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Diablo Valley Abstractions

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...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Oct. 4, 2022
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Emigrés

By John A. Barry The careers of playwright Eugene O’Neill and visual artist Salvador Dalí intersected during the twentieth century. O’Neill’s...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Aug. 26, 2022
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A Trip Down Galmory [Gallery-Memory] Lane

By John A. Barry ==I This overview of the Danville gallery scene over the years is not intended to be comprehensive or exhaustively researched. Rather,...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Mar. 27, 2022
Last comment by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel, on Mar 30, 2022 at 7:39 am | 2 comments | 2550 Views

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Practice, Practice, Practice!

By John A. Barry “Painting has enriched my life more than I can ever say.” With these words, Alamo artist Margery Ammon summarizes the importance...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Jan. 31, 2022
Last comment by medi kush, on Mar 3, 2022 at 11:30 pm | 1 comment | 2416 Views

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But Is It Art?

By John A. Barry When David Letterman hosted “The Late Show,” he periodically presented a segment entitled “Ape or Artist?” An abstract...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Apr. 26, 2021
Last comment by Barry Allen, on Jul 12, 2021 at 3:51 pm | 1 comment | 5491 Views

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The Perfect Landscape Painting

by Bill Carmel, MFA The painting begins late morning with a hike up a path to a view so splendid, wondrous, and arresting that walking stops. I sit...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Feb. 21, 2021
Last comment by Sandra Roe, on Feb 28, 2021 at 4:23 am | 1 comment | 3004 Views

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Theater in the Time of Corona

By John A. Barry If all the world’s a stage, 2020 has presented a series of tragedies: plague, infernos, Beijing-plus air…. Amid all this,...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Sep. 15, 2020
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The Ballad of Andy and Rocky

The Ballad of Andy and Rocky Uploaded: Jul 2, 2020 By Bill Carmel, MFA This blog entry memorializes the recent painting of a mural for the Lamorinda Arts...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Jul. 11, 2020
Last comment by Elizabeth Hopkins-Kurz, on Jul 28, 2020 at 10:33 am | 7 comments | 3901 Views

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Visual Games During Shelter-in-Place

By Bill Carmel, MFA During this time of shelter-in-place, keeping busy in healthy and creative ways challenges even the cheeriest of personalities. Artists...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Apr. 7, 2020
Last comment by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel, on Jul 2, 2020 at 7:13 am | 5 comments | 3773 Views

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Deconstruction of a Visual Pun Based on a Veritable Bungler

By John A. Barry In our last installment, Bill wrote about engendering shelter-in-place creativity via “visual thought experiments concerning metaphors...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Apr. 29, 2020
Last comment by Cholo, on Jun 25, 2020 at 9:36 am | 5 comments | 3626 Views

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Art Al Fresco

Danville’s public information officer recently posted this: Hearing about so many great ways that people are getting creative while under the shelter order....

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Mar. 23, 2020
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The Art of Bill DiMichele: Cross Section of a Moment

==I A celebration of the art of the late artist Bill DiMichele, titled “Cross Section of a Moment,” featuring more than 45 large-scale acrylic paintings—together...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Feb. 25, 2020
Last comment by Jim Gunshinan, on Feb 27, 2020 at 9:56 am | 2 comments | 4917 Views

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The Art of Newspeak

By John A. Barry Eric Blair (better known as George Orwell) was a prescient literary artist. Orwell famously predicted that “Big Brother is watching...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Feb. 6, 2020
Last comment by Cher Pascual, on Feb 11, 2020 at 11:55 pm | 9 comments | 4525 Views

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Fire

By John A. Barry I’m very late in getting this written, but you still have a chance to visit No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, at the Oakland...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Jan. 20, 2020
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Tissot Goes to the Movies and the Library

The exhibition James Tissot: Fashion and Faith is at the Palace of the Legion of Honor until February 9, 2020 By John A. Barry Thomas Campbell, director...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Dec. 1, 2019
Last comment by Cholo, on Dec 7, 2019 at 3:45 pm | 2 comments | 5084 Views

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Art Inside-Out, Body of Work (Literally)

Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin FAMSF de Young Museum. Through October 6, 2019 See Ed Hardy break through the establishment rubble to see the light of day at the...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Sep. 13, 2019
Last comment by Cholo, on Oct 10, 2019 at 11:26 am | 5 comments | 5137 Views

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Paul Krassner (1932-2019) An Appreciation

By John A. Barry When Paul Krassner was referred to as the “father of the Yippie (Youth International Party) movement," his response was, “I...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Jul. 24, 2019
Last comment by Cholo, on Jul 28, 2019 at 11:49 am | 1 comment | 3129 Views

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O’Neill Goes to the Movies

By John A. Barry The film industry has been good (and not so good) to Eugene O’Neill, who lived at Tao House in the Danville hills from 1937 to 1943,...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on May. 7, 2019
Last comment by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel, on Jul 13, 2019 at 9:19 am | 2 comments | 3486 Views

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Rubens and O'Neill This Summer

This installment of Art Space ==I is a twofer. Bill Carmel writes about the largely unknown side of Rubens the artist: the diplomat. John Barry provides an...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Jun. 19, 2019
Last comment by Bill, on Jul 11, 2019 at 7:59 pm | 4 comments | 3614 Views

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The Immersive Experience: Monet at the de Young, February 16 to May 27

By Bill Carmel, MFA Few artists have the opportunity to be the agents of change in the course of art history throughout their lifetimes. After years of struggle,...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Mar. 18, 2019
Last comment by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel, on Apr 2, 2019 at 4:35 pm | 4 comments | 4423 Views
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