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Art-Full Weekend

By John A. Barry The weekend of August 21 in Danville was an artful one that actually started on Thursday with the annual Art and Wine Stroll. Three art venues...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 25, 2010
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Local Landscapes

Landscape painting has historically ranked low in the genre hierarchy in the post-Renaissance Western world (landscape painting was already well established in China...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Apr. 1, 2011
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Pedal-Propelled Painting

I had the best intentions about blogging during my trAction Painting performances at San Ramon's Art in the Park last weekend. But with preparation, performance,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Oct. 7, 2013
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Be an Exhibitionist!

I just read an entertaining, informative, thought-provoking book that should be on the shelf of any artist, struggling or not. Show Your Work, by Austin Kleon,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Apr. 15, 2014
Last comment by John Barry, on Apr 16, 2014 at 11:18 am | 5 comments | 6046 Views

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Strong Artistic Views

San Ramon artist Kevin Davidson (whom I profiled in a past column) recently acted on a whim. He decided to contact the Vatican to determine how to submit his spiritual...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Oct. 26, 2010
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Learning the Ropes: Curating 101

Recently my husband and I were driving through a small town on our way home from Mendocino. It exuded charm and quaintness, good food, good wine. . .all the expected...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jun. 2, 2014
Last comment by Tora Satterfield, on May 5, 2016 at 8:22 pm | 1 comment | 6010 Views

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Danville Fine Arts Fair

For several years now, I've been attending the Danville Fine Arts Fair, covering nearly all of Hartz Ave. in downtown Danville. Because of the large number of exhibitors...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jun. 27, 2010
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The Lost Art of Carquinez Scenic Drive

In The Painted Word, published in 1975, Tom Wolfe wrote about the trend in art away from representationalism and toward reductionism and, ultimately, ephemeralism. Forty...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Nov. 4, 2014
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Eyesore or Art?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; art is anything you can get away with. These two truisms came to mind as a I read recently in the "Contra Costa Times" about...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 27, 2010
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Don’t Get Cute with Me

1. attractive, especially in a dainty way; pleasingly pretty 2. appealing and delightful; charming 3. affectedly or mincingly pretty or clever; precious 4. mentally...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 22, 2017
Last comment by Fausta Facciponte, on Aug 4, 2017 at 7:09 pm | 5 comments | 5931 Views

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Art Icon Turns '39'

Beth Bachelor is a legend in local art circles. A cofounder of the Alamo Danville Artists' Society (ADAS) in 1977 and the Contra Costa Academy of Fine Art in 2001,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 3, 2010
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Art and Bicycling

Kevin Davidson, of San Ramon, is concurrently an artist and a patron of the arts. Self-taught, he works in oil, often portraying religious themes. He is currently...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 3, 2010
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The Brewing Company at Peace Lutheran

Clifford Brown III is the grandson of legendary jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown and son of Clifford Brown, Jr., who has a show on the KSCM-FM (91.1) jazz station....

Original post made by John A. Barry on Apr. 22, 2011
Last comment by John Barry, on Apr 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm | 1 comment | 5849 Views

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Three Generations of Artists Together (from Shanghai to Danville)

Danville artist Leslie Ruth comes to painting by way of her mother and grandmother, both artists in their own right. "I'm the third generation of artists in...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jan. 30, 2012
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Art About Art

From the Greek comes the word ekphrasis, meaning description. A synesthetic art form, ekphrasis is a poem written about another form of art—most often a painting....

Original post made by John A. Barry on Sep. 21, 2010
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Five Will Get You Fives

To paraphrase Rogers and Hammerstein, the local hills and valleys are alive with the sound of music: Danville Band, San Ramon Symphonic Band, Contra Costa Wind Symphony,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 18, 2014
Last comment by Doug Earl , on Aug 21, 2014 at 6:43 am | 2 comments | 5799 Views

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Danville Artist Exhibits in Madrid

The exhibit Arte + Fe is being held at the Pons Foundation in Madrid on the occasion of World Youth Day and offers a look at Christian contemporary works of...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 12, 2011
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Art, Wine, Food, Mount Diablo

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...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Apr. 14, 2010
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Turbanism

Turbanism is an art and fashion movement that was born in Danville in late 2010/early 2011. Turbanistic works can be expressed in visual, written, or millinerist...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Apr. 15, 2011
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Kinkade, Breath Mint of the Passion Painters

So-called painter of light Thomas Kinkade died recently. I'd always thought of Kinkade as a kitschmeister and con artist. I still do. But millions of people do not...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Apr. 13, 2012
Last comment by Ms. Bunny, on Aug 22, 2012 at 8:14 am | 1 comment | 5687 Views
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