Hand painted Mandala Tibetan Thangka Paintings in the Founders Room at the Bankhead Theater Gallery
March 6 – April 27
Opening Reception March 23, 1-3pm
Closing Reception April 27, 1:30-4:30pm
A spectacular display of Asian art will be exhibited within the Gallery at the Bankhead Theater for the next two months. Mounted in the Founder’s Room off the lobby, “Shangri-La” will include 15 hand-painted Thangka from Tibet. Curated by the Bothwell Arts Center and coordinated by Laihao Jiang, the exhibit is unique showcase of the exquisitely detailed work of artisans from Ganden Sumtseling Monastery. The exhibit opens March 6, 2019 in conjunction with the new “Wearable Art” exhibit in the Gallery.
According to local artist Laihao Jiang, Thangka are representative of the spiritual traditions of generations after generations of the people of Tibet. The wisdom and teachings of the Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama, have deeply influenced the evolution of Asian civilizations over the past 2,500 years. Buddhism has played an important role in cultivating values and beliefs, fields of language and literature, development of art, and various aspects of our everyday life.
Preservation of the traditional Tibetan art of painting Thangkas can be traced back to as early as the Songtsen Gampo period (b.604AD). All Thangka have a Buddhism theme with content that includes such subjects as images of deities and Buddhas, historical events, and depictions of mandala (imaginary places used during meditation). Typically cotton canvases are painted with rare minerals such as gold, silver, pearl, agate, turquoise, malachite, cinnabar, and precious plant extracts such as saffron, rhubarb, and indigo. The artists must fulfill the spiritual practice requirement and follow sacred rules, based on the Sutra of Statue Making in Buddhism. “These ritualistic functions and methods of Thangka painting help bring the spiritual realm and significance to the material world, just like rain after a long drought,” said Jiang.
The collection on display at the Bankhead comes from Shangri-La, a place that was sought after for close to a century. Located in Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Yunan Province, Jiang says it is the harmonious paradise as described in fiction and carries on the authentic lineage of Thangka painting. “We were honored Tenzin Lama from the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery was consultant on the exhibit,” added Jiang. “We hope these Thangkas will help visitors experience the energy accumulated through thousands of years from this pure land.“ Each piece in the collection is priced and represents a unique opportunity to purchase a handpainted Thangka.
Coordinated by: Laihao Jiang, Leyan Li, and Zhenghui Hu
Consultant: Tenzin Lama
SPRING BREAK ART at the Bothwell is inspiring and creative! Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Spring Break will be filled with fun, interesting and creative art. Three age groups are offered: 4-6 year olds, 7-10 year olds and 11-18 year olds. Find out more!
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center presents a call for art with a figurative theme. Please note that nudes will not be accepted due to the nature of the public venue. Abstract, representational, realistic or anything in between will be considered. This exhibit is produced by the Bothwell Arts Center and the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center (LVPAC). Participants are invited to submit works on canvas, wood panel, metal, etc. in any 2-or 3 dimensional medium that is suitable for hanging. Work will be juried by LVPAC and will be accepted upon demonstration of originality, interpretation, quality, demonstration of ability, and use of medium.
Pay registration here
The East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars presents a concert at the Bothwell Arts Center on Sunday, March 11 at 7 pm. The East Bay Jazz Group is made up of more than 20 exceptionally talented high school musicians from throughout the East Bay. Sponsored by Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center’s educational outreach program, East Bay Jazz is the brainchild of local trombonist, composer and teacher Spencer Sussman.
A Sparkling Night of Stars! “Golden Age of Hollywood Party” Fundraising Event for Bothwell Arts Center
Dress like the star you were born to be for the Golden Age of Hollywood Party at the Bothwell. On February 2nd, a sparking celebration of one of the most glamorous eras in California and the world will fill the Bothwell Arts Center. Make a grand entrance and walk along the Sunset Strip, visit sights such as Grumann’s Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame, and the Capitol Records Building, before learning your future from the “Psychic to Stars.” Live music by the Golden Age Orchestra led by Matt Finders and featuring renowned vocalist Karen Marguth will entice dancers out onto the floor, and MUCH MORE!
Jan 26 2-4 pm
Only $10 (tickets at lvpac.org or at the door)
or Free with purchase of Golden Age of Hollywood tickets
Taught by instructor for the Mark Ballas Dance of Pleasanton( Markballasdance.com)
A Winter’s Tale: Art Exhibit at the Bankhead Theater Gallery
Cold, snow, ice, frost, bare trees, a warm fire in the fireplace, snuggling inside against the cold…. this is the story of Winter.
