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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"Another Danville gallery bites the dust," remarked an artist as he removed his work from what was once the Tate Gallery in Iron Horse Plaza. Indeed, the list of art venues that has come and gone is long and just got longer with the demise of the Tate.
On January 28, Bill Carmel and I wrote about Michael Tate and his vision for an arts venue in Danville. For a variety of reasons, Tate was unable to realize that vision and has vanished, leaving a shuttered, paper-covered-windows space with a nebulous "Coming Soon" sign on one of the doors. Artists whose work hung in the cavernous gallery were peremptorily and unceremoniously told to remove their art to make to make way for whatever is "coming soon."
Exactly what that is is shrouded in mystery, much as the building's windows are shrouded in paper. A portion of the ample space is walled off and occupied by Art on the Lane, which offers lessons.
When the fog lifts, I hope to interview the new proprietor, rumored to be a gallery owner from Capitola.
John A. Barry is a writer and trAction Painting exponent. To share anything art-related or to pitch a story idea, call him at 314-9528 or email [email protected]