By John A. Barry And Bill Carmel
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About this blog: John Barry is the creator of trAction Painting, a process/performance genre in which he applies paint to large surfaces with bicycles, roller skates, and other wheeled conveyances. With Bill Carmel and other associates, he has bro... (More)
About this blog: John Barry is the creator of trAction Painting, a process/performance genre in which he applies paint to large surfaces with bicycles, roller skates, and other wheeled conveyances. With Bill Carmel and other associates, he has brought trAction Painting events to local schools and summer camps. He also creates visual puns. His works are included in several private collections. John has authored/coauthored a dozen books, including Technobabble and Sunburst: The Ascent of Sun Microsystems. John can be contacted at [email protected]
Bill Carmel has 35 years' experience as a professional artist. His fine art paintings, sculptures, and designs are included in private, corporate, and public art collections in the United States, Europe, and Australia. After teaching at Humboldt State University and Southern Illinois University, he returned to the Bay Area, where he remains active in the arts by serving as a co-curator for the Lamorinda Arts Council's Orinda Gallery and by exhibiting throughout the Bay Area. Bill reviews exhibits at SFMOMA, the De Young and Palace of Fine Arts museums, and other Bay Area exhibition venues. Bill can be contacted at [email protected]
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Mount Diablo faces much more serious threats than a lunatic who has proposed renaming it Mount Reagan, among other monikers. A relatively large percentage of the mountain's mass below the summit is still in private hands and susceptible to development.
To help avoid such a fate, Save Mount Diablo has been working since 1971 to purchase or place in conservatorship as much of this land as possible. The group's mission is "to preserve Mount Diablo's peaks, surrounding foothills and watersheds through land acquisition and preservation strategies designed to protect the mountain's natural beauty, biological diversity and historic and agricultural heritage; enhance our area's quality of life; and provide recreational opportunities consistent with protection of natural resources."
Julie Seelen, development manager for Save Mount Diablo, points out that in the year of her group's founding, only the peak's summit about 7,000 acres' worth was off limits. Today, that number exceeds 90,000 acres, according to Seelen.
She made these and other statements at a reception at Kevin' Milligan's Gallery. The gallery's current exhibit is a fundraiser for Save Mount Diablo. The exhibit features the works of 25 artists in painting, photography, mixed media, ceramics and furniture inspired by Mount Diablo. The exhibit runs through April 27.
Milligan notes that he also created "Dine for Diablo" and "Wine for Diablo" events in conjunction with the Save Mount Diablo Art Exhibition. The gallery gives some of the proceeds of the Wine for Diablo and Save Mount Diablo Art Exhibition to Save Mount Diablo. The restaurateurs gave a percentage of sales on their participating days to Save Mount Diablo. The Dine for Diablo event has concluded, he explains, but people can still contribute by purchasing art from the exhibition or purchasing wine from the gallery.
(Coincidentally, the Village Art Gallery, 233 Front Street, is also running a Mount Diablo-themed exhibit.)