Creative Rhythm Art Exhibition at the Bankhead Theater
Jun 26

Creative Rhythm Art Exhibition at the Bankhead Theater

Creative Rhythm Art Exhibit

“Now this is very profound, what rhythm is, and goes far deeper than words. A sight, an emotion, creates this wave in the mind, long before it makes words to fit it ...”

― Virginia Woolf

Visual beauty through creation of rhythm.  A colorful mix of mediums, styles, color palettes through photography, acrylic, oil, watercolor and collage — this exhibit is all about finding the rhythm in art. There’s ballerinas, and fire dancers; there’s nature’s beauty and pure abstractions. These are the artists that are creating the rhythm of something that makes a good thing.

Creative Rhythm is on display at the Bankhead Theater Gallery May 3 through June 26, 2017.

The Artists Reception is Saturday, May 20 from 1-3 pm. The reception is free and open to the public and will feature two forms of another kind of rhythm: dance. Special guests Condanza and Livermore Argentine Tango will be live in the lobby with performance demonstrations of visual rhythm that is the perfect accompaniment for creative rhythm. Join the tribute to rhythm and enjoy light refreshments and wine.

Image here is "Whimzeedoodle" by Courtney Jacobs

East Bay Open Studios - Tri Valley
Jun 11

East Bay Open Studios - Tri Valley

An East Bay tradition for over 40 years, the Annual East Bay Open Studios Event is now coming to the Livermore Valley.  Bothwell Arts Center is hosting artists studio spaces and will be a lively venue for art and live music. In addition, there are other area studios that are free and open for the public to see.

June 10 and June 11,   11 am-6pm

Open Studios are free self-guided tours of artist studios and exhibition spaces. Artists pay a registration fee to participate and the event is free for the public to enjoy. The Bothwell Arts Center will have demonstrations and refreshments and live music.

The art-loving, art-buying public enjoys one-on-one interactions with the artists and artisans and have the opportunity to learn about what inspires the artists, connect with the artists one-on-one and purchase art directly from the artists. 

Printed guidebooks and online artist directories guide visitors to the artist studios and exhibition spaces around the entire East Bay where the participating artists show. During the event, there are street signs directing you to artist locations. The event is a great opportunity for artists and art collectors to connect one-on-one with one another in interesting and inspiring environments.

Figurative Art exhibition
May 21

Figurative Art exhibition

Livermore Art Association and The Bothwell Arts Center invite the public to their 9th annual Figurative Art exhibition.  

The exhibition is free and the public is invited. Local artists are showing and selling their latest works with the human figure as the main focus. Many of the artists who are in the show attend the Bothwell’s Figure Drawing Workshop which meets everyFriday.  The show is one of the few outlets in the area where nudes are allowed and encouraged. Figurative art includes portraits and clothed figures as well. The variety is endless! Fill your home with beauty and support local artists at the same time!

When: May 19th -21st: Open Daily from 11:00 - 4:00
    Reception & Awards Ceremony: May 20th 7:00-9:00
Where: Bothwell Arts Center (West End), 2466 8th St., Livermore

See the art! Meet the artists! Watch them work! Love the art? Take some home!
 The show is open for three days and the public is invited to come to the at the Bothwell Arts Center, during the open hours 11:00 - 4:00 Friday May 19th through Sunday, May 21st. The reception is Saturday evening, May 20th, 7:00 - 9:00. 
Awards will be presented at 7:30. The final award will be the "People's Choice" ribbon. Make sure you vote for your favorite piece when you visit the exhibit.

Our Judge will be Jacob Hankinson. A native of the Bay Area, Jacob Hankinson began his career as a self-taught artist before attending the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His work is traditional in nature, placing an emphasis on draftsmanship and using the human figure as a tool to explore design, composition, and the interplay of light and shadow. He currently shows and teaches throughout the Bay Area. He won best of show in The Essential Figure show a few years back.
Check out his work here:

The show will also be featuring a sales table with unframed art from the participating artists. Many bargains to be had!
Throughout the exhibition's three days, there will be artists demonstrating various mediums.
On May 21st, the final day of the show, the winner of the "People's Choice" award will be announced at 3:30.

Call for Artists!
Are you an artist who would like to be in this show? There is still time! The receiving will be on May 13th between 1:00-4:00 at the Bothwell Arts Center. 
For the prospectus follow this link: . 

For more information call or email Barbara Stanton at 925-373-9638 or

The Golden Decade - Art Exhibit at the Bankhead Theater Gallery
6:00 pm18:00

The Golden Decade - Art Exhibit at the Bankhead Theater Gallery

A new photography exhibit coming this March to the Gallery in the Bankhead Theater will showcase the post-WWII era photography of the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute). Renowned photographer Ansel Adams was hired by CSFA and, working with Minor White, established one of the first fine art photography departments in the US.  “The Golden Decade” highlights the work of some of their early students and will be on display from March 4 through May 1, 2017.  A free opening reception and book signing will be held on Friday evening, March 10th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

In addition to Adams and White, CSFA’s photography program welcomed some of the great photographers of the era as guest instructors, such as Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham,  Lisette Model, Nancy and Beaumont Newhall, and Homer Page. The newly-enacted G.I. Bill enabled all veterans to attend the college or trade school of their choice, opening doors to educational opportunities which might otherwise have been unavailable.

The Gallery exhibit and accompanying book, “The Golden Decade: Photography at the California School of Fine Arts 1945-1955,” is the result of a collaboration between three former students of Adams and White:  William Heick, Ira H. Latour, C. Cameron Macauley, and editors Ken and Victoria Whyte Ball. Local Livermore residents, the Balls inherited a wealth of negatives and contact prints from Victoria’s father, Don Whyte, a former student of CSFA. The book represents the work of over 32 photographers including Pirkle Jones, Ruth Marion Baruch, Philip Hyde, Rose Mandel, David Johnson, Gerald Ratto and John Upton.

Part of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, the Visitor’s Center and Galley is located in the lobby of the Bankhead Theater at 2400 First Street, Liver­more, and is open seven days a week from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free.  More information is available online at

Freeze Frame: Photo Exhibition from Tri-Valley Conservancy
Feb 27

Freeze Frame: Photo Exhibition from Tri-Valley Conservancy

The beauty of the tri-valley area will be front and center at the Bankhead Theater Lobby in the exhibit on loan from the Tri-Valley Conservancy. Each year the Tri-Valley Conservancy sponsors a photography contest with the theme of tri-valley landscapes. Called Freeze Frame, the contest showcases the best of photography talent and the best of the Bay Area beauty.  The works are as varied as the individual photographers: see long vistas, flower closeups, hills, trees, skies, animals - all that the natural world around us has to offer. The exhibit is on display January 3 to February 27. Artists' Reception is Saturday, January 14 from 1-3 pm. The Reception is free and open to the public; light refreshments and wine served.

Image here by Janice Wei. "Livermore Farmland"

Birds of a Feather
Jan 2

Birds of a Feather

  • Bankhead Theater

Birds are taking off on the walls of the Bankhead Theater. Birds of a Feather is an exhibition showing traditional, stylized, and abstracted representations of a bird-related theme. These beautiful works of art are created in all 2-D mediums including photography. Come and revel in the feathers!

Reception Date: Sunday, November 13, from 1-3 pm