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Opening Reception this Saturday, December 3

Lucille Lorge and Randy Vanderbilt present

200 Years of Castro Valley History

A visual history of Castro Valley from the Ohlone Indians to the present day.

Reception: Saturday, December 3, 1pm-3pm
All are invited!  The event is free and open to the public.
On View December 3, 2016 thru January 7, 2017
from 11am-3pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays

Gallery is closed December 24 and 31.

This engaging exhibition is a visual history of Castro Valley’s history curated by local Castro Valley Historian Lucille Lorge and Randy Vanderbilt. Learn about Castro Valley’s history from the Ohlone Indians to the present day. Learn about the Ohlone Jalquine and Seunen-e, learn about the Gold Rush era, Don Guillermo Castro, “Hayward’s Hotel,” the first Castro Valley schools, the “chicken coop library,” and more. Watch films, aerial footage, and home movies through the decades as we “Cruise the Boulevard through the early days of Castro Valley.” These fifteen minutes of film are selected outtakes of a collection of several hours of film that have been recently discovered and edited together for your enjoyment.


Closing Reception for 39th AAA and a change at the helm


Just added….

Closing Reception for the 39th Area Artists’ Annual Juried Exhibit             

Saturday, November 19, 2016, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

AND Welcome our new Gallery Director, Leah Virsik         

The 39th Area Artists’ Annual Juried Exhibit was a great success with 63 pieces from 45 artists, as selected by Judge, Dan Fontes.

Please join us at our closing reception as we bid farewell to Susan Honda Eady, our gallery director for the past six years.  When we hired her in April of 2010 we knew we were getting an amazing gallery director.  Since then we have enjoyed beautiful (and even some ground breaking) exhibits, and implemented web presence via, facebook and email news.  We will also be welcoming new gallery director Leah Virsik.  Leah comes to us with a M.F.A. from San Francisco State and is a working, exhibiting artist as well as a graphic designer.

Exhibit hours:  11am – 3pm, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Adobe Art Gallery is located at the Adobe Art Canter, 20395 San Miguel Avenue, Castro Valley.    510-881-6735

In December at the Gallery


Lucille Lorge and Randy Vanderbilt present a special event at the Adobe Art Gallery


200 Years of Castro Valley History

December 3, 2016 – Jan 7, 2017

Opening Reception December 3, 2016, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Gallery Hours Thursday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Gallery closed Dec 24 & Dec 31.

The exhibit is also open to guided school group tours. Contact Jean Clark at or 510-888-0117 for more information or to book your trip.


Award Winners – 39th Area Artists’ Annual Juried Exhibit


Awards were announced at the reception on October 8, 2016.  Dan Fontes selected Awards of Merit and Honorable Mentions.

Congratulations Artists!!!

Award of Merit ($150)
Marge Barta Atkins for Matilija Fantasy #2 – watermedia
Dorothy Gantenbein for untitled – archival pigment print
Tammy Landon for Squidbord – mixed media
Jason Oberbeck for Rights vs. Responsibilities – mixed
Lisa Rigge for Three Lilies – hand colored photograph
Gerald Thompson for Death Valley to High Sierra – oil

Honorable Mention
Hollie Adamic for Dahlia – inkjet print
Jon Barber for Fruit – charcoal
Shari Benson for Orca – ceramic
Susan Hersch for Vista Del Mare – pastel
Toby Howard for Spirit Hawk – stain glass
Laura Kenny for Heron Embrace – mounted pigment print
Aphra Pia for Symphony – archival injet print
Aphra Pia for Moment In Time – archival injet print
Lisa Rigge for Pioneer Kitchen Store – color photograph
Ronald Rigge for Aspen Trunks – color photography
Gerald Thompson for Crater Lake – oil
Doyle Wegner for Katrina Blues – acrylic

Mona Froyland Memorial Award ($100) Sponsored by K. Froyland and selected by K. Froyland Representative

Gerald Thompson for Death Valley to High Sierra – oil

39th Area Artists’ Annual Juried Exhibit – Opens 10/8



Exhibit Dates: October 8 – November 19, 2016
Artist Reception and Awards Presentation: Saturday, October 8, 1pm-3pm.
All are invited!  The event is free and open to the public.

Judge, Dan Fontes selected 63 pieces from 145 pieces!  Very challenging, given the number of entries and the overall high quality of the work submitted.

Congratulations artists!!!   Hollie Adamic, Marge Barta Atkins, Jon Barber, Rosa Bazzani, Michael Belew, Shari Benson, Edna Bingham, Dee Bueno, Valerie Caveglia, Atilla Cziglenyi, Patricia Devitt, Don Drake, Allen Fletcher, Jim Fonseca, Dorothy Gantenbein, Susan Hersch, Toby Howard, Kin Hsieh, Laura Kenny, Ellen King, Tammy Landon, Carolyn Lord, Cristina Macaraig, John Mallon, Ann Maloney-Mason, E. Whitfield Morgan, Jason Oberbeck, Aphra Pia, Stevie Ray, Joanne Rickets, John Ries, Kathy Ries, Lisa Rigge, Ronald Rigge, Anthony Rollins, James Sayre, Nan Soldahl, Nancy Starr, Ruey Syrop, Alani Taira, Gerald Thompson, Winifred Thompson, L Renea Turner, Doyle Wegner and Kevin Wright

Dan Fontes produces murals, paintings, photographs and has created dozens of works of public art throughout Northern California. He grew up in Oakland and received an AS (Earth Sciences) from Merritt College and BFA from Cal State Hayward (now Cal State Eastbay).  He is perhaps best known for the “Giraphics” (1983) murals located beneath the 580 freeway at Oakland Avenue and the “Animurals” project (1985) as well as the “Lake Merritt Mural Project” (1987-88) formerly at 27th and Broadway. Two of his murals were gifts to Oakland’s two sister cities Fukuoka, Japan (1992) and Dalian, China (1994) where he taught & conducted papermaking workshops. Fontes, a founder of the non-profit group Renaissance of Papermaking, taught classes in the Oakland public schools and throughout Northern California for many years.  Dan has been longtime volunteer board member of various arts organizations over the years including Renaissance of Papermaking, Pro Arts, Lillian Paley Center for the Visual Arts, the Eastbay Depot for Creative Re-use, Health through Arts-signs of Recovery and most recently the Pacific Pinball Museum of Alameda.  More information at

Exhibit hours:  11am – 3pm, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Adobe Art Gallery is located at the Adobe Art Canter, 20395 San Miguel Avenue, Castro Valley.  It is just north of Castro Valley Blvd, at the end of the

Part Time Employment Openings at the Adobe Art Center


Calling Job Seeking Creatives!

Gallery Director, Adobe Art Center and Lead Ceramicist

Hayward Recreation is a great place to work and create!

F8-The Conversation – ARTIST Talk at 1:30PM, Saturday, 8/20


Artist Talk:  Saturday, August 20 – The Talk will begin at 1:30pm.

Exhibit images courtesy David Hibbard

About the exhibit…

In April 2013, Dorothy Gantenbein started with her photo group comrades of over a decade.  Each day, in prescribed order, one of the nine artists post an image that responds to the previous day’s post.

The Conversation Exhibit brings F8 to the physical world.  A three + year conversation in the language of imagery – of content, form, color, mood and more.

Check out the blog and then see it in print.

In a unique installation, artists  William Bishop, Dorothy Gantenbein, David Hibbard, Susan Honda Eady, Robert A. Kato, Patricia McClung, Katie Parquet, Maude Pervere and Rachel Phillips share their daily conversation.  Through their diverse visual voices, conversation threads appear and disappear – agree and disagree – laugh and cry.

Exhibit run through September 3, 2016.  Exhibit hours:  11am-3pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.  Adobe Art Gallery is located at: 20395 San Miguel Ave, Castro Valley, CA