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'Imagination Expressed 2019' exhibit opens in Pleasanton

PAL, Museum on Main showcase talents of Tri-Valley artists

"Curtain Time" by Linda Garbarino is among the artworks featured in the "Imagination Expressed 2019" exhibit at the Museum on Main, spotlighting art by members of the Pleasanton Art League.

The creativity of Tri-Valley artists is on display -- and on sale -- at Pleasanton's Museum on Main.

The Pleasanton Art League has partnered with the nonprofit museum on the 12th annual "Imagination Expressed" exhibition, which celebrated its opening reception last weekend ahead of its six-week run in the downtown museum.

"There is something for everyone to enjoy at this show," said Christine Bourg, who is serving as exhibit co-chair with Carole Hilton.

"Visitors walking into the museum are struck by the variety of mediums used -- watercolors, oils, ceramics, jewelry, linocuts and woodcuts, pencil, pastel, charcoal, photography -- as well as the variety of subject matter: landscapes, local and international historical buildings and scenes, portraits, abstracts of steel structures and splash/pour renderings, animals, water/ocean scenes, jewelry and flowers," Bourg told the Weekly.

"This year's version of Imagination Expressed promises to engage the eye, the mind and the soul with a wide variety of distinctive viewpoints and styles," museum curator Ken MacLennan added.

The annual showcase of Tri-Valley artists' talents has taken over the rotating exhibition space at the Museum on Main, with jewelry, ceramics and paintings lining the walls and paintings and other drawings displayed on temporary panels in the center.

The dozens of artworks span the medium spectrum.

Examples include display cases with painted ceramics by Eugenia W. Zobel and original jewelry from Rhonda Chase.

There are Pleasanton paintings like "Kolln Hardware Building" by Charlotte Severin, "Alviso Adobe" by Helene Roylance and "Seward Johnson Came to Town" by Stephen Barkkaire.

The San Francisco cityscape was the setting for "An Evening by the Bridge" by Rucha Chattur. And Larry Lagin found himself inspired by a Holocaust photograph, which he recreated as a charcoal drawing in "Starving Jewish Children in Warsaw Ghetto," which will also be featured as part of "We Remember: A Holocaust Memorial Exhibit" coming to Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore in April.

"Inspiration is drawn from many, many sources," Bourg said. "Travel always inspires artists; viewing nature, even in your own backyard; stories of history or current news; love of historic events, places or structures; using new materials or media to challenge and broaden yourself; and everyday scenes from life."

Many of the artworks are available for purchase as well, with the museum set to receive 10% of the proceeds from all sales, according to MacLennan.

Also in support of the exhibit, PAL members are set to appear at the museum in the weeks ahead to demonstrate their methods and conduct family art classes. The schedule has not been confirmed yet, but it will be announced soon on the museum's website and Facebook page, according to MacLennan.

"Imagination Expressed 2019" runs through Feb. 24 at the museum, located at 603 Main St. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. To learn more, visit www.museumonmain.org.

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