The Livermore Art Association (LAA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1957 to promote public interest and appreciation in the fine arts and in the fine crafts, as well as to encourage the artistic progress and the development of its membership. We invite you to become a member of LAA. LAA membership is open to anyone interested in the fields of arts and crafts. Learn more about LAA.
The Art Under the Oaks application release is delayed until March 24.
Dates of Interest
LAA/PAL General Meeting Monday, March 10, 7:30 pm Guest Artist: Lea DeCosta, Collage
Lea DeCosta cannot think of a time when she did not love art. Drawing constantly as a child, she dreamed of attending art school, and began building up her art resume in high school to better her chances of being accepted. She entered contests, served as art editor of the yearbook and newspaper committees, and designed and made costumes for school theatrical productions. She earned money for college by painting images on anything that wasn’t moving, including cars (parked) and classmates’ denim jackets (a staple in her native New Jersey)! Her efforts paid off, and she happily left home to attend the school of her choice. Everything was wonderful except for one thing…for reasons she could not explain at the time, she HATED it! Really hated it! Sticking it out just long enough to complete the school’s year-long foundation program, she surprised her friends and teachers, (and herself more than anyone) by transferring her credits to Rutgers University, where she completed a Bachelors Degree in Art History, and a Masters Degree in Management and Labor Relations.
Over the next 25 years, she married and had children, had a successful career in international Human Resources, taught cooking classes, and received integrative health counseling certificates from Columbia University Teacher’s College and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She worked as a counselor helping individuals with food choices, motivation, goal setting, etc., created wellness pod casts for a major biotech company of several hundred people, and oddly enough, did not draw or paint at all during this time. “I felt as though I had lost my skills in this area after taking a break from it for so long, and really didn’t know where to start again, but the desire was back. I couldn’t even walk past a blank piece of paper without stopping to touch it!”
Lea was able to reconnect with her art background about 2 1/2 years ago after joining a collage and mixed media group just south of New York City. She chose collage because of its “forgiving” nature, and lack of drawing skills required, and hasn’t looked back since. Amazingly, not only did collage help her get back into art, but in a very short period of time, it allowed her to become a better, and freer artist, than she ever was before. In 2013 she moved from New Jersey to California, where she has enjoyed meeting many west coast artists. She will be teaching a local collage and mixed media class beginning in March at Bothwell, and just launched The Care and Feeding of Artists www.CareAndFeedingofArtists.com to help other creative people, connect, learn and support one another.
PAL Alviso Adobe Show March 7-9, 2014
LAA Spring Art Show April 5 and 6, 2014. Reception, which is free and open to the public, is April 5th, 7:00pm - 9:00 pm. The LAA annual Spring Art Show is coming to the Barn at 3131 Pacific Avenue, Livermore on April 5th & 6th. This is the biggest exhibit of the year for the Livermore Art Association, drawing artists from all over the Bay Area. It is open to the public and admission is free. Hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. Most artwork is for sale, and there will be an additional sales room with original art, crafts, cards and prints.