November 2015 General Meeting – Art Center

Our second meeting of the year took the Art Alliance to a place that for many almost feels like a home away from home–as well it should –as the PAA has been supporting the college and its gallery for decades.   Following our business meeting, Steven Nowlin, director of the Williamson gallery and long-time friend, introduced us to Ann Field, the …

Education in LA Trip to Descanso

On a crisp clear November day, Descanso Gardens was beckoning. It was certainly our pleasure to have John O’Brien and David Brown lead us on a tour of the new exhibit Oasis with works among the trees and camellias, as well as in the Haaga Gallery at the top of the hill. The exhibition Oasis presents through artists’ and poets’ …

Education in LA Trip – October

Pasadena is a lovely town, but as we all know – sometimes it is really refreshing to explore other parts of Los Angeles.  The October Education in LA excursion to Art & Practice and The Underground Museum fit the bill perfectly!  Both establishments are hidden in plain sight in the nearby Crenshaw/West Adams district of Los Angeles. Founded by artist …

October General Meeting – USC Pacific Asia Museum

The first general meeting took us to the USC Pacific Asia Museum on October 1st to see Reshaping Tradition: Contemporary Ceramics from East Asia.  The exhibit traces some of the most innovative and extraordinary developments that have re-shaped ceramic practice, through works by seven prestigious artists: Ai Weiwei (China), Ah Xian (China), Ik-Joong Kang (Korea), Bui Cong Khanh (Vietnam), Liu …

Education in LA trip to Wiengard Gallery at Occidental College

On September 28, 2015 we toured Heather Rasmussen: Sculptures, photographs and movement, an exhibition of new work by the Los Angeles based artist, with Aandrea Stang, gallery director and exhibition organizer. We were delighted when Heather herself joined us and charmed us with stories of the whys and hows of the creation of her interesting work, in which the artist plays …

Diamond Jubilee Luncheon

Celebrating Sixty Years of Dazzling Success On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, a sold out crowd of 120 Art Alliance members gathered at The Valley Hunt Club for an afternoon of good cheer, delightful camaraderie, a delectable luncheon, and just plain fun.   The recollections of the past took many forms:  a list (partial, of course!) of our 60 years’ worth …

St. Malo Board Retreat, 2015

Board members gathered in St. Malo, CA in early September to discuss the upcoming year’s plans.  This has been an annual tradition for 30+ years.  Enormous thanks to Mary Alexander for planning another spectacular retreat and for hosting overnight guests in her new St. Malo house. Huge thanks also to Allison Alanis, who hosted our Wednesday dinner, Thursday Board meeting, …

Annual Meeting, 2015

Hannah Kully’s lush garden was the perfect setting for our 2015 Annual meeting where we toasted our incredible success for the year, honored our “Gems” and said a very hearty thank you to Patsy Pinney for her incredible leadership for the past two years.  We heard from Connie Butler,  now the Chief Curator at The Hammer Museum, who among other things …

Sleepless in Seattle…Encore, Encore

For five ACTION packed days, twenty-three PAA members delved into all that makes Seattle, Seattle: the food, the weather, Dale Chihuly, the ferries, the water, the artists, the collectors, more Chihuly, the museums, the bridges and oh, did we mention shopping??  Led by Trip Planner Extraordinaire Anita Garnier and two irreplaceable Seattle-ites: our bus driver, Becky and art consultant, Margery, …