Livermore Art Association

Meetings 


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  • February 12,  2018 Elisa Kleven, Author and Illustrator of Childrens Bookswww.elisakleven.com
  • March 12:  Robin Purcell, Watercolorist, Meeting will be in Pleasanton. .
  • April 9, 2018  Robert Lang, Master Origami Artist. Program will be in Livermore.  www.langorigami.com 
  • May 14, 2018: Program in Pleasanton. Program to be announced.
  • June 11, 2018  Program in Livermore. 


The public is welcome at all LAA & PAL meetings, free of charge. Bring a friend!

​​​​See Photo Gallery for previous meeting photos. 

Next General Meeting


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  • February 12,  2018 Elisa Kleven, Author and Illustrator of Childrens Bookswww.elisakleven.com
  • March 12:  Robin Purcell, Watercolorist, Meeting will be in Pleasanton. .
  • April 9, 2018  Robert Lang, Master Origami Artist. Program will be in Livermore.  www.langorigami.com 
  • May 14, 2018: Program in Pleasanton. Program to be announced.
  • June 11, 2018  Program in Livermore. 


Elisa sums up her whole career with the following statement.

“I write and illustrate picture books because I've never outgrown a deep childhood urge to enter a magical world. As a child growing up in Los Angeles, I wished that my huge city could be more like the places in the books that I loved -- places where forests grew and seasons changed, where animals talked and anything was possible. I envied those characters who slid down rabbit holes, or visited with Charlotte and Wilbur, or flew with Peter Pan, or floated with Mary Poppins, or journeyed to Oz.

“Since I couldn't actually visit these wonderful worlds (except, of course, by reading), I made small imaginary worlds of my own, using the materials at hand. My favorite project was an intricate dollhouse in my closet.  The house was filled characters and settings which I fashioned from paper, cloth, clay, nutshells, sea shells, bread dough, even dried apples. (I had a few "bought" toys, too.) I'd lose myself for hours making up stories about these little people. I loved to make them treasures from scraps of this and that: a paper doily would become a lace tablecloth; half a walnut shell would be a baby's cozy cradle; a postage stamp would make a lovely portrait on the wall. Around the dollhouse I painted a mural, a fanciful landscape of forests, fields, mountains, blue skies - the world that I wished I could live in.

“I no longer play in a dollhouse, but I'm still making miniature worlds inside my books -- inventing characters and giving them stories and settings.  And I'm still using scraps to create these worlds. My creative childhood play was the most important preparation  for my adult work. 

www.elisakleven.com

Mark Your Calendar--Upcoming LAA/PAL General Meetings

Elisa Kleven, Author and illustrator of Childrens Books will be LAA guest artist on February 12, 7:30 pm at the Bothwell Art Center, 2466 8th Street, Livermore. 

Mark Your Calendar--Upcoming LAA/PAL General Meetings