New Members: Lita Eydelbert, Bill Porter and Pamela Holoway are new LAA Members. Welcome! 

LAA Member News

​© Amy D. Leung 

LAA’s Facebook (FB) Page, Written  by Peggy Kervin 

Livermore Art Association and Gallery’s FB page has been updated and various Gallery artists have begun to post their work and news on this page.  Our mother group, the Livermore Cultural Arts Council (LCAC), just started their new FB page and I would like to follow in their footsteps. Since we have actively posted to our FB page, we have grown from 113 to 138 followers.  

To get started, create a Facebook account if you don’t already have one.  Go to on your web browser (Safari, Firefox, Chrome, etc) and click on the SIGN UP prompt; follow the instructions to start your Facebook account.  You don’t have to post on your own FB page if you don’t want to, but you will need a FB page in order to post on the Gallery FB page.

At the top of the page, there is an “f” next to a blank line and a magnifying glass icon.  Type in: Livermore Art Association and Gallery.  Once the page comes up, there will be a picture of the outside of the Gallery with three buttons underneath LIKE, FOLLOW, and SHARE.  Click on the Like and on the Follow buttons.

If you are still excited about this new social media thing, invite friends to your page and to the Gallery page.   Your page will have a button that says FRIENDS.  Click that, then click the FIND FRIENDS button.  A list will appear with their name and a prompt to Add Friends.  They have to reply back before you can add them to the Gallery page.  ENJOY!!!

Long time Livermore Art Association member Bud Donaldson has, for over 20 years, taught art to the veterans at the hospital. We thank him for getting this display of their work together so we can all enjoy it. Bud, a veteran himself, combines his two passions at the hospital: people and painting. He has weekly art classes and, as a musician, he also fills the hospital community room with his music for everyone to enjoy.

Bud Donaldson is a Jefferson Award Winner. He volunteers at the Livermore VA Medical Center. The Jefferson Award for Public Service honors outstanding Americans who are making a difference in their community. The award was founded by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr. and Samuel Beard in 1972. 

Awards, Livermore Art Association Spring Show, 2018
Livermore Art Association Awards 
Best of Show  Ron Rigge       The Chair        Photography               
            1st       Jan Loomis                 Skip One        
            2nd      Elena Morris               Seascape
            3rd       David Gates                Langtree
            HM      Norma Webb               Two Oaks 
            HM      Barbara Stanton         Rumuska St. at Sunset
            HM      Dianne Varden            Moonlight Bouquet 
            1st       Herbert Estes             Santa Maria, Portugal  
            2nd      Annette Mack             View of the Valley
            3rd       Eileen Butcher            Valley Storm
            HM      Marianne Foote           Vineyard Trail
            HM      JoAnne Koopman        Lincoln Park Shadows
            HM      Dianne Varden             Tiger 
            1st       Kevin Wright                Sunflower Lumen #2   
            2nd      Steve Gray                    Blow
            3rd       Sarah Harrington        Osprey with Fish
            HM      Steve Gray                    Southern Sea Otter    
            HM      Kerry McGehee            Water Temple Heights                        
2D       1st       Karen Barry                  Hagemann Barn
            2nd      Jan Watling                  I Chihuahua    
            3rd       Christine McCall          Frog Prince      
            HM      Christine Bourg            Great Horned Owl (Pastel)
            HM      Linda Garbarino            Lady in the Window
            HM      Viviana Leon                 Hands of Love
            HM      Maclyn Pons                 My Kitty
3D       1st       Barbara Johnson         Under the Sea Dream
            2nd      Hugh Watling               Segmented Vase
            3rd       Debbie Hussey            Wolf
            HM      Mark Knize                   Doodle
            HM      David Goosman           Red Cedar
            HM     Christine Bourg            Great Horned Owl (Ceramic)
*City of Livermore Special Awards
            Watercolor       Herbert Estes              Martinez Cove            
            Oil                      Norma Webb                Diablo Poppies
            Acrylic              Sandra Berkson           Sometime Somewhere
            Pastel/Drawing   Tom Alford                Moon Garden  
            Photography     Kerry McGehee           The Beachcomber       
            Graphic              Karen Barry                  Alviso Adobe
            3D                       Mark Knize                   Doodle 

* Livermore Special Awards are Displayed for One Month after the LAA Show  in Livermore City Hall​. 

