DAC Members Participating in EBOS

East Bay Open Studios is a local tradition offering self-guided tours of Artists Studios and Exhibition Spaces. The public can meet the artists, learn techniques, inspirations, and backgrounds of the Artists work from the Artists themselves. Local Artists from Livermore, Dublin, and Pleasanton are participating this year.

Vanessa Thomas, “Butterflies in Poppies,” Digital Watercolor

Vanessa Thomas

Photographer, Digital Media Artist
To see more art by Vanessa Thomas, visit Fables and Flora.

Karen Scott, Handcrafted Paper Beaded Jewelry

Karen Scott

Handcrafted Jewelry

Dennis Baker, “Untitled”, Oil

Dennis Baker

Oil Painter, Mixed Media Artist.

Robert Bennett, “Old Man”, Bronze

Robert Bennett

Sculptor, Painter

Jen Huber, “Sirens”, Acrylic

Jen Huber

Mixed Media Artist
To see more work by Jen Huber, visit her blog, Stories From My Head.

Sarah Wang, “Untitled”, Gouache & Ink

Sarah Wang

Watercolorist, Oil Painter, Mixed Media Artist

Sawsan Wolski, “Warrior 2”, Oil

Sawsan Wolski

Oil Painter, Mixed Media Artist

Lorraine Wells, “Untitled”

Lorraine Wells

Watercolorist

Chandana Srinath, “Prasanta”, Acrylic

Chandana Srinath

Tribal Artist

Andrea McCoy Harvey, Oil Painting

Andrea McCoy Harvey

Oil Painter, Mixed Media Artist

An interview with Makenna Toney creator of the “Stop Killing Us” artwork

Dublin High School 2020 Graduate and artist Makenna Toney, created an artwork entitled “Stop Killing Us” in response to the the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Stop Killing Us” painting by Makenna Toney

We approached Makenna about her creative process when painting the piece and these are her responses:

Q. In a time where many have been reflective about what they care about and what they value. What struck you most about the black lives matter movement?

A: As a black women myself I have always felt the pain and injustice embedded in me by my ancestors, so whenever I see injustice against my people regardless of its directed at me or someone else, I feel the hurt and pain of that person. Throughout the movement I’ve realized that I’m not the only person who feels it, and I was blown away by the way that people reacted. I was empowered seeing people from all walks of life get up and stand together to fight the injustice of the systematic oppression of my people.

Q. Describe your thought process when creating your artwork.

A: When creating this piece I wanted people to feel the magnitude of what they were seeing not just in my art but in the world. When making the piece it was a very draining process and I felt as if was putting all the pain of the people into the art, there were times where I wanted to stop because it felt so overwhelming, but that was the point of making this – not everything is rainbows and daisies. When seeing this piece I wanted people to take into account of every aspect of the painting, the size, the colors, the expression, the fact that I couldn’t fit all the names of the people who were wrongfully killed, and its a big painting (5′ by 5′). So when you see the piece I want it to sink in that this isn’t a new issue, and that we are sick and tired of being sick and tired.

Q. How would you expect viewers to respond to the piece?

A: I would expect a lot of different reactions from different types of people. Those who are living it and understand it, those you aren’t living it but want change, those who don’t like it or think that its not appropriate, those who may want to destroy it because they know its true and they’ve stood by as it happened and now are angry with themselves so they project it onto whatever they can and maybe those who think it isn’t a problem in the first place. The reaction of the person depends on if they are actually listening and thinking, not just looking but seeing what is.

Q. Have you been moved to create an artwork like this before in response to events happening around you? Have you produced any other artwork during lockdown?

A: The reason I create art in the first place is to cope with the traumas of life that I’ve been through. It’s my outlet to say the things that I could never actually say. The reason I’m alive today is because I have art to get me through the traumatic things that have happened to me in my life, and one of the weird things about me is that I can feel others pain as well. so when make art its not just for me but for those who didn’t know they needed it.

I’ve been constantly making art during the lockdown, you know this lockdown has forced me to be alone in my head and decide whether I like myself, and I cant always express myself verbally so I’ll get whatever I have to say down on paper in some sort of image whether or not it completely makes sense, I just do it and then figure it out later.

Q. How has your family responded to your creation?

A: my family has had a really great response to it. I’m from a mixed race family half white, half black and from both sides of my family they really took it in and realized its power. I have two older brothers and I feel like they really relate to this piece because in this world they have a huge target on their backs because they are black men and they understand that in this world they have to be very cautious when trying to live. I feel like my family is proud that I’ve used my talent to make something not for myself but for the people, and I think that speaks volumes.

Makenna Toney

May 31st #DailyTapestry Creative Challenge Ends Today!

We have come to the end of our creative challenge to lift our spirits and spur creativity during coronavirus Shelter-In-Place

Thanks to all of you who joined in the fun, made creative videos and participated in the challenge!

We will let you know when the creative works produced and captured during this challenge will be exhibited. The video below contains a few examples of contributions to date.

May 31st Daily Tapestry Final Submission Day! You can still submit until midnight!

  • The prompt for today’s #DailyTapestry Challenge is: 
  • TIME CAPSULE: find a box (you know you’ve got plenty around right now) have each person (and pet) select something to put inside that is (or is not) meaningful, take a photo of the box with everything inside, close it and seal it. Have everyone write two to three sentences about their choice (truthful, creative or otherwise) and seal them all in an envelope. Don’t forget to write a short sentence for each of the pet’s contributions. DON’T OPEN THEM until the stay at home order is lifted. Then as a group talk about the items and what you each wrote.
  • Draw a picture, send a photo, or video and tag it #DailyTapestry

Post your art or thoughts with the  #DailyTapestry.

Here is a list of all the Challenge Prompts for May 2020:

  1. Send us a photo of your fav neighborhood sidewalk art. by Sawsan Wolski
  2. What fun game is your family playing? by Jennifer Huber
  3. Escape room challenge by Summer Ellis 
  4. Things we will do better tomorrow! by Vanessa Thomas
  5. What money can’t buy. by Kathy Young
  6. What wildlife do you notice now? by Dennis Baker
  7. A story (or haiku) from your pet’s point of view by Claudia McCormick
  8. Recreate a scene – movie / work of art using what you have at home by Jamee Sicat
  9. Create something fun with your family! by La Shawn Butler
  10. What’s your favorite/ funniest memory of your Mother? by Mayor David Haubert
  11. Finding the hidden treasures in our storage. by Shweta Agrawal
  12. What makes the world a better place? by Janet Lockhart
  13. Clouds by Jennifer Huber
  14. Read anything good lately? by Dublin Arts Collective
  15. What is the quirkiest science/nature fact you have learned? by Olga V Mack
  16. My masked family portrait or selfie. by Jennifer Huber
  17. Tell us what you are cooking today! by CouncilMember Melissa Hernandez
  18. Provide inspiration for another: what inspires you? by Jennifer Huber
  19. Do you have a trophy around your house? by Fatima from The Trophy House
  20. Tell us your favorite Children’s book by Gina at Destination Baby
  21. This is tough, but so am I. by Tilden Huber
  22. My refrigerator (inside) is talking to me: write a story by Tilden Huber
  23. I am up to my eyeballs in….by Dublin Arts Collective
  24. What is now a treat that used to be a chore by Jennifer Huber
  25. Share your humorous quote! by Jennifer Huber
  26. What new creation /systems have you been inspired to create? by Beth Okurowski
  27. What has become your favorite gadget? by Dublin Arts Collective
  28. What 2 items would you take with you into exile? by Dublin Arts Collective
  29. What passion or hobby have you rediscovered? by Katherine Utsumi
  30. What is your Quarantine Fashion? by Tilden Huber Incoming DHS Freshman
  31. Make a Time Capsule by Steve Minniear

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#DailyTapestry: May 31, 2020 prompt from Steve Minniear

challenge to lift our spirits and spur creativity during coronavirus Shelter-In-Place

Challenge: Sunday, May 31st, 2020 provided by Dublin Historian Steve Minniear and interpreted by Vanessa Thomas

May 31st Daily Tapestry 

  • The prompt for today’s #DailyTapestry Challenge is: 
  • TIME CAPSULE: find a box (you know you’ve got plenty around right now) have each person (and pet) select something to put inside that is (or is not) meaningful, take a photo of the box with everything inside, close it and seal it. Have everyone write two to three sentences about their choice (truthful, creative or otherwise) and seal them all in an envelope. Don’t forget to write a short sentence for each of the pet’s contributions. DON’T OPEN THEM until the stay at home order is lifted. Then as a group talk about the items and what you each wrote.
  • Draw a picture, send a photo, or video and tag it #DailyTapestry

Post your art or thoughts with the  #DailyTapestry.

Sign-up for #DailyTapestry prompts via Email

Dublin Arts Collective will never share your information with other parties. 

