“Zooming Forward” with PAL, LAA and DAC

“Zooming Forward” is taking place on Monday, November 9 at 7:30pm!

Greetings DAC Members and Supporters!

This is the first joint meeting between members of the Pleasanton Art League (PAL), Livermore Art Association (LAA) and Dublin Arts Collective (DAC) and we are very excited to be a part of it!

For this and some other local arts news see the Patch article “Creative Pivoting In A Pandemic for Tri-Valley Arts Organizations

We are thankful to KeyPoint Credit Union in Dublin for sponsoring our subscription to Zoom!

Zooming Forward Program:

1. Updates from the PAL President Beth Okurowski , LAA President Clark Streeter and DAC President, Sawsan Wolski.

2. Paint Pleasanton Report by Organizer Lorraine Heath Wells

3. Demo by Meghana Mitragotri (incl. her camera setup for online watercolor classes)

The Zoom link for the meeting will be circulated closer to the event.

Email info@dacarts.org for more info.

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


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

East Bay Open Studios First for Dublin

In a first for Dublin, a selection of local artists will participate in East Bay Open Studios (EBOS) in 2020.

The EBOS provides a unique opportunity for art lovers to meet personally with artists and view a large collection of work. This self-guided Art tour has been running for over 40 years. For the first time, the area includes the City of Dublin with 14 area artists sharing their work at The Frame Company and Happy Valley Arts School.

The Frame Company and Art Gallery
The Frame Company and Art Gallery with Adirondack Chairs from “A Chair to Remember”
Happy Valley art school
Happy Valley art school

The open studio event involves artists inviting the public to visit their workshops and display spaces. It’s an excellent opportunity to talk first-hand to the artists and to view their work, as well as connecting with fellow art lovers.

Open Studios is Free to the Public!

Experience and enjoy one-on-one interaction with artists from a variety of genres ranging from contemporary to traditional, photography to jewelry and more.  Viewers can learn about artists’ processes and inspiration, while enjoying refreshments. It’s a chance to purchase an original artwork directly from the artist!

There are numerous artists participating it the Tri-Valley area and the Pleasanton Arts League, Livermore Arts Association and Bothwell Arts Center are involved in the event.

Printed guidebooks are available and can also be downloaded from www.eastbayopenstudios.com to help you explore.

Artists exhibiting with the Dublin Arts Collective include:

  • Sawsan Wolski (DAC President) #203
  • Sarah Wang (Happy Valley Arts School) #202
  • Jennifer Huber #207
  • Chandana Srinath #205
  • Michelle Meng #201
  • Eric the Sculptor #200
  • Sarah Lee #204
  • Vanessa Lee Thomas #208
  • Andrea McCoy Harvey #197
  • Rob Bennett #206
  • Christine V Tafoya #212
  • Dianne Mao #214
  • Karen Scott #198
  • Lee Britton #209
  • Azar Vaghefi #211