Art show at the Alviso Adobe today

Pleasanton Art League hosting reception, awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m.

Art lovers or anyone looking to buy art might want to attend Pleasanton Art League's third annual Art Show at the Alviso Adobe today.

Judge Brian Mark Taylor assessed the work Thursday, in advance of a reception and award presentation from 12:30-2 p.m. today.

"It is an open show, which means you don't have to be a member of PAL," show chairwoman Pat Smith explained. "Our September show at the Firehouse is members only, but this one is open, from high school students to professional artists."

"That is what PAL is all about, encouraging art no matter what ability or age you are," she added. "We like to see people be creative."

Taylor is a noted landscape and cityscape painter who lives in Lafayette. He is also a teacher and lecturer and presented a workshop for the Pleasanton Art League at the Firehouse Arts Center.

"I was delighted to get him to judge," Smith said.

Merit award winners will receive $100, and honorable mentions will get gift certificates for Way Up Art & Frame in Livermore.

Three years ago, the art league had its first Art Show at the Alviso Adobe because the Firehouse Arts Center was not yet open.

"It worked out so well that they said, 'Can you come back?'" Smith recalled. "We said, 'Sure.' We fell into that date (first weekend in March) because so many things are going on after that."

Pleasanton Art League members also display their works year-round at the Firehouse Arts Center on the Nancy Thompson Memorial Wall, taking turns for one month.

"We have artists lined up for two years," Smith said. "I sold two paintings that I had hanging there for a month."

She estimated that 90% of the art on display at the Alviso Adobe will be for sale.

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