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Happy New Year All Our Members & Families

General Meeting

Monday, January 12, 2015, 7:30 pm
Cultural Arts Building
4455 Black Avenue, Pleasanton
Program by Dan Petersen, Watercolor

Time to renew your membership!

It's time to renew your PAL membership, and you can download the form right here. Current members should also receive their renewal forms by U.S. mail. Join our arts community and support PAL! Information: Diane Rodriguez, 925 462-1919 or

Message from the PAL President

Happy New Year to all! I want to extend a warm welcome to all of our new members, and especially to our new Board members, John West, our Vice President, and Linda and George Garbarino, our Workshop Chairs. We are off to a busy start: Linda and George are working on our February Workshop with Karen Frey at the Firehouse Arts Center on the 7th & 8th, and Pat Smith and Carole Hilton are preparing for our Adobe Alviso and Museum on Main shows, opening in early March. Be sure to learn how you can sign up for the Adobe Alviso Show via Eventbrite. Thank you Rebecca Chou and Pat Smith for the hours spent setting this up!

We had a lively evening at the General Meeting in December with Charlotte Severin. She demonstrated how to use paint, salts and alcohol on yupo paper, then let those of us in the audience play with her materials on a large sheet of yupo paper. A question that arose for me was: What are the benefits of working with others creating a piece of art? I asked this question to some of our members, and they stated that when one plays with art, there is no pressure. It’s an adventure and an experimentation, thus there is no wrong way to do things. Collaboration also allows the participants to spark and build on each other’s creativity. The group’s enthusiasm and self-esteem grows. A sense of community builds, and one feels supported and encouraged in making art. The resulting piece of work, as you will find to the right, is a delightful surprise.

So, perhaps a new goal for the New Year is to find a buddy or two and play with art. And don’t forget that our January demonstrator, Dan Peterson (a watercolor artist and teacher) will be at the Cultural Arts Center in Pleasanton. Come join us!

--- Lisa Rigge

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