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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 | 3479 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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"Skaint" Ain't in the Dictionary

The portmanteau neologism "skaint" (verb) means "to apply paint to a canvas or other flat surface with the wheels of quad or inline skates." Skainting: nominal,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Dec. 13, 2011
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Turbanism Makes Slow Headway

The Turbanism movement, about which I wrote back in April, has not exactly taken the art world by storm. As an iconic image, however, this exotic headwear has....

Original post made by John A. Barry on Oct. 5, 2011
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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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"The Miracle of Turban Boy," a performance piece by Turban Bill

In terms of a Hollywood movie pitch: it's Bollywood meets director Philip Kaufman meets "Beach Blanket Babylon." The following scenario was written by guest contributor...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 5, 2011
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Fair Attendance Down Again

Attendance at the Danville Fine Arts Faire [sic for the past three years appears to be a reflection of the sour economy that continues to grip the state and...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jun. 22, 2011
Last comment by Roz Rogoff, on Jun 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm | 1 comment | 3457 Views

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hARTz Studios

Remember the Pioneer Gallery? If so, you will recall that it was located on the first floor of 524 Hartz Avenue, a venue now occupied by Rakestraw Books. A membership...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jun. 12, 2011
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Masks and the Universal Themes of Art

I'm about to do some traveling. Artist Bill Carmel offered to write a guest column in my absence. He plans to do follow-ups in the future, expanding on the theme...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 26, 2011
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B.B in Benicia

Brigitte Bize is an artist who lives in Danville. But at least three days a week, she pays the toll to drive to Benicia in order to paint from 9:00 a.m. till 7:00...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 10, 2011
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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 | 3684 Views

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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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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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Images of Saint Nick

I'm about to head off for the holidays and contemplate prospects for the coming year and columns. When I return, I plan to start a culinary/visual arts tour of some...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Nov. 29, 2010
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'Bollywood' On Bollinger

The term "Bollywood" (a portmanteau of Bombay and Hollywood) tends to evoke images of "Slumdog Millionaire" or lush, extravagant musical productions. On November...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Nov. 15, 2010
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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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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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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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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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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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