Uncle CREDIT UNION ART GALLERY

Enriching Human Experience through the Arts

The UNCLE Credit Union Art Gallery at the Bankhead Theater is a contemporary and modern art gallery, utilizing the walls of the lobby of the Bankhead Theater. The gallery specializes in showcasing a diverse range of artists and the arts, curated exhibitions, and special projects of various art collectives from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Proceeds from the UNCLE Credit Union Art Gallery supports the art exhibit and visual arts programming at the Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center, part of the independent, non-profit Livermore Valley Arts.

Violins of Hope

January 31 — February 12, 2023
UNCLE Credit Union Art Gallery
Special Extended Hours!
Daily, 11 am — 6 pm
Free & Open to the Public

Powerful, internationally-recognized exhibit of violins, violas and cellos collected from World War II that were owned and played by Jews before and during the war. Exhibit and concert in collaboration with the East Bay Holocaust Education Center and the Livermore-Amador Symphony.

Docents will be at the exhibit Monday-Thursday from 11am-1pm and Friday-Sunday from 4pm-6pm.

Special Gallery Talks:

Friday, Feb 3 & Wednesday, Feb 8, 4 pm – 5 pm
Violins of Hope Lecture in the Gallery by Avshalom (Avshi) Weinstein 

Amnon Weinstein has spent the last two decades locating & restoring violins that were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Amnon dedicates this important work to 400 relatives he never knew. These grandparents, uncles, aunts, & cousins stayed behind in Eastern Europe after Amnon’s parents, Moshe and Golda, immigrated in 1938 to Palestine, where Moshe opened a violin shop. After the war, Moshe learned that his entire family—400 in all—had been murdered during the Holocaust. Amnon maintains his violin workshop in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Amnon’s son, Avshalom, began working with his father in 1998 as a violin-maker and restorer of violins, violas, and cellos of the highest level. Avshalom is trained in the tradition of the Italian Cremonese School of violin-makers & the French school of restoration. Avshalom opened his own workshop in Istanbul in 2009, where he continues the family tradition.

Monday, Feb 6, 11 am
Gallery talk by Rachelle Blaine, on her mother Joyce Venderveen’s violin.
Rachelle Blaine is the daughter of Joyce Vanderveen, now deceased, and one of the owners of the Violins of Hope. Joyce was a childhood friend of Anne Frank, and Rachelle will be showing a video of Joyce telling the story of knowing Anne Frank, and how her own family managed to get out of Amsterdam before the country locked down. Joyce was an accomplished violinist and took her valuable instrument with her when the family managed to get to America. Joyce went on in life to become a prima ballerina and Hollywood actress. She donated her violin in her later years after learning of the Violins of Hope project.

Free & Open to the Public

COMING NEXT:
Bay Area Figurative Exhibit: Emerging from Abstraction

February 14 — April 23, 2023
UNCLE Credit Union Art Gallery
Thursdays — Sundays, 1 pm — 5 pm
Free & Open to the Public

An exhibition that highlights the significance of the Bay Area Figurative Movement. This Movement is considered the first significant North-American art movement to be based on the West Coast: Around the 1950’s, painters from the Bay Area started creating works that were moving away from Abstract Expressionism and reintroducing recognizable subject matter into their painting. Often times, the subjects were figurative and usually painted with the beautiful strong light for which Northern California is known. A second generation of Bay Area Figurative artists emerged following the 1950’s, and the style continues with some artists today. 

On display will be artwork from Jerome Carlin (1927-2014) who painted in the Berkeley area starting in the 1970’s. His figurative works embody the Bay Area Figurative style through the use of color and loose representation. Also on display will be works from Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021), beloved Bay Area poet, painter, social activist, and co-founder of City Lights, and a well-known local artist, Oneida Stowe (1944-2005).  Stowe was an accomplished Livermore artist and educator who taught art classes at Las Positas College for 15 years. The exhibit will showcase a number of contemporary artists working in the unique style of Bay Area Figurative.