​​​© Amy Leung 

2018 Award Winners of the Essential Figure Show
2018 Winners are:

People's Choice Award - Magdalena Bertera, Oil Painting, “Hannah in the Doorway”
Best of show - Dave Wagner, Oil Painting,    “Epiphany”
Merit award - John Tullis, Oil Painting,  “Dark Companion“
Merit award - Erika Richert, Acrylic Painting,    “Stephen Hawking #8”
Merit award - Ranjini Venkatachari, Colored Pencil,    “Dancing Queen”
Merit award - Magdalena Bertera, Oil Painting,    “Hannah in the Doorway”
Merit award - Judith Kunzlé, Acrylic Painting,    “Listening”
Merit award - Serge Kogan, Ceramic,    “The Dancer”
Honorable mention - Judith Kunzlé, Ink ,  “Tango 1”
Honorable mention -Diane Che, Acrylic Painting, “At the Exhibition”
Honorable mention - Allyn Saroyan , Photograph,  “Harmonious Arches”
Honorable mention - Erika Richert, Acrylic Painting,    “Stephen Hawking #9”
Honorable mention - Barbara Stanton, Digital Drawing,  “Green Scarf”
Honorable mention - Monica Satterthwaite, Watercolor Painting,   “Nona”
Honorable mention - Rebecca Davies, Pastel Drawing,  “Lisa”
Honorable mention - Patricia Campbell, Graphite & Chalk,  “Charlie”

Livermore Art Association

Rosemary Gallagher passed away on December 8, 2018. She was a long time member of both LAA and PAL and was seen at all the local art events. We will miss her. Condolences to her family. 

 Barbara “Bobbie” Livermore Baird,  a direct descent of Robert Livermore, passed away August 16. Holding an architect degree, Bobbie was an artist and very active in LAA, being one of the original organizers in the early shows and festivals. She also belonged to  several other local arts organizations for most of her adult life. Our thoughts & Prayers are with her family. 

 Lenore Kreit

Artists Hanging in this exhibit were Clark Ulivbarri, Army, Vietnam; Gerry Meadors, Army, Vietnam; David Paul, Army, Vietnam; Joe Ackerman, Navy, Korea; Manuel Casillas, Marines, Vietnam; Mike Manley, Army, Vietnam; Michael Sturdivan, Air Force; Ron Backdull, Marine, Vietnam; and Steven Vargason, Army, Vietnam

In Memoriam

Margo Kirkewoog passed away on March 29, 2017. Her energy and creative skills lead the Livermore Art Association to establish many art festivals and events and helped establish the LAA Gallery. Margo's community involvements were legendary. She taught art for many years. Her artwork was innovative and won many awards. Cards may be sent to the family: Arne Kirkewoog, 832 Santa Maria Ave., Los Osos, CA 93402.

A Very Special Display of Paintings by the Veterans from the Livermore VA Medical Center was displayed at the LAA Spring Show at the Barn in April, 2018. It was an honor to have them.

Carolyn Ramsey came to LAA when LAA first started. Carolyn has served as president of LAA and is also a Life member of the LAA Gallery after  several years as Director. Carolyn has taught young students in the Livermore schools. You could always find her at all of the LAA events including demonstrating at various LAA shows.

Please congratulate these two members the next time you see them.

Herman Leider has passed away last year. Herman was very active in LAA for many years and was past President, among other volunteer jobs he had. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. 

Amy D. Leung’s painting shown at Stockton’s Haggin Museum, in this year’s American Women Artists annual show has been purchased by F&M Bank: “Early Afternoon Napa Valley” is now part of the bank’s corporate collection. Contratulations Amy! 

Rosemarie is a Life member of the LAA Gallery. She  also served as the Gallery Manager for a number of years. Rose could always be found helping at all of the LAA events. She worked the cashier’s table at Art In the Vineyard and Art Under the Oaks. She also was the Hospitality chair for the Spring Art Show for many years.

 Lenore Elise Kreit was a mother, a friend, a professional and also a multi-talented artist.  Her art revealed her compassion and love for family and fellow artists, the beauty of nature and animals.  Whether it was a scene of tranquil trees in the snow or the play of light with color in her abstracts, Lenore's art portrayed her life.  In her own words, acrylics and pastels were her favorite media and life drawing and portraits had the most meaning for her.  WE remember the drawing she made of a small girl holding a flower, the look of joy along with a twinkle of mischief in her eyes.  Peace be with you Lenore.  March, 2018 ​

Two New LAA Life Members:

At a recent LAA Board meeting, the Board voted to award Rosemarie Maccairo and Carolyn Ramsey Lifetime memberships which were presented by President Walter Davies at the recent Spring Art Show at the Barn. Both of the recipients have been long-term LAA members.