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Diablo Valley Abstractions

Uploaded: Oct 4, 2022
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 as a visual-arts exhibition space. Library art coordinator Kasia Kessler was hired to mount the current show, “Abstract Reasoning,” to run to the end of first semester.

“The library requested that I come up with an exhibition idea,” explains Kessler, “so I devised this idea,” after meeting with Pat Calabro a member of the Concord Art Association. Calabro helped her develop the abstract theme and suggested involving Carl Heywood, founder of the Global Art Project. t. Also participating in the exhibit is Studio 55 Martinez.
Featuring the work of artists from these groups, “Abstract Reasoning” is—as the name suggests—primarily a showplace for the work of abstract artists. Of local interest is the
inclusion of works by Danville artist Kathy Wills. Wills is one of three guest artists—the others being Vivian Hart and me, admitted at the last minute to help fill wall space.

The show is presented in conjunction with the Concord Art Association, founded in Concord, MA, in 1917.. A Concord, CA, branch was established in 1963.

The Concord, CA, branch has another connection to the college. The group has been offering four $500 scholarships for DVC art students, on an annual basis.

Dates for the show at the library are August 22-December 10. The library is open to the public from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Monday-Thursday. A reception will be held on December 3, from 2:00 to 5:00 in the library. More information on the show will be forthcoming in Art Space.


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