Livermore Art Association

LAA Member News

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.

In Memoriam

We were sad to learn that Herman Leider has passed away. 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. 

Message from Peggy, February 2018

The Christmas decorations are down in The Gallery but the lights will stay on!!  The overall parleys about the lights were to keep them through the year.  Remember, this is a co-op and The More (Input) The Merrier!  Feel free to contact me and let me know your ideas.

Some updates:  Sue Vincent has volunteered to replace me as the 3D Curator.  She has been at the Gallery starting her 3rd year, and has just opened her own pottery and art studio in Livermore (Springtown Art Center, see more about her passion in this issue.)  We also welcome back Sharon and Bob Gardner, who took a hiatus from the Gallery a couple of years ago.  They had been artists in the Gallery since its inception on Sept 15, 1974. Sharon’s Japanese braiding and weaving items and Bob’s unique pottery will be displayed in the 3D section of the Gallery.  By now the jury selection is complete for Debbie Hussey and her felted animals; we continue to be in awe of her talent.  As a co-op, our members made these changes possible.

As I walk through the LAA Gallery, I see energy and creativity exploding.  Kerry McGehee has her 2018 calendars on sale, so don’t miss out!  There are only a few left and they are crammed with enduring photos of the Livermore area.  Valentine quilling cards are multiplying from Jan Watling; her whales and bees are heart-ing each other.  Sue Principe has added beautiful new heart plates on her display, replacing those cute snowmen.  If you are looking for a heart rattle, you can find one in Barb Johnson’s display.   We also have a world traveler, Barbara Stanton; her article about her journey to Prague in this issue reminds us that change is rewarding.

The LAA Gallery is a co-op and all of the day-to-day positions are filled thanks to Caryne.  But the upcoming Spring Art Show is another matter; we need many more volunteers for the annual LAA supported show on April 5-8.  Steve Rodriguez would like an assistant to help in organizing the event; there are openings for the gift shop sales, for food at the reception, for registration, the list goes on.  I also need help in getting the pedestals used at the Spring Art Show to the LAA Gallery for our April Guest Artist and LAA meeting presenter on Monday, April 9, Robert Lang.  Give me or Steve a call if you are interested in helping out with any of the above. 

I am humbled by the incredible talent in our Gallery.  I would encourage each of you to challenge yourself and do that one thing you have been thinking about but avoiding!  We are also planning to be open on Monday and Tuesday before Valentine’s Day and hope to see lots of hearts in the Gallery then.

New LAA Gallery Director: Peggy Kervin 

Sue Vincent: Springtown Art Center

Have you always wanted a place to have fun and be creative? This is it. We are revitalizing the Springtown area by adding a place where anyone can find their inner artist and create!! We offer art classes for kids and adults. We have membership opportunities for those who just need a place to create without taking a class. There will be occasional Family Clay Days. We offer Mommy (or Daddy) and Me art classes for the very young and young at heart, Clay 101 for adults, Intro to clay for the kids and private wheel lessons for really dedicated artists. Ask about Birthday Parties, Girls Night Out Parties & more!!!
Springtown Art Center opened it’s doors in June of 2017 by LAA member Sue Vincent and Stacey Ballard. “We needed a place to work after losing the use of meet mART studios to the bulldozers” they said. As it turns out this is a much better location for the kinds of art we make, teach and sell. Springtown is in need of a revival of sorts since the golf course closed so it is a match made for us. Vincent loves the fact that her studio space is right in her backyard. This allows her to work any time the creative bug strikes...even in the middle of the night. Vincent loves teaching her art so if you want to learn just come on over and check it out.

Springtown Art Center is located at 931 Larkspur Dr., Livermore, CA 94551
Call Sue at 408.836.3029  or email|