Carol grew up in the Midwest where art, english, history and sports were some of her favorite subjects. Her mother was a self-taught watercolorist, pianist and vocalist and shared her love of the arts. The encouragement Carol was given as a young girl motivated her to not only pass on her love of art to her five children and eight grandchildren, but to pursue additional education. She attended Las Positas College to study fine arts, and then received her BFA at CSU East Bay with a focus in painting, and finally achieving her Masters in Transformation Arts at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley.
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Karen Fleschler Sharon Gardner
Upstairs in the Historic Carnegie Building, 2155 3rd Street, Livermore. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11:30 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. 925 449-9927.
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Debbie is from the proverbial family, Father a carpenter, Mother a dressmaker. She is the youngest of 5 and several of her siblings have always been artistic. She however bloomed late in life to the artistic world. Since her children are grown, and being a type “A” personality, she always has to be doing something. Several years ago she took up crocheting. She doesn’t particularly care for the normal “granny square” blankets; instead she loves to crochet animals or dolls as they seem to come alive when she is making them. Her mother taught her the chain stitch when she was young but that was about it. She is self taught and has taught herself how to read crochet patterns.
© Emily Chin
Carol is dedicated to the creative art process and passionate about pursuing both personal vision and a desire to nurture her craft. Painting and creating mixed media mask sculptures on canvas are her current mediums. She holds mask making techniques classes on an individual basis. Carol’s contemporary body of work incorporates elements of representation and abstraction.
Carol is a member of PAL, LAA, and the LAA Gallery and enjoys her wonderful studio space at the Bothwell Arts Center on 8th Street in Livermore. She states: “To ultimately have my art touch viewers’ lives on a deeper level is my motivation.” Each new experience is connecting her to an ever growing community and a desire to reach out to others.
Stop by the LAA Gallery to see Carol’s work.
3 D Artist of the Month — Barb Johnson: “I have been a potter for over 30 years. I chose clay because of the endless formations and incredible intensifying colors that can be created through the many combinations of glazes and firings. I work with three different clays; earthenware, and two high fire porcelains. Within the past three years I have expanded to mosaics using many of my handmade pieces as well as stained glass. I take much of my inspiration from nature and have incorporated the use of leaves from my garden, including grape, fig, passion vine, lotus, ivy, etc. I am not a production potter, each piece of pottery is individually created, one-of-a-kind and never exactly duplicated. All of the glazes I use are food safe and are durable enough to be used inside or out as mini ponds with water or simply for display.
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In 2014, Debbie's sister asked her if she had ever heard of “Needle Felting”. She just had to explore what that was all about, and totally fell in love with the art.
She has found a mentor that has instructed her via tutorials. After several years of learning this art, she feels that she is now ready to share her work with the outside world. Debbie feels that there are endless possibilities with this art. Needle felting is like sculpting and painting with wool
The LAA Gallery shares space with the Livermore Heritage Guild, upstairs in the historic Carnegie Library Building.
Message from Gallery Director:
It’s June already and the Gallery is almost halfway through the year. Looking back, we have achieved quite a lot with our tiny co-op. We have grown to 21 artists and 3 honorary members. Sales have doubled, almost tripled in some months. We have had two Open Houses and a renowned Guest Origami Artist in residence that have generated increased interest in our Gallery. The number of people following the Livermore Art Association and Gallery FaceBook page has grown from 113 to 165 and we have merged the two LAA gallery pages.
I look forward to the next six months!!
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2D Artist of the Month —
“Hummingbird is a watercolor painting done on watercolor canvas. I’ve been experimenting with abstract and semi-abstract painting. Working on watercolor canvas forces me to be looser in my style. I enjoy going back and forth between abstract and realistic formats.”
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© Barbara Johnson
New Gallery Member: Debbie Hussey, Felted Animals
© Karen Fleschler
Special LAA Gallery Show: April 11-June 29
Robert J. Lang. Origami Master Artist. The LAA Gallery will be exhibiting Dr. Lang's original origami from April 11 through June 29. The public is invited. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 11:30-4:00 and Sunday, 10:00-2:30.
LAA Member Profile --
© Amy Greenberg
Due to health reasons, I retired early and moved to California. I love it here. Looking back at my life, I have done my responsibilities as a daughter and a mother. Now that I am retired, I feel I earn the right to do something I really want to. We have lots of flowers in our garden. I can spend more time on what I started years ago. A room is set aside in my house with different kinds of paper, mat boards …. I spend a lot of time in my room arranging the flowers, admiring how graceful the curve of the petals and stems are. This room is my refuge and I enjoy putting the flowers I dried into pictures and cards. Since I have no formal training in art, I did not follow any rules or methodology – just do what comes to mind! I must say I like that freedom.
Every flower is different and when dried, the back is just as interesting as the front. This is why I decided to put them between a transparent media rather than paper, so one can see through it. It is so interesting and I never get bored. I hope you will enjoy them also.
New LAA Gallery Member: Emily Chin
I am Emily, a retired molecular geneticist. I was born in Hong Kong where I spent my childhood. After high school I attended college here in the United States, finished my PhD, married and have two sons, and had a successful career. My husband is a very nature oriented person and he loves flowers. While I was working, I dried and pressed some flowers and made cards and gifts for friends. It was my way of relaxing and taking my mind off my work.
2018 LAA Gallery Director: Peggy Kervin
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