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Happy Holidays to All Our Members & Families

There will be no General Program in December. We’ll see you in January!

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

“In making art, we use our bodies and our minds, our hearts and spirits. Spirit, once it comes, sits on our houlders and gives us vision and presence, brings form, and speaks to the spiritual practice of art making.” Spirit Taking Form by Nancy Azara pg 83.

I sit in my studio looking at the hand colored photograph I just completed. I am reminded of a Jungian analyst who, in a workshop I was taking, said, “You can tell if something is a work of art because the spirit of the artist lives through the work”. I ask myself, “Is my spirit in this photograph?” as I look it over once again. I think I see something that is beyond myself, and perhaps that is spirit.

More and more I hear artists say “I haven’t painted in 6 months, or I haven’t taken a photograph in over a year”.
When I hear these statements, my heart cringes. I believe we owe it to ourselves and our spirits to make weekly, if not daily, time for our art - albeit it 5-10 minutes a day, especially if unforeseen circumstances disrupts our normal art-making time.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, it is even more necessary to make this time for ourselves. It’s all too easy to put our own art on hold due to our self-imposed expectation that others need us more than our spirit does. Not true. It is the continued practice of doing art that will someday, if it hasn’t already, make your art shine with your spirit. And, it will soothe your spirit in times of stress.

May all of you have a “spirited” season in the months ahead.

--- Lisa Rigge

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