#DailyTapestry: May 30, 2020 by Tilden, Incoming DHS Freshman

challenge to lift our spirits and spur creativity during coronavirus Shelter-In-Place

#DailyTapestry Challenge brought to you by the Dublin Arts Collective!

  • The prompt for today’s #DailyTapestry Challenge is: 
  • What is your Quarantine Fashion?
  • Draw a picture, send a photo, or video and tag it #DailyTapestry

Post your art or thoughts with the  #DailyTapestry.

Art Matters! Let’s Go Create!

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Dublin Arts Collective will never share your information with other parties. 

#DailyTapestry: May 29, 2020 by Katherine Utsumi

challenge to lift our spirits and spur creativity during coronavirus Shelter-In-Place

#DailyTapestry Challenge brought to you by Community Leader and Crafter Katherine Utsumi!

#DailyTapestry Video Script:

“Hi I am Katherine Utsumi a Lover of the Arts and of the Dublin Arts Collective. The #DailyTapestry prompt for today is “What passion or hobby have you rediscovered during quarantine? Well, for me it has been crocheting. I have made over 100 of these handy-dandy little mask bands which protect the ears of the frontline workers who have to wear these masks all day long. Share your passion or hobby and remember to tag the Dublin Arts Collective with #DailyTapestry.

  • The prompt for today’s #DailyTapestry Challenge is: 
  • What passion or hobby have you rediscovered during quarantine?
  • Katherine has crocheted over 100 hand dandy mask bands to help front line workers. Please share your hobby!
  • Draw a picture, send a photo, or video and tag it #DailyTapestry

Post your art or thoughts with the  #DailyTapestry.

Art Matters! Let’s Go Create!

Sign-up for #DailyTapestry prompts via Email

Dublin Arts Collective will never share your information with other parties. 

#DailyTapestry: May 28, 2020 by Dublin Arts Collective

challenge to lift our spirits and spur creativity during coronavirus Shelter-In-Place

#DailyTapestry Challenge brought to you by the Dublin Arts Collective!

  • The prompt for today’s #DailyTapestry Challenge is: 
  • What 2 items would you take with you into exile?
  • Draw a picture, send a photo, or video and tag it #DailyTapestry

Post your art or thoughts with the  #DailyTapestry.

Art Matters! Let’s Go Create!

Sign-up for #DailyTapestry prompts via Email

Dublin Arts Collective will never share your information with other parties. 

#DailyTapestry: May 27, 2020 by Dublin Arts Collective

challenge to lift our spirits and spur creativity during coronavirus Shelter-In-Place

#DailyTapestry Challenge brought to you by the Dublin Arts Collective!

  • The prompt for today’s #DailyTapestry Challenge is: 
  • What has become your favorite gadget? Share with us ! 
  • Draw a picture, send a photo, or video and tag it #DailyTapestry

Post your art or thoughts with the  #DailyTapestry.

Art Matters! Let’s Go Create!

Sign-up for #DailyTapestry prompts via Email

Dublin Arts Collective will never share your information with other parties. 

#DailyTapestry: May 26, 2020 by Beth Okurowski

challenge to lift our spirits and spur creativity during coronavirus Shelter-In-Place

#DailyTapestry Challenge brought to you by Beth Okurowski, President of the Pleasanton Art League!

  • The prompt for today’s #DailyTapestry Challenge is: 
  • What new creation, thing or systems have you been inspired to create?
  • Share with us ! 
  • Draw a picture, send a photo, or video and tag it #DailyTapestry

Post your art or thoughts with the  #DailyTapestry.

Art Matters! Let’s Go Create!

Sign-up for #DailyTapestry prompts via Email

Dublin Arts Collective will never share your information with other parties. 

#DailyTapestry: May 25, 2020 by Dublin Arts Collective

challenge to lift our spirits and spur creativity during coronavirus Shelter-In-Place

Challenge: May 25, 2020 brought to you by the Dublin Arts Collective!

#DailyTapestry Script

#DailyTapestry Challenge:

“Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.” – Dave Barry
“The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well.” – Alfred Adler
“Humor is just common sense dancing.” – William James

Share your funny quote with us! Tag it #DailyTapestry. Art Matters

  • The prompt for today’s #DailyTapestry Challenge is: 
  • Share your humorous quote!
  • Draw a picture, send a photo, or video and tag it #DailyTapestry

Post your art or thoughts with the  #DailyTapestry.

Art Matters! Let’s Go Create!

Sign-up for #DailyTapestry prompts via Email

Dublin Arts Collective will never share your information with other parties.