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At the Gate

Dr. Christine Hartman's day job is at Livermore Labs, where she is deputy director of the Mission Opportunities Office. In that capacity, she helps...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Sep. 7, 2014
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Merger of Music and Painting

Last Sunday I attended and participated in a combination art exhibit and concert at Peace Lutheran Church in Danville. Adorning three walls of the sanctuary are...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 30, 2014
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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 | 338 Views

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Brush and Blush

A San Ramon couple wants to give people a chance to equip themselves with liquid courage and try to be artists for a few hours. This phenomenon, called "paint...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 12, 2014
Last comment by Cholo, on Aug 13, 2014 at 5:40 pm | 1 comment | 667 Views

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Summer Camp, Day 4: Finale

We wrapped up the camp yesterday, but I was too wiped out to write about it. After two days of brushing our 12 x 7 canvas with skates, skateboard, and scooters,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 1, 2014
Last comment by Lisa, on Aug 11, 2014 at 10:47 pm | 6 comments | 427 Views

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Summer Camp, Day 2: Rolling

Today we migrate from the confines of a classroom setting to canvas-clad asphalt. Our 12 x 7-foot blank sheet sits atop a 21 x 12 canvas working surface. I open...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 29, 2014
Last comment by San Ramon Observer, on Aug 2, 2014 at 2:47 pm | 1 comment | 256 Views

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Summer Camp, Day 3: Little Shavers

After some residual skainting, we break out the scooters—a couple of Razors, each outfitted with a plastic bottle suspended above the front wheel. The bottles have...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 30, 2014
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trAction Painting Summer Camp

In the nearly three years since I created trAction Painting, my works have been solo efforts, with much appreciated help from assistants. Employing bikes, skates,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 23, 2014
Last comment by Jan Hersh, on Jul 29, 2014 at 3:05 pm | 3 comments | 231 Views

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Summer Camp, Day 1

We start painting in earnest tomorrow. Today was preliminaries: asking 14 kids in attendance about art in general; showing them some examples—e.g., landscapes...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 28, 2014
Last comment by vicky r., on Jul 29, 2014 at 11:35 am | 2 comments | 143 Views

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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
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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 | 547 Views

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Pax Vobiscum; Ars Gratia Artis

Pax Vobiscum; Ars Gratia Artis Throughout history, churches have often served as repositories of art. Such is the case with Peace Lutheran in Danville. Each year...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Feb. 5, 2014
Last comment by Ms. bunny, on Feb 12, 2014 at 8:26 am | 2 comments | 858 Views

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Marcus Shelby Quartet

I was fortunate to be a part of the Jazz at Peace concert on February 9 and got a shout-out from the stage by Marcus Shelby, leader of the quartet that played....

Original post made by John A. Barry on Feb. 11, 2014
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Study in Contrasts

I recently watched simultaneously "Cutie and the Boxer" and "Jean-Michel Basquiat: the Radiant Child"—respectively about artist couple Ushio and Noriko Shinohara...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jan. 27, 2014
Last comment by kwills, on Jan 27, 2014 at 7:50 pm | 1 comment | 638 Views

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Little Gallery, Big Heart

Artist Shokoor Khushrawy feels happy and safe living in the United States. As an Impressionist painter of life in his native Afghanistan, he was not a favorite...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Oct. 31, 2013
Last comment by Dave, on Jan 4, 2014 at 1:40 pm | 2 comments | 3453 Views

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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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Pusillanimous Putz

Got this in the mail today. I'd like to respond, but because it was sent by an anonymous coward, no can do. If the pusillanimous "puke," to borrow a term from the...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Oct. 4, 2013
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Art in the Parking Lot

On Saturday, October 5, about 10:00 A.M. I'll start rolling in the parking lot near the basketball courts in San Ramon's Central Park, off Bollinger Canyon Road...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Oct. 2, 2013
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Roll 'Em

Art In the Park is near; the annual event takes place in San Ramon's Central Park the weekend of October 5-6, at the corner of Bollinger Canyon Road and Alcosta...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 25, 2013
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Car'z Longa, Ars Brevis

What do Times Square and the Carquinez Scenic Drive Trail have in common? The former has been Disneyfied, and the latter is about to be. A fairly well-kept secret,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jun. 17, 2013
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