• Exhibit Dates: January 10—March 5, 2019
• Pick-up date: Tuesday March 5, 2019 from 12-1pm
• Opening Reception: Saturday, January 12, 3-5 pm
WINTER BREAK ART at the Bothwell is the perfect creative outlet for the winter break. Multiple fun projects will be created: canvas, paper, drawing, painting and lots more! An artists’ reception will take place on Friday where family and friends are invited to see the works on display, and the artists get gallery experience.
Perfect for the budding artist and the serious art students looking to stretch their depth of knowledge, techniques and portfolio pieces. Fun themes; serious art!
$190 for three full days: Weds, Thurs, Fri January 2, 3, 4, 2019. 10am-4 pm
Ages 6-10 and 11 and up
The Bothwell Arts Center welcomes back the Annual Celtic Christmas Concert and Gathering on December 9, 2018. A spirited community celebration filled with music, food and laughter, the event is a fundraiser for the Bothwell Arts Center and has been held there since 2009. Originally conceived and produced each year by Gabriel “Gabe” Duffin, a folksinger who hails from Belfast, Ireland, the event features Duffin’s band, “Pog Mo Thoin”, joined by talented musicians from around the Bay Area. Acclaimed for their rich Irish ballads and lively Irish folk tunes, the band has also been known to throw in an unexpected rock song, while serving up beloved Christmas melodies with a Celtic flair.
The family-friendly celebration and potluck dinner has become a local tradition, an opportunity to meet and mingle with friends both old and new at the start of the holiday season. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share at the gathering. Cider and tea is offered for free, and wine, beer and Irish whiskey are available for purchase.
The Celtic Christmas Concert and Gathering supports the work of the Bothwell Arts Center, an arts incubator offering artists affordable space to learn, teach and create, as well as providing local arts organizations with rehearsal, event, and small performance space. Located at 2466 Eighth Street, between G and H Streets in downtown Livermore.
Tickets $18 advance Buy tickets here
$23 at the door
Join the Bothwell artists for a Holiday Open Studios on Sunday Dec 2, from 12-4 pm. This is a fun , easy outing: there will be wonderful holiday gifts to choose from, meet the working studio artists, see what’s new at the Bothwell. Create and paint a family-friendly clay ornament to take home - we’ll give you everything you need. Drop in for a visit!
Join us for a one day art camp at the Bothwell on Monday, Nov 19 from 10am-4 pm.
Thanksgiving Break Art at the Bothwell is inspiring and creative. Every day a variety of media will be used: watercolor, acrylic, collage, mixed media, clay, pencil, and more! An artists’ reception will take place on Friday where family and friends are invited to see the works on display. Perfect for the budding artist wanna-bes and the serious art students looking to stretch their depth of knowledge, techniques and portfolio pieces. Ignite your child’s imagination!
$70 Register here
Calling all Early Birds! This is your chance wear your pajamas to shop Downtown Livermore. The Bothwell Arts Center presents arts and fine handcrafts for sale in the lobby of the Bankhead Theater on Saturday, November 19 from 7 am – 11 am, as part of Livermore Downtown, Inc.'s Annual Earlier Than the Bird Event! Shop for unique and original hand made items made by Tri-Valley artists for a one-of-a-kind twist to your holiday gift giving. Pictured here: Jewelry by Donaice Guy
The Livermore Art Association’s Photography Show hosted by The Bankhead will run from November 6 - January 7. The reception will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17th from 1-3pm. There will be a slide show featuring all of the entries to the show. Refreshments will be served. All are invited. The event is free.
“Navajo Pathway” by Allyn Saroyan
Call for artists and fine hand crafters: Registration open for the Livermore Lions Club Holiday Boutique at the Bothwell on Sat Nov 3 from 9am-5 pm. The Bothwell is filled for the day with unique art and fine handcrafts. Come be a part of this day filled with holiday cheer. All indoors; tables and chairs provided. Lions Food Truck will be present for breakfast crepes until 11am and lunch purchases. Fun day of sales! Registration here
The Art of Drama at the Bankhead Theater Gallery
SUMMER ART at the Bothwell is sure to be your child’s summer highlight! These crazy creative art lessons are taught by professional artists at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore. Summer Art at the Bothwell has three age groups: 4-6 year olds, 7-10 year olds and 11-18 year olds. Each week has a different theme, and many different media will be used: watercolor, acrylic, collage, mixed media, clay, chalk, charcoal, pencil. Multiple fun projects will be created: canvas, paper, sculptures, fabrics, murals, and more! $350 per week.