Free & Open to the Public

Coming to the UNCLE Credit Union Art Gallery

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Livermore Valley Arts

Ferment: A Fermented and Distilled-Themed Juried Art Exhibit

Aug 4—Oct 2, 2022

Celebrating the beauty of vines, hops, and fermented drinks. Reception: Saturday, Aug 6 reception 1-3:30 featuring tastings from area wineries and brewers.

Shape, Form, and Color: Modern Expressionism

Oct 5—Dec 4, 2022

An exhibit around the depth and expanse of Surrealism, featuring works by Alexander Calder and       Joan Miro.

Off the Wall and Under the Tree

Dec 8, 2022 – Jan 8, 2023

Small artworks for purchase for you to take “off the wall’ and put under the tree. 

Beauty and Terror

Jan 12 – Jan 29, 2023

This 18 piece series by Robin Bernstein,  is an example of how people will behave under set conditions. Many of these particular pieces refer to lesser-known  Holocaust crimes as well as redemptive stories and heroic acts of resistance. 

Violins of Hope

Jan 30 – Feb 13, 2023

 Powerful, internationally-recognized exhibit of violins, violas and cellos collected from World War II that were owned and played by Jews before and during the war. Exhibit and concert in collaboration with the East Bay Holocaust Education Center and the Livermore-Amador Symphony.

Bay Area Figurative Exhibit

Feb 14 – Apr 23, 2023

A retrospective of the Bay Area Figurative movement and its influence today.

It's Only Rock n' Roll (But I Like It)

Apr 25 – Jul 9, 2023

An exhibit showcasing the art of rock n’roll, featuring guitars, album covers, photography and more.

 

Buying or Renting Art

Please contact us directly at gallery@livermorearts.org or visit the Bankhead Art Gallery for art that can be purchased or rented for your office, corporate building or business spaces. 

Our Team

Directory

Executive Director
Chris Carter
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Director of Finance and Administration
Reanna Bradford
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Director of Marketing
Ruth Egherman
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Director of Operations
Eric Johnson
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Production Manager
Gary Brunclik
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Assistant Production Manager
Rachel Anderson
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Front of House Supervising Manager/Volunteer Coordinator
Carol Edwards
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Facility Manager and IT Coordinator
Julio Gomez
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Box Office Manager
Debra Olson
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Visual Arts & Education Manager
Anne Giancola
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Development Manager
Brittany Mulgrew
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Front of House Supervising Manager/Volunteer Coordinator
Bernice LaRosa
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Programs Coordinator
Treg Van Dyke
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Marketing Manager
Andrew Kracht
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Social Media Manager
Allie Lopiano-Hastey
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Food and Beverage Manager
Ann Rice
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Development Assistant
Tracy Sahn
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Visitor Center Supervisor
Susan Miller
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RESIDENT COMPANIES

Get to Know Our Resident Companies

Home to ten Resident Companies with over 270 combined years of artistic experience, the Bankhead Theater’s state-of-the-art facilities enable these organizations to grow artistically and institutionally, develop audiences and collaborate on key projects while maintaining their respective missions and identities.

Cantabella Children’s Chorus

Cantabella Children’s Chorus is a non-profit organization located in the Livermore Tri-Valley. CCC strives to foster and promote the appreciation of choral music in the community through performances at various local corporate and civic functions and churches but above all to have fun.

Del Valle Fine Arts

Del Valle Fine Arts has been presenting outstanding classical music concerts in Livermore for over 35 years. This highly-regarded series offers dazzling performances by acclaimed professional chamber music groups and soloists from throughout North America and beyond. A particular objective of DVFA is to introduce young persons to the appreciation of fine music. To that end, children are admitted free to its concerts, and full-time students above high school can procure tickets at a special reduced price.

Livermore-Amador Symphony

Livermore-Amador Symphony – The symphony offers four concerts a year, as well as a Pops fundraiser. Symphony Guild – If you enjoy LAS concerts, join like-minded people of the Symphony Guild and support this community orchestra! Guild members encourage interest in the symphony and sponsor fund-raising activities. The Livermore-Amador Symphony has received funding from: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, City of Livermore Commission for the Arts, City of Livermore Tourism and Special Event Fund, Livermore Cultural Arts Council, Clorox Company Technical Center-Pleasanton, Target and Livermore Rotary.

