Program by Anna Edwards, who works in Acrylics, demonstrated  abstracts influenced by her experiences growing up on Sugar Hill.

General Meetings are Shared with the Pleasanton Art League.

They are always open to the public. Free Admission. Bring a Friend.  

June's General Meeting was Monday, June 11, 7:30 pm at the

Bothwell Arts Center. Guest Artist: Anna Edwards, Acrylic Abstracts. 

7:30 pm at the Cultural Arts Building in Pleasanton

Bev Lindsay  demonstrated Painting by Pouring, Acrylic,with assistance from Pat  Smith.

POURING Acrylic paint? Really? Anyone could do that! And as it turns out, that’s true.  But those of you who have learned many of the basics of art—composition, color harmony, value, focal point, etc. are way ahead of the game. You can use that knowledge to make something really delightful, and have a good time doing it! Here are some examples of my earliest poured paintings:

May's General Meeting was held May 14, 2018 

LAA and PAL members who joined together for the Annual Potluck and Social had a wonderful time at the Charles R Winery. 

Next year we hope more members will join us. 

A big thank you to Peggy Kervin for our set up at the winery and Bonnie Bartlett for the use of the Winery.

                    Respectfully submitted, 
                    Diane Rodriguez, 

Livermore Art Association

Robert J. Lang, Origami Master 

We are sorry if you missed it!  However, In conjunction with the meeting, the Livermore Art Association Gallery, upstairs in the Carnegie Building, 2155 3rd Street, Livermore, will be exhibiting Dr. Lang's original origami from now through June 29. The public is invited. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 11:30-4:00 and Sunday, 10:00-2:30. Free admission. 

 ​Robert J. Lang has been an avid student of origami for over forty years and is now recognized as one of the world’s leading masters of the art, with over 500 designs catalogued and diagrammed. He is noted for designs of great detail and realism, and includes in his repertoire some of the most complex origami designs ever created. His work combines aspects of the Western school of mathematical origami design with the Eastern emphasis upon line and form to yield models that are at once distinctive, elegant, and challenging to fold. They have been shown in exhibitions in New York (Museum of Modern Art), Paris (Carrousel du Louvre), Salem (Peabody Essex Museum), San Diego (Mingei Museum of World Folk Art), and Kaga, Japan (Nippon Museum Of Origami), among others.

In 1992 Dr. Lang became the first Westerner ever invited to address the Nippon Origami Association’s annual meeting; he has since been an invited guest at international origami conventions around the world. He lectures widely on origami and its connections to mathematics, science, and technology, and teaches workshops on both artistic techniques and applications of folding in industrial design.

Josh will also show several of his large vessels at the LAA Gallery from August 29 until mid-November. Please drop in to see these beautiful works of art. 

Future Meetings......

November 12 General Meeting of LAA & PAL:  Monday,  11/12/18, 7:30 pm, Bothwell Art Center, Livermore.

​                    Guest Artist: Josh Latkin, Ceramics  

Anna says, “The Neighborhood, the Music and the Musicians influenced my art when I started painting some 25 years later. The urban landscape has been my focus, because cities have always held a special fascination for me.” The sights and sounds of the urban landscape weave a distinctive tapestry of color and texture throughout her work. Painting city scenes triggers the memory and emotions of travel from Sugar Hill and beyond. “I want the viewer to be drawn into the work, spending time looking and experiencing what a city is, stimulating their imagination”. Anna’s goal is to engage the viewer in a visceral way, hearing the noise, breathing in the smells and feeling the place one feels visiting a city for the first, fourth or fortieth time.

LAA & PAL Potluck & Social, September 10 at Charles R. Winery 

They have some color harmony, some value variety, some basic composition. Very fun, very exciting to watch what the colors do as the paint decides how to flow. Then the challenge is how to manipulate the paint on the canvas and cover the entire canvas for optimal results. There are quite a few ways to manipulate and modify the painting after it covers the canvas.  I haven’t even tried all of them. 

Was our Guest at the April 9. 2018 Meeting 

Here’s how sharing works: Each PAL or LAA member is invited to bring one work of art to share with the group for an evening about you. Each artist will be asked to share their art process and art tips with our members about her/his work of art in about a three to five-minute of sharing. All work will be displayed, even if you don’t care to share with the group, but would just like to have everyone see one of you new works of art that you haven’t shown before. 

Refreshments will be served at the halfway point in the meeting. Please plan to join us for this live art share event.

Members have asked us to repeat this fun event that we tried about three years ago for a General Meeting.


Recent Meetings  ........

Anna grew up in New York City, and lived on Sugar Hill, a small enclave, north of Harlem. Sugar Hill in the 1950s and 1960s was an exciting place to grow up. She heard stories of all of the famous African Americans who had lived there during the glamour of the Harlem Renaissance. The neighborhood was home to Duke Ellington, his sidemen Harry Carney, Johnny Hodges and Russell Procope. Her neighbors, Helen and Russell Procope, adopted her as the child they didn’t have. They opened up a whole new world for Anna, of jazz and the musicians who made the music come alive not only for Anna, but for the neighborhood and the world. 

All LAA and PAL General Meetings are Free and Open to the public.  Bring a friend! 

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One of George Garbarino's latest work 

Next General Meeting of LAA & PAL:

Monday, October 8, 7:30 pm, Cultural Arts Building, 4455 Black Ave., Pleasanton. Share Your Art Evening. Bring an example of your latest work!