Closing Art Reception at Art and Wine Intertwined
Sat, April 27 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Art & Wine Intertwined
The first “Art & Wine Intertwined” for 2019 will be held inside the Gallery at the Bankhead Theater in downtown Livermore on Saturday afternoon, April 27, 2019. Casual wine tasting will include local offerings from McGrail, Retzlaff, and Charles R.Vineyards, as well as Longevity Winery. Light appetizers will be served and live music during the event will be provided by Andrew Mathers and Wombo Combo.
The event will coincide with the close of two current exhibits at the Gallery at the Bankhead Theater. “Wearable Art” features the work of more than 20 artists from Livermore and beyond and includes coats, jackets, shirts, and accessories, such as scarves, hats, purses, jewelry and more. All of the exhibit pieces will be modeled in a “Walk of the Wearables” runway show beginning at 3:30pm. “Art & Wine Intertwined” is also the last day to view “Shangri-La,” an exhibit of 15 jewel-toned Thangka, the work of artisans from the Tibetan Ganden Sumtseling Monastery in China. On display since early March, just four of the exquisitely detailed Thangkas remain unsold.
The event is free and open to the public. Wine tastings are $2 each or three for $5
Bankhead Theater Gallery Exhibits
More than 35 wearable works of art will fill the Gallery at the Bankhead Theater beginning in March. The exhibit features the work of more than 20 artists from Livermore and beyond and includes coats, jackets, shirts, and accessories, such as scarves, hats, purses, jewelry and more. The “Wearable Art” exhibit is free of charge and open to the public and will run through April 27, 2019.
The exhibit will close on Saturday, April 27 with a “Walk of the Wearables” runway reception from 1:30 – 4:30pm. All the art pieces will be modeled on a runway in the Bankhead lobby. The free event will also include music and refreshments. Many of the unique works on display are available for sale and can be picked up after the show closes.
A spectacular display of Asian art will be exhibited within the Gallery at the Bankhead Theater through April 27. 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
Closing Reception and Runway: Saturday, April 27, 1:30-4:30 pm.
Art comes off the walls for the Runway Walk of the Wearables
Free and open to the public.
Above image: Dragon Coat by Chappell Rose Holt