Livermore Valley Opera

Livermore Valley Opera combines the talents and expertise of professional music, stage and chorus directors, principal singers, musicians, and designers with the dedication and practical abilities of a volunteer board, adult chorus, stage crew, props master, stitchers, and set builders. Each fall and spring, LVO presents locally produced, fully staged operas with orchestra. Additionally, LVO presents special concerts, events and fundraisers in the winter and “Opera in the Vineyard” in the summer. LVO promotes local talent and attracts outstanding Bay Area singers, directors and conductors.

Pacific Chamber Orchestra

The Pacific Chamber Orchestra (PCO) is a 40 piece symphony orchestra composed of professional musicians from throughout the Bay Area. It was founded over 20 years ago by its talented conductor and musical director, Lawrence Kohl. The orchestra combines the precision of a small ensemble with surprising dynamic range and power. PCO is notable for innovative and insightful interpretations of music of all eras.

Rae Dorough Speaker Series

The Rae Dorough Speaker Series features leading thinkers in science, literature and the arts who discuss topical issues of particular interest to the Livermore community in the intimacy of the Bankhead Theater.

Sycamore Strings Academy / Bothwell Arts Center

The Sycamore Strings Academy (formerly Suzuki Strings Academy) carries on a tradition from 1984 of quality music education in the Tri-Valley area. The Academy includes certified Suzuki instruction on string instruments, licensed Kindermusik classes and a popular guitar program. Students perform across the region in year-round concert series.

Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre

Formerly Pleasanton Playhouse, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre presents a variety of audience-pleasing musical theater. As a non-profit, volunteer regional arts organization, we continue our mission to provide affordable quality theatre, training and cultural experiences, with a focus on children and family participation.

Valley Concert Chorale

The Valley Concert Chorale is a chorus of about 40 singers, many of whom live in the Tri-Valley area, including Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and Danville. VCC’s director is John Bush and featured pianist is Daniel Glover. If you would like to sing with VCC, why not arrange for an audition? You can audition at any time, and then join the chorus at the beginning of the next quarter.

Valley Dance Theatre

Valley Dance Theatre is a non-profit organization committed to providing exceptional dance instruction and productions to the Tri-Valley Area. Their focus is in classical ballet and modern dance. Each year they present a full-length Nutcracker with a live orchestra, and a Spring show with varying themes.

accessibility at the bankhead

Accessibility

TICKETS
Wheelchair accessible seats cannot be purchased online. You must call our Ticket Office in advance at 925.373.6800 for seating and to ensure your needs are thoroughly met.

DROP OFF/PICK-UP
There is a drop-off/pick-up area located on Railroad Avenue, on the right side of the street, before you reach the stoplight to enter the parking garage.

PARKING
Handicapped-reserved spaces are located on the lower level of the Livermore Valley Center parking garage.

SEATING
An elevator is located on the West end of the main lobby.

LISTENING DEVICES
Assistive listening devices are available free of charge from the House Manager’s Office in the lobby. Please let us know when purchasing your ticket of your special needs.

RESTROOMS
Fully accessible restrooms are located in the main lobby and in the upper lobby.

Support the Arts

Inscribed Pavers

Dedicate one of the decorative paver blocks that frame and define the entry from the Livermore Valley Plaza to the Bankhead Theater. Each size allows you to personalize your dedication and/or message. Once you’ve placed your order we’ll contact you to help you choose the exact message for the paver you’d like to donate.

LOGO & BRICK ART
Permanently commemorate a company or brand, feature your family crest or create your own custom design while supporting the arts with an engraved logo or artistic brick. The image will be etched in black on a sand-colored paver (6×12 or 12×12) or light gray granite tile (24×24). They are visible to thousands of people each year attending a variety of events and performances on the Livermore Valley Plaza and in the Bankhead Theater.

24″ x 24″ – Madden Family Courtyard – $1,500
12″ x 12″ – Livermore Valley Plaza $1,000
Logo Art Brick – Livermore Valