board at the November General Meeting on Monday, November 8, 2021. They will begin their terms on January 1, 2022. Meghana Mitragotri will serve as President, George Garbarino will serve as Vice-President, John DeVillers will serve as Treasurer, and Jan Loomis will serve as Secretary. Thank you to the PAL Nominating Committee: Lisa Rigge, Lorraine Wells, Linda Garbarino and George Garbarino.
PAL Twelfth Annual Members Show at the Firehouse
Theme Award “Above It All”:
- Robin Leimer “Canyonlands”
- Lynda Briggs “Beyond The Surface”
- Wei-Ting Chuang “A Peaceful Corner”
- Annette Mack “The Park On Bluebell”
- Ron Rigge “The Letter”
- Alka Vaidya “Piled up Summer Shoes”
- Barbara Blissert “Venice Evening”
- Glenyse Henschel “100% Wool”
- Amy D. Leung “Bustling Downtown After Rain”
- Meghana Mitragotri “Bavarian Country Side”
- Bill Potter “Pre-COVID-Post Anxiety”
- Nancy Roberts “Diablo Foothills, October”
- Diane Rodriguez “Waiting For Hoppers”
- Tejal Shah “A Bucket Full Of Memories”
- Charlotte Severin “Conquering The Corona Virus “
- Chandana Srinath “Mother”
- Eugenia Zobel “Bountiful Harvest”
TVAST 2021 – Tri Valley Artists Studio Tour
The TVAST – Tri Valley Artists Studio Tour – was a successful and inspiring event for all the art associations and individual artists in the Tri Valley. Local people met and were introduced to local artists and art venues for the arts in our area, in some cases for the first time. Many people arrived on their bicycles via the art tour of venues created by Jennifer Huber. It was a successful art event that featured live demos by local artists, painting, sculpting and even creating gorgeous Henna art for free on visitors hands!
Many Artists displayed their work collectively at the Bothwell Art Center in Livermore, the Firehouse Art Center in Pleasanton and the Frame Company in Dublin. Several high school and college students exhibited at Art Process in Dublin. Many artists opened their own studios to show their work.
PAL TVAST Artists at the Firehouse: What an awesome weekend of the TVAST event! The team of nine PAL artists at the Firehouse Arts Center had a blast setting up and decorating studio spaces. They had constant traffic on both days with friends, family, patrons, art lovers, seniors and students visiting from and beyond the valley. We were excited to perform jewelry and painting demonstrations for people of all ages including a big group of Scouts that tried their hand on traditional watercolor and Asian brush painting techniques. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support the event which resulted in a record number of sales too! At the end of the event, artists enjoyed exchanging art and souvenirs.
PAL artists at Firehouse were: Dave Peterson, Usha Shukla, Jan Loomis, Charlotte Severin, Deepti Saraswat, Marion Huff, Wei-Ting Chuang, Rhonda Chase and Meghana Mitragotri.
Thank you to the staff at the Firehouse and to Lynda Briggs for their incredible support and having PAL artwork up on the PAL Wall upstairs during the event and until December 18. Student volunteers from Foothill and Amador High Schools in Pleasanton, and Granada High School in Livermore did a flawless job at the register with credit card, cash and check payments. PAL will sign off volunteer/service hours for these students. Thanks to fellow artists from other venues who came to the Firehouse. Our sincere thanks to Dennis Baker and Anne Giancola for their vision and work on this project. A big thank you to PAL for all the help and support including getting us this incredible venue, supplying flats and sign boards and arranging the PAL Members’ Show reception to coincide with TVAST weekend. We would love to do this again next year!
Report on PAL’s Paint Pleasanton 2021
Artists enjoyed the beautiful sunny weekend of September 25 and 26 painting in the Pleasanton Art League’s fourth annual plein air competition, “Paint Pleasanton”. If you were in Pleasanton over that weekend you may have seen some of our many participants out painting Pleasanton’s historic landmarks, buildings and vineyards. The event attracted widely recognized artists such as Carolyn Lord and Nancy Roberts.
Most artists arrived with the sun on Saturday morning and stayed until sunset to capture the charm of our local area. After a day and a half of painting the painters returned to the Museum On Main, on Main Street to set up their easels for the entire community to enjoy. It was an enjoyable and unique show of our valley and village through the artist’s eyes.
The Sunday afternoon show was enhanced by the generous donation of an impressive selection of mouthwatering cookies from our local Primrose Bakery. Inklings Coffee & Tea, also an avid supporter of our community, donated our first time “Peoples Choice Award”, won by Leta Eydelberg. Our “Best of Show” award was won by Nancy Roberts, a local resident known for her exciting depictions of our local hills, valleys, orchards and historic buildings. Judge Jody Mattison also gave out Awards of Merit to Meghana Mitragothi and Leta Eydelberg and Honorable Mention awards went to Carolyn Lord, Jennifer Huber, Brian Fulmer and Srivani Ward. It was a very enjoyable event, thanks to the Museum on Main’s generous loan of their frontage.
Paint Pleasanton Winner’s Gallery – Click on thumbnail to view full size.
- PAL members will be manning a PAL information table in front of Studio Seven Arts gallery in Pleasanton on Saturdays between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm during the summer months. If you are at the farmers market, stop by and say “hi”!
- We have worked with the Museum on Main to nail down dates for Paint Pleasanton, PAL’s annual Plein Air event and show. It will be September 25 and 26. Please check Call for Artists on the PAL website for updates as the time approaches.
- The first annual TVAST (Tri Valley Artist Studio Tour) will be on November 13th and 14th., with a Preview Show on November 11th (5:00 to 8:00 pm) at the Darcie Kent Wine Lounge. Spaces at the Bothwell Art Center, Alden Lane Nursery, and the Pleasanton Firehouse are filling up quickly. Artists are also gathering in collectives to show in the homes of artists. PAL is offering free rental space at the Firehouse to its members (over $100 value), but there are only two spaces left. Contact Usha Shukla (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested or want to learn more. Please visit https://www.allianceforthevisualarts.org/tri-valley-artist-studio-tour for information about the tour.
- The annual PAL members’ Show will be held November 6th through December 18th in the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton. This year’s theme is Above It All. As a supplement to the show this year, the TVAST event will be happening in the upstairs classrooms in the Firehouse during the same time, which creates a great synergy! Visitors can view the show in the gallery then head upstairs to watch TVAST artists demo and show their work!
- Communications volunteer needed – We are in need of someone to work with our publicity team to create and disseminate Constant Contact bulletins that go out to PAL, LAA, and DAC members. Some technical skills are required. Other similar email programs could be used instead of Constant Contact (like Mail Chimp). If you think you might be interested, please contact me at email@example.com
Have a wonderful Summer!
PAL’s Pals 2021 Virtual Show
PAL’s Pals High School and Middle School Virtual Show was found on this website from May 1 – May 31, 2021. A total of 52 entries were received (25 Middle School + 27 High School students) from 26 schools (13 Middle + 13 High Schools) in a variety of media including acrylic, oil, watercolor, alcoholic markers, colored pencils, mixed media, pencil drawing, charcoal, gouache and digital art.
View High School awards HERE. View Middle School awards HERE.
PAL’s Pals in the News
Vanessa Thomas wrote a wonderful article about PAL’s Pals for the Dublin Patch. Read it HERE.
Dolores Fox Ciadelli wrote a piece for the Pleasanton Weekly. Read it HERE.
An article also appears in The Independent. Read it HERE.
Winners of PAL’s Thirteenth Museum on Main Show
Wednesday, January 13 – Saturday, March 6, 2021
David Wagner, an art instructor at Las Positas College, judged the show awarding ribbons and Gift Cards to Way Up Art and Frame.
Winner’s Gallery – Click on thumbnail to view full size.
New Group Being Formed
Optimizing Strategies for Social Media (Catchy Title TBD): Now that PAL, LAA and DAC have Facebook, Instagram, Zoom, and Youtube accounts, we would like to form a group to spearhead the effort toward optimizing the use of these powerful social media tools. We’ve seen the benefits of working together to bring our monthly members’ meetings into our homes via Zoom. Our next step is to use our combined brain power to develop coordinated strategies for promoting our shows and events. Topics that we will be digging into include: developing content, frequency of posting, boosting and leveraging, and other methods for getting maximum exposure. Also, establishing posting standards to achieve a cohesive approach, and security. We are seeking your ideas and may also bring in outside expertise. If you are interested in being a part of this exciting group, please send an email to Beth Okurowski firstname.lastname@example.org with “social media” in the subject line.
PAL President’s January 2021 Message
“My friend, Irving Lavin, A Renaissance scholar at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, confessed that he had a horrible time writing because he never knew the beginning. Then he figured out that the paper’s beginning was not the same as beginning to write. So he just started writing about an important point in the paper and trusted that he’d find the beginning eventually. Chekhov, when asked by a nephew how he knew where to start, replied, ‘Take your blue book and tear it in half. Begin there.” There’s a difference between a work’s beginning and starting to work.
“I learned this with one of my earliest dances, The Fugue. Being a novice choreographer, I didn’t know how to begin. So I stood up in the center of the room, took a deep breath, stamped my foot, and shouted, “Begin!” Stamping the foot led me to think of the piece as tap dancing. The sound of my shoe against the floor gave me the idea of performing the piece in silence on an electronically amplified stage. To this day that’s how The Fugue starts out – with a stomp that rings in my mind “Begin!”
I guess that’s the real secret to creative preparation. If you’re at a dead end, take a deep breath, stamp your foot, and shout “Begin!” You never know where it will take you.” (From “Begin!” (Quoted from Pg. 91, Chapter 10, The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp)
With traveling curtailed, I find myself looking over some of my old paintings and wondering if they might be improved. Have I grown enough as a painter to see what went wrong in a piece from years ago? It is always satisfying to finally notice where the painting went ‘off the rails’. Sometimes, it is just an excuse to play with an image that I am not invested in. Other times, there is no saving it, and I sand it down for a new painting.
As Ms. Tharp queried, “Where to begin?” Looking at my painting through a mirror gives me a fresh look at its composition. Viewing the painting through a transparent, red plexiglass reveals where my values missed their target. Sometimes, it’s remixing the colors in a more harmonious way. Other times, cropping is the key. How do you ‘restart’ a work of art?
From Hacienda Pulse, the newsletter serving Hacienda Business Park. The Pleasanton Art League (PAL) is the only nonprofit group dedicated to the visual arts in Pleasanton. PAL’s mission is to make the visual arts an integral part of the fabric of life in the Tri-Valley by encouraging an environment that embraces creativity and its expression. Toward that end, PAL supports facilities, education programs, and events.
Interested in leading an art interest group via Zoom?
The PAL/LAA/DAC Tech Group is reaching out to members who might have an interest in leading an art interest group via Zoom. It could be in any media, or any subject. The Tech Group is happy to help with any/all technical aspects. All you need to do is come up with the idea, set a schedule, and lead the group. Your group will be featured on all three websites and social media outlets. Let’s get a few groups going! For more information, please contact Lorraine Wells at email@example.com
Looking for Demo Artists
The P AL/ LAA/DAC Tech Group is looking for demo artists to be featured in our monthly, joint- Members’ Meetings on Zoom. While experience in your subject is (of course) required, experience with creating on-line content is not. The Tech Group is ready to help you with video, sound, lighting, and take you through a practice Zoom demo. Please contact Meghana Mitragotri at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Winners of PAL’s Eleventh Annual Members’ Show
Four Seasons Award (Theme)
- Chandana Srinath—“RUTHU-Life Cycle In Seasons”
- Marie Pascal—“Rain For Christmas”
- Lynda Briggs—“Wanderland”
- Emelie Rogers—“California Poppies”
- Vanessa Thomas—“Morning Revival”
- Wei Ting Chuang—“The Words of West Wind”
Honorable Mention Awards
- Mark Mertens—“Reflections of Diablo”
- Robyn Leimer—“Winter’s Wonderland”
- Ron Rigge—“Sunol Respite”
- Susan Helmer—“Big Boy”
- Eugenia Zobel—“Mr. & Mrs. Hot Chocolate Mugs”
Click MemberShowWinners for a Gallery view of the winning entries!
A Word About the Meeting Tech Team
This team consists of Vanessa Thomas, Christine Watters, Lorraine Wells, Meghana Mitragotri and Joyce Moulden. It is currently focused on learning how to use Zoom and other online resources to host online events for our three organizations. Anyone wishing to join in the fun please contact Christine Watters at email@example.com or any team member. The only qualification is the willingness to learn.
Zoom Meeting Information will be e-mailed prior to the meeting date. Zoom is being provided by DAC (sponsored by Keypoint Credit Union and the City of Dublin).
Usha Shukla, Leadership Award
Usha has been selected to receive a 2020 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award from the Alameda County Arts Commission to recognize individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions impacting the arts community and the residents of Alameda County. Nominations were submitted by community members. The goal of the program is celebrate and highlight the important work of our arts community leaders throughout the whole County. Award recipients represent the five district areas of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. Awards will be made on October 6.
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.
PAL Contributes to Pleasanton School
Every year, Pleasanton Art League tries to make an effort to encourage and support art programs in various segments in our communities. Especially, at a time like this, when the pandemic has taken away so much from so many, PAL would like to support those who are most in need of art supplies. I am happy to share that PAL was able to contribute close to $350 to Valley View Elementary School, Pleasanton, towards glue sticks and crayons that will be used by 650 students as part of remote learning – a new way of life for us all! A big thank you to Lawrie and Leon (Beth’s Parents-in-law) for making a sizable donation towards PAL’s Scholarship funds; their contribution will make a difference to many budding artists! We truly appreciate the art teacher, Irma Grant, and her efforts in making sure that in no way are the students’ learning paths compromised, and art being an integral part of this important up-bringing.
Meghana Mitragotri PAL Scholarship Chairperson
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.