Livermore Art Association
LAA Member News & Awards
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.
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.
Commission for Art, City of Livermore Awards
3D David Goodman Berberis Rootball
Oil / Acrylic Linda Ryan Ebbtide #1
Other 2D Karen Barry Waiting for the Train
Drawing Margaret Antoroff Fred
Photography Craig Varden Taipei Tea Break
Photography Ron Rigge Rust
Watercolor Carol Gaskins Beets
A Very Special Display of Paintings by the Veterans from the Livermore VA Medical Centerwas displayed at the LAA Spring Show at the Barn in April, 2018 and again April, 2019. It was an honor to have them.
Moving LAA Equipment from the Barn:
On June 12, a group of highly talented movers assembled at the Barn for the move out of the Barn where we had stored our equipment for several years.
Mark Edwards, Kathy Hill, Jeff Johnson, Christine McCall, Bill Potter, David Rice, Ron Rigge, Stephen Rodriguez, Allyn Saroyan, Craig Varden and Norma Webb made the move in record time. (Jeff is not pictured; he had to get back to work.)
Carolyn 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.
2019 Alameda County Fair Childrens Art Awards
Awarded by the Livermore Art Association
Best Oil or Acylic Painting 9-11 Luciana Sempronio Besties
Best Oil or Acrylic Painting 12-14 Sabrina Cox Violet Sunset
Best Oil or Acrylic Painting 15-17 Amy McGowan Red Sails
Best Black & White Drawing 9-11 Abigail Hall Rapunzel
Best Black & White Drawing 12-14 Sarah Sun Unique Rendition
Best Black & White Drawing 15-17 Juliette Bercalves Abuela
Best Pastel 9-11 Cielle Hanrahan Eye Single to Glory of God
Best Pastel 12-14 Abhiraj Bhashkar Moonlit Lake
Best Pastel 15-17 Parker Graham Lonesome
Best Watercolor 9-11 Penelope Webb Birdopolis
Best Watercolor 12-14 Sarah Sun Painting!
Awards were presented by LAA president Clark Streeter in July. LAA has sponsored these awards at the Fair for many years.
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.
Paint Livermore Report:
25 artists painted in the beautiful Livermore area for three days, May 31 and June 1 & 2. coming from as far away as Vacaville, San Francisco, and Sunnyvale.The weather was perfect and the artists were enthusiastic about the Livermore subjects to paint. They turned in great paintings of the downtown area, little cottages & old houses, vineyards & hills, the downtown area and of course the historic Carnegie Building. Three paintings were sold during the display Sunday afternoon.
Rosemarie is a also a Life member of the LAA Gallery. She a 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
See LAA Gallery Page for Art in the Park Report
© Carol Gaskins, Beets
Long-time residents, Clark and his wife Kathy, who has also been very active in the arts community, came to Livermore in 1964 where he worked at the Lab for 40 years. In his retirement he has focused on promoting the Arts – with a capital A! Currently he is involved in AVA, Alliance for the Visual Arts, where he is treasurer of this fairly new organization (see his article below.) In January Clark took over the mantle of President for LAA and we are very happy to have him guiding us.
Clark can be called a renaissance man; he is an actor, pianist, painter, set designer, and has been pursuing photography since 1985 when upon entering his first show he received Second place; two years later he placed First and several Honorable Mentions. For seven or more years he has been photographing dancers from the Valley Dance Theatre. At the 2019 LAA Spring Show at the Barn, we all remember one of Clark’s big ballet photographs which was displayed front-and-center for all to see. He likes showing his work to the public.
Clark is now looking to branch out and find other subject matter to photograph. He has been exploring landscapes and is interested in figures as well. We look forward to seeing his entries in the next LAA Show. In the meantime, he is busy behind the scenes working with the City of Livermore to promote LAA and all the other arts organizations he belongs to.
Awards, Livermore Art Association
Spring Show at the Barn April 6-7, 2019
Judge Leslie Wilson was extremely delighted
by the quality of the work!
Best of Show: Herb Estes Obidos, Portugal
Oil / Acrylic
First Linda Ryan Ebb Tide #1
Second Diane Rodriguez Below the Plateau
Third Lynn Shephard Cyclic Space
HM Norma Webb Perfect Oak
HM Herb Estes Delightful Day at the Gate
First Carol Gaskins Beets
Second Diane Rodriguez Black Widow
HM Helene Roylance Wyoming Wild Horses Sanctuary
HM Michelle George St. Michael’s
First Craig Varden Taipei Tea Break
Second Lisa Rigge Summertime Chair
Third Barbara Mallon Avoiding Puddles
HM Ron Rigge Rust
HM Clark Streeter Duet
First Maryann Kot Sentry Duty
Second Carolyn Rowe Silk
Third George Canberg Where Do We Go From Here?
