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Art Icon Turns '39'

Uploaded: Aug 3, 2010
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, she still keeps an active teaching schedule in her spacious Alamo studio, where she has been turning out new generations of artists since 1970. Beth focuses primarily on portraiture. (She rendered the illustration of me that accompanies this column in spring 2009.)

On the cool, breezy night of July 30, Beth, friends, colleagues, and students celebrated her "39th" birthday at her Alamo home.

A pickup band consisting of two middle-aged guitarists and a 15-year-old drummer whose brother is a student of Beth's supplied live music. Between sets, recorded big-band music pervaded the patio and an impromptu dance party erupted. In the midst of all this, a violinist joined the band for a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday."

A splendid time was had by all, and I look forward to Beth's "49th" next year, at which time I hope to have overcome my occasional tendency to transpose digits.


John A. Barry is a writer and avocational artist. To share anything art-related, call him at 314-9528 or email jobarry@pacbell.net

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