It’s Dublin Pride Month 2020!

Group of Artists and Dublin Mayor at the Splatter Festival

Dublin Pride Week is now  a month long due to the pandemic and runs from  September 19 to October 4 – and the Dublin Arts Collective is proud to recognize all the wonderful volunteers who have helped us in our mission of supporting local arts and artists!

Here are a few events we are highlighting which includes other arts organizations in the Tri-Valley that we are collaborating with:

Events:

1. A Chair to Remember display is taking place outside Dublin City Hall and online bidding has been extended. The funds will contribute to more arts projects in the City.
2. Nature in Our Own Backyard Photo Contest ends Sept 26
3. Public Art Passport Challenge has special prizes on offer.

4. Paint Pleasanton September 21 – 27 by the Pleasanton Art League

5. ArtWalk Light on October 10 presented by Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

We continue to work on raising the visibility of artists in the Tri-Valley and here are the latest Patch Posts on Swati Rastogi , Andrea McCoy Harvey and BLM Artists

Membership is now open and you can sign up here.


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Tracy Arts Commission presents new Downtown Veteran’s Mural addressing Health & Wellness

The Tracy Arts Commission (TAC) announced the completion of a new veteran’s mural as part of the Civic Art Program – Downtown Tracy Mural Project

Artist Will Watts at work on the Veteran’s Mural Project in Jackson Alley, Tracy, California Photo Credit Tracy Arts Commission

This striking large format work is now on display on the West Side Market Building in Jackson Alley adjacent to the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts at 715 Central Avenue in downtown Tracy, California.

The TAC commissioned Tracy artist and veteran Will Watts to create a temporary piece of street art addressing issues of health and wellness for those who have and are serving in our military. 

Mr. Watts served in the United States Army from 2006 to 2016, deployed twice in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Mr. Watts states, “ In my healing I met God and the devil.  They were both shadows of myself who taught me many lessons about myself, and the universe. I came to understand that anger was useless, and that the meaning of life was about love and understanding. I felt a light radiating out of the center of my soul and I was whole again.”

Mr. Watts adds, “Painting has been a wonderful outlet for my mental health, and has helped me channel many of the negative feelings that I have into something positive and creative. This mural that I have created is dedicated to all of the service members out there who have gone through depression, anxiety, PTSD, and trauma, and urges those who are lost to research the plant medicine Ayahuasca.  It saved my life and transformed me into a person that I now love. Though we may feel lost at times, we are never alone.

For further information contact William F. Wilson II, Cultural Arts Manager – Visual Arts at The Grand Theater Center for the Arts

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!

Sign-up for #DailyTapestry prompts via Email

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.