Three week-long sessions, Mon-Fri 10am - 4 pm
Week 1 / June 18-22
Week 2 / June 25-29
Week 3 / July 30-Aug3
Seen/Hear: A Multicultural Exhibit Celebrating Heritage” at the Bankhead Theater Gallery will showcase works of art representing Native American, Hispanic and African cultures. The new exhibit opens Wednesday, June 27, 2018 and will remain on display for two months, featuring the works of seven artists: John Balloue, Harry Fonseca, Daniel Camacho, Francisco Franco, Fortune Sitole, Wawi Amasha, and Nana-Dictta Graves.
“Seen/Hear” will be on display in the Bankhead Theater Gallery from June 27 through August 27, 2018. The exhibit is free of charge and open to the public. The Gallery, located in the lobby of the Bankhead Theater at 2400 First Street, is open Monday through Wednesday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and by appointment.
Image here by John Balloue, "Mr. Strong".
Thursday, May 17 from 5-8 pm. Art demonstrations and open house at the Bothwell. Light refreshments and wine; open to the public. Stop by and see amazing talent demonstrate live. Pour medium, colored pencil, watercolor, alcohol inks, acrylic, mixed media, encaustic, beading, and much more!
The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is proud to present the photography of Bill Owens, a local photographer who has gained worldwide attention after publishing his first book Suburbia in 1972. The Exhibition is on display May 2 through June 25. There is a reception on Friday evening, May 18 from 7-9 pm. The reception is free of charge and open to the public. Get your Suburbia copy signed by the Bill Owens! Reliving the 1970's at the reception!
Sun. April 29 at 4pm, Bothwell Arts Center
Hear professional Korean storyteller Seung Ah bring adventurous stories for families to the Bothwell during a world tour project. Seung Ah will be telling stories including The Copycat Goblin and the Sun and the Moon. Seung Ah has been traveling the world sharing Korean stories and culture; she visualizes that her stories are the bridge over the world for understanding and peace.
Sponsored by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, this community event is offered at no charge, however a small donation of $5 would be greatly appreciated to help support this and similar events. All ages welcomed and encouraged to attend!
US Air Force Band of the Golden West - Travis Brass Ensemble coming to the Bothwell Arts Center for a Free Concert! Monday April 23, 2018, 7pm
RSVP is required. Click here. Venue: Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th Street, Livermore
Image by Bill Owens
Livemore Art Assoc. & Gallery presents Dr. Robert J. Lang, as seen on NOVA (PBS), TED Talk, CNN and other programs, Dr. Lang will be giving a presentation on his origami and its relationship with science and mathematics at the Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th St, Livermore, on Monday evening 7:30 to 9 pm.. Dr. Lang lectures and exhibits worldwide. Don't miss this opportunity to attend - this event is free to the public.
This presentation is in conjunction with the LAA/PAL monthly meeting and is co-sponsored by the Bothwell Arts Center.
Dr. Lang's work will also be on exhibit at the LAA Gallery (The Carnegie Bldg, 2155 3rd St., Livermore) from April 11 through June 29th. Please stop by the Gallery to view Dr. Lang's origami and artistic works by artists from the valley.
A Little Bit About Dr. Lang: Robert J. Lang has been an avid student of origami for over fifty years and is now recognized as one of the world’s leading masters of the art, with over 700 designs catalogued and diagrammed. He is noted for designs of great detail and realism, and includes in his repertoire some of the most complex origami designs ever created. His work combines aspects of the Western school of mathematical origami design with the Eastern emphasis upon line and form to yield models that are at once distinctive, elegant, and challenging to fold. They have been shown in exhibitions in New York (Museum of Modern Art), Paris (Carrousel du Louvre), Salem (Peabody Essex Museum), San Diego (Mingei Museum of World Folk Art), and Kaga, Japan (Nippon Museum Of Origami), among others.
Kirk Sylvester 3D photography at the Bankhead Theater Gallery. The Founders Room is filled with amazing 3-D photography. Grab a pair of 3-D glasses provided and treat yourself to a feast for the eyes. On display now through April 30.
Artist reception on Saturday March 31st at from 1:00-2:30pm. Wine & light refreshment.
Free and open to the public.