The Bothwell Arts Center is launching “What do the Arts Mean to Me?” a collaborative art sculpture project open to the entire community that will result in the creation of two works to be displayed at the Bankhead Theater. Two Kinetic Mobiles, similar in aesthetic to the works of Alexander Calder, will be suspended in the two open areas above the Bankhead lobby, visible from both floors. Community members of all ages are invited to contribute their ideas, drawings, cutouts, and materials to the project. These will be given to professional mobile sculptor Kevin Reese, who will then lead workshops to actually sculpt the parts to create the final artworks.
An actor and visual artist, Reese collaborates with schools and communities to create high-flying mobiles and swirling stabiles. Since 2001, he has worked throughout the US with thousands of children and adults to build over 90 “moving” pieces of public art, from indoor mobiles to outdoor sculpture, through his residency projects. According to his website, this will be his first such installation in California. For more information about his methods and background, visit the website at schoolsculptures.com
The first chance to participate in the creative design process will be at the Bothwell’s First Annual Art Expo on June 12, 2016. Visitors are welcome to choose from a variety of materials to express their ideas and suggestions. The event will be held at 2466 Eighth Street, Livermore, from 10:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission to Art Expo is $10, children under 12 are free.
A second chance to get creative will be at Art on the Green on June 14, 2016, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Held in conjunction with this year’s first Evening on the Green concert, Art on the Green will feature works by local artists displayed on the Shea Homes Plaza in front of the Bankhead Theater at 2400 First Street, Livermore. The event is free of charge.
The actual creation of the “What do the Arts Mean to Me?” kinetic sculptures will take place the week after Labor Day at the Bothwell Arts Center. Free afternoon and evening workshops will be offered and people of all ages are welcome to participate. Workshops will be listed on the Bothwell website and announced in the newsletter available by signing up online: www.bothwell.lvpac.org.
The Bothwell Arts Center and Downtown Arts Studios, as well as the Bankhead Theater, are operated by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Offering wide-ranging programs that provide access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond, the three facilities are home to nine resident performing arts companies and over 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors.