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The oldest public art in Pleasanton is refurbished

The oldest public art in Pleasanton is refurbished in the summer of 2017 by Charlotte Severin, Life Member of PCAC, and her students—through a collaboration with PCAC, PAL, and Way Up Art and Frame.

Here is an article on Pleasanton Weekly  by Dolores Ciardelli on August 4, 2017:

Mural comes back to life

Team of artists revive city’s first public art

The 50-year-old mural that was Pleasanton’s first piece of public art has just had its brightness restored, thanks to a bevy of artists who worked mornings to avoid the summer heat.

“The group began July 12, carefully bringing the mural’s colors back to life after years of solar bleaching,” said Pleasanton artist Charlotte Severin, who coordinated the original project as well as this restoration. “It was repainted by local artists to keep the colors bright.”

Severin and Steve Barkkarie, a member of her advanced Art Made Easy class, met at 7:30 each morning to set up the site for work, in the parking lot behind the Main Street Brewery across from the Pleasanton Hotel.

“Steve brought the scaffolding and a long table to set all my paints on,” Severin said. “I brought big amounts of chilled water so everybody could stay hydrated.”

Soon they were joined by other art class members to work until late morning.

“It is hot by 10:30-11 and the sun is beating on you,” Severin said.

The mural, which captures the 1800s history of Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley in a vivid collage, is painted on the back wall of what was the old Cheese Factory in the 800 block of Main Street. To reach the parking lot, go north on Main and, just past Ray Street, turn right into the driveway after Gregory Frame Shoppe on the corner.

“It was Pleasanton’s first public art,” Severin recalled. “Mayor Bernard Gerton, in 1967, had a dream to create a mural on that wall. All of those little businesses belonged to the mayor.”

The city held a competition, which was won by Livermore artists Helen Weaver and Esther McIntosh, and the design was mapped onto the wall. Volunteer artists then helped to paint the fields, racetrack and other local landmarks as well as the trees, hills, sky and clouds.

“I remember painting the train station and part of Kolln Hardware,” Severin said. “The Cheese Factory brought us soft drinks and cheese — little tidbits to sustain us.”

The mural was dedicated in 1969.

But the years of harsh sunlight took their toll on the bright images.

“The first colors to go are the warm colors — yellow and red,” Severin explained. “Lots of times, you get a ghostly appearance.”

The mural underwent its first refurbishment in 1996 in conjunction with Pleasanton’s “Fiesta ’75,” Severin said. She also coordinated that effort.

“Here I am, still working on the wall,” she reported last week with a laugh. “It’s fun and everybody’s having a good time.”

She recalled that in the 1996 endeavor, a woman almost suffered heat stroke.

“I packed her in ice and called her husband to pick her up,” Severin remembered. “She didn’t have a hat. After that, I brought a big stack of hats.”

Severin estimated that the painting would be completed by the end of this week, and said a sign painter will record the names of the participating artists onto the mural. After that, four quarts of UV varnish will be applied.

“We never had a varnish before,” Severin said. “Also, acrylics were not as refined as they are now. We’ve been using the most advanced UV-protective mural paint.”

The restoration was sponsored by the Pleasanton Art League (PAL) and the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council (PCAC) with co-sponsorship of Way Up Arts & Frame Shop in Livermore.

Other artists working on it were Bev Barkkarie, Cynthia Altman, Julie Frey, Annika Frey, Lydia Frey, Jeanne Tierney, Steffi Gross, Helene Roylance, Miranda Miller and Kim Coberg.

A dedication will take place in the early fall.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Severin said.

Celebrating the restored brightness of Pleasanton’s first public art work are (l-r) Steve Barkkarie, Steffi Gross, Charlotte Severin and Jeanne Tierney. Photo by Cynthia Altman.

 

Charlotte Severin headed up the restoration project as she did the original mural painting in 1967 and its first refurbishment in 1996. Severin is a renowned Pleasanton artist who teaches Art Made Easy classes for the city. Photo by Cynthia Altman.

 

Steve Barkkarie paints the old Pleasanton Fire Bell.

Unique Jan 27, 2018 Benefit Concert— with Tamriko Siprashvili on piano together with Ian Rowe on Guitar

“A Unique Duo—Piano-Guitar”

TAMRIKO SIPRASHVILI on piano and IAN ROWE on guitar

A rare opportunity to hear together–two internationally renowned musicians:

Tamriko, a Schumann Gold Medal winner from the Moscow Conservatory, has performed in the US, Europe, and South America.   Ian, a graduate of the S.F. Conservatory, has toured North America extensively and won many competitive prizes.

This P.C.A.C. “Arts in the Schools” benefit features rich and exciting selections from Bach, Pence, Carulli, Vivaldi, Rodrigo, Casteinuvo-Tedesco, and Boccherini.

On May 12, the City dedicated ARC SUSPENSION by sculptor John Seeman at the renovated Cultural Arts Building on Black Ave

The City commissioned public art project was possible through collaboration with Gary and Nancy Harrington, with James and Sandra Jellison, and with the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council, who gave 11 K. for the project. The sculpture is an emblem that public art is “alive and well in Pleasanton” and that the building is specifically for the arts.
Dave Wright relating some of the history of the Cultural Arts building at the dedication.
Some of the audience for the Dedication.
(L to R) Kelly Cousins, Michele Crose – Civic Arts Manager–Dave Wright, and Daniel Villabosa – Civic Arts.

Dedication of the Jon Seeman Sculpture

Because of the strong support we’ve received from our members and businesses, the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council (PCAC) was able to help fund the Jon Seeman sculpture—a piece to enhance the newly renovated Cultural Arts Center, which PCAC ensured was built many years ago. We partnered with Gary and Nancy Harrington ($24 K), the City ($20 K), and James and Sandra Jellison ($1 K), with our $11 K contribution.  Thank you supporters of PCAC.  The sculpture will not only beautify the exterior of the Cultural Arts Building, it will also alert passers by that the building is for the cultural arts in our community.