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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By John A. Barry
The library at Diablo Valley College, in Pleasant Hill, is a rich repository of resources for students and instructors. It also doubles as a visual-arts exhibition space. Library art coordinator Kasia Kessler was hired to mount the current show, “Abstract Reasoning,” to run to the end of first semester.
“The library requested that I come up with an exhibition idea,” explains Kessler, “so I devised this idea,” after meeting with Pat Calabro a member of the Concord Art Association. Calabro helped her develop the abstract theme and suggested involving Carl Heywood, founder of the Global Art Project.
t. Also participating in the exhibit is Studio 55 Martinez
Featuring the work of artists from these groups, “Abstract Reasoning” is—as the name suggests—primarily a showplace for the work of abstract artists. Of local interest is the
inclusion of works by Danville artist Kathy Wills. Wills is one of three guest artists—the others being Vivian Hart and me, admitted at the last minute to help fill wall space.
The show is presented in conjunction with the Concord Art Association
, founded in Concord, MA, in 1917.. A Concord, CA, branch
was established in 1963.
The Concord, CA, branch has another connection to the college. The group has been offering four $500 scholarships for DVC art students, on an annual basis.
Dates for the show at the library are August 22-December 10. The library is open to the public from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Monday-Thursday. A reception will be held on December 3, from 2:00 to 5:00 in the library. More information on the show will be forthcoming in Art Space.