Tri-Valley Art Organization Sponsored Group Shows
A group art show, as the name implies, allows a group of artists to display work together in one location for a limited time. The number of participating artists can be a small handful of artists up to a hundred or more artists. The time frame of the display can be from a day or two up to a month or two at a time. Some shows offer awards and receptions, complete with music and refreshments while other shows are low key affairs. While many artists enter shows to sell work, other artists merely want to show off their creations with no intention of selling the work.
All the major art associations in the Tri-Valley, including the Alamo Danville Artists' Society, the Fremont Art Association, the Livermore Art Association and the Pleasanton Art League all have at least one yearly group show, that provides a venue for artists in the associations and beyond to show their work. In addition, local art groups such as the Firehouse and the Bothwell have group shows at the Firehouse Art Center and the Bankhead Theater.
Below are descriptions of some shows offered by art organizations in the Tri-Valley.
Livermore Art Association (LAA) Shows
The LAA Spring Art Show
Every spring, towards the beginning of April, for several decades now, the LAA, cleans, paints and lights up the aptly named Barn in Livermore, for one of the largest and oldest group art shows in the Tri-Valley, the LAA Spring Art Show. This yearly event brings together 200 or more artists. The show is judged, offering cash prizes, has a lively evening reception and attracts art patrons from through out the Tri-Valley. Look for the show application, generally available after the first of every year, on the LAA and AVA websites.
The LAA Absolutely Abstract Art Show
The LAA Absolutely Abstract Art Show is the only Tri-Valley show dedicated exclusively to abstract art. This yearly fall event takes place at the attractive, high traffic location at the Livermore Civic Center Library, just outside the library cafe. Applications are generally available in the early summer on the LAA and AVA websites.
The Essential Figure Show
Every week, a group of artists meets at the Bothwell Art Center to draw from live models. As a result of this dedication, the Tri-Valley has some of the best figurative artists around. The annual, judged Essential Figure Show shows off the work of these artists, along with fun events like drawing marathons and a reception. The show takes place at the Bothwell Art Center and is sponsored by both the LAA and the Bothwell Art Center. It takes place in the spring, with artist applications appearing on the LAA and AVA sites in the late winter/early spring timeframe.
Alamo Danville Artists' Society
Pleasanton Art League
Spring Art Show
Fall Art Show
Fremont Art Association
Fall Art Show
During the month of October, the Fremont Art Association hosts the Fall Art Show in the FAA Gallery, located at 37697 Niles Boulevard, in the heart of the Niles District of Fremont, California. There are over 150 entries of 2-d and 3-d art. For more information, visit the FAA website.
The Bothwell Art Center / Bankhead Theater
The Bothwell Art Center supports local artists by organizing a number of group shows at the Bankhead Theater. The Bankhead Theater is a busy performing arts center, offering a wide range of performances from musicals to scientific talks. Thousands of visitors attend these performances each month, offering a broad audience for the artwork displayed in the theater lobby.
The group shows tend to vary by theme and last about 2 months in length. Although some shows are by invitation only, most show applications are available on the Bothwell Art Center and AVA websites.
The Firehouse Art Center