CREATING ART TOGETHER FOR ALMOST FIFTY YEARS
The Bankhead Theater hosts receptions for the rotating art exhibitions in the Lobby and Founder's Room. These receptions allow you to meet the artists and explore the exhibitions at your leisure.
The exhibit will be on display from November 12 through January 6.
The public is invited to a reception for the artists on Tuesday, November 19 from 6 to 7:30.
Peggy and Alan Frank
On display at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, Margaret (Peggy) Frank’s acrylic and oil landscapes and her husband Alan’s black and white photographs explore the places dear to them. Residing in the Livermore Valley and with family in Colorado and Scotland, Peggy and Alan often use these locations as subjects of their work. Studying trees and rocks, fields and mountains, the artists find infinite variety in the effect of seasons, weather and time of day on the land. True collaborators for almost fifty years, Peggy and Alan critique each other’s work and enjoy joint sketching/photography outings. Peggy often works from Alan’s photographs in the studio and lessons she learned over the years about design and composition were passed along to him. This partnership has made the creation of their art much more satisfying for both artists and has enriched their life together.
Growing up near New York City, Peggy spent her childhood sketching her father’s beautiful garden and the salt marshes of Long Island’s south shore. Early childhood art lessons were influential and provided a model for her future work with children. She studied at the Art Student’s League of New York and New York University where she met Alan. Peggy received her degree in painting and art education at the University of Denver. Her work has been in exhibitions in Colorado and Northern California and is represented in collections around the country. Peggy has been teaching art to young people for over thirty years. After working with the Livermore Association for Guiding and Teaching Students (LAGATS), she founded the Young Artists’ Studio, a program of individualized small group instruction in the visual arts. Held in the artist’s studio, Peggy’s classes focus on drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture and are open to students ages seven and older.
Alan Frank first learned photography from his dad as a kid. Since then he has been largely self taught except for a few lessons from Life magazine photographer Mary Morris and seminars with John Woods, Mark Citret and John Sexton. The construction of a dark room at home allowed his control of the entire photographic process. He prefers black and white because it allows a greater range of expression both in the photographing and printing processes. Only in the last few years has he mastered the digital photographic technologies to the level approaching the capabilities and quality of black and white film.
Alan is a retired physicist from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where, among other things, he had developed equipment and techniques for ultra high speed micro-photography. He is a winner of the Harold Edgerton Award for developments in high speed photography and taught a course on Scientific Photography. He is a native of New York, and with his wife and daughter, has lived in Livermore for nearly 40 years. He is an active musician, a member of and currently president of the Livermore –Amador Symphony and a founder of Livermore Valley Opera. He is also a member of the Livermore Rotary Club.
The Bankhead Theater Art Exhibition program is managed by the Bothwell Arts Center with significant help from Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, Bankhead staff and local volunteers.