HM Linda Hopwood Orange on the Shelf #2
HM Charlotte Severin Sierra Spring Runoff
Graphic - Drawing, Linocut, Woodcut, Dry Point, Etching, Mono Print
First Karen Barry Waiting for the Train
Second Alan Fong Abstract #5
Third Barbara Stanton Red Reflections
3D - Clay, Wood, Jewelry, Glass, Gourd, Basket, Sculpture
First Jan Watling Color of the Valley
Second Christine Watters Tea Cups
Third Barbara Johnson Sea Bloom
HM Marjorie Haggin Jackpot
HM Sue Vincent
LAA Life Memers: Rosemarie Maccairo and Carolyn Ramsey
Art Sculpture Silver Award David Goosman Corobolo
Honorable Mention David Goosman Olive
Photography Best of Class, Portrait Olga Sushchik Boyaryna
Best of Class, Color Lisa Rigge Looking for Salvation
Best of Class, Alternative Vanessa Thomas Poppy Delight
Silver Award Ron Rigge Carrizo Superbloom
Silver Award Barbara Mallon Great Horned Owl
Silver Award Barbara Mallon Avoiding Puddles
Honorable Mention Richard Finn Lilac Roasted Roller
Honorable Mention Olga Sushchik Old Knight
Honorable Mention Richard Finn Zebras & Flamingo
Fine Art Best of Class, Aqua Media Maureen B. Morley Perfect Fit
Best of Class, Prints Karen Barry The Wine Muse
Best of Class, Computer Barbara Stanton Muse at Rest
State Parks 1st Award Meghana Mitragoti Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Silver Award Kaye Strickland Dad’s Birthday?
Silver Award Karen Barry Waiting for the Train
Silver Award Barbara Stanton European Romance
Silver Award Robyn Leimer Late Afternoon Shadows
Honorable Mention Norma Webb Diablo
Honorable Mention Maureen Morley Museum on Main
Honorable Mention Helene Roylance Wild Horse Sanctuary
Honorable Mention Kathleen Hill Second Thoughts
Essential Figure Show, May 3-5 2019 Awards:
People's Choice: Kimberly Votaw )
Best of Show: Doug Sandelin, Odalisque, Watercolor
Erika Richard, Bill #7, Acrylic
Craig Janke, Bob, Crayon
Clayton THiel, Little Eagle Woman, Ceramic
Barbara Staanton, Aaron Crouching, Digital Drawing
David Ernst, Eyes Closed, Watercolor
Lorraine Bruce, 2 Minute Warm-up, Charcoal Pencil
Lisa Larsen, Samurai Heaven, Acrylic
John Tullis, Gremlin, Pastel / Charcoal
Joanne Sterricker, The Whittler, Pastel
Doug Sandelin, Ash-Shaitan, Mixed Media
Diane Che, Self Portrait with Pink Hanbok & Cats, Oil
Michele Tilford, Slumber, Mixed Media
Allyn Saroyan, Ballet, Photography
LAA wishes to thank the Livermore Opera and Jim Schmidt for making space for us in their storage facility.
2019 Alameda County Fair Fine Art, Photography & Sculpture Awards
to LAA and PAL Members :
Mary Toman, June 13, 1929 to June 27, 2019, was a well known award winning watercolor colorist and long time member of LAA and PAL. She is survived by her large family of five children and 10 grandchildren.
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.
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
Lee Dravidzuis passed away August 17, 2019. He was living in Petersburg, Ill. Lee graduated from California College of Art, was technical animator at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, belonged to several watercolor societies in California, and was a talented wood worker. He was preceded in death by his first wife Oneida Stowe Dravidzuis and survived by his second wife Carla.
Clark Streeter has been President of LAA since January; We have been trying to write up some information so that our members will get to know him like the LAA Board does. Christine Watters caught Clark in a weak moment & interviewed him for the Portfolio. He has a great deal of experience serving on the Boards of various arts groups such as the Symphony, Livermore Culture Arts Council, President for 4 years, Cask & Mask in 1970s, Encore Players (president 3 years) and many other local organizations. He joined LAA in 2011.
Other Recent Awards
Jan Watling won Best of Show in the Uncorked Show at the Delta Gallery, Brentwood. Congratulations Jan! The artwork on the right is Paper Art!
Bill Zobel passed away on November 17th. Bill was the husband of Eugenia Zobel and, even though he wasn’t an artist, he was the PAL treasurer for 21 years. Bill was born in Philadelphia and was an Army veteran. He worked as a civil engineer and also in life insurance. They were married for 48 years. Our condolences to Eugenia and his family. There will be a memorial at Wente Vineyards, 5565 Tesla Road, Livermore on Tuesday, February 4 from 3:00 to 5:00.
Our judge was Chella Gonsalv from Modesto; she had a difficult time picking the winners and had many compliments about the work. Merit Awards went to Kristian Matthews and Steven McDonald. Honorable Mentions went to Margarita Anderson, Mark Monsarrat and Vincent Walsh. The Downtown Award went to Simon Archer with a Special Certificate to Breanna Kiyoi of Livermore.
Congratulations to all who participated, and thank you for coming! We plan on doing this again in 2020. Dates will be June 5, 6 and 7. Plan on it! Diane & Stephen Rodriguez & Norma Webb chaired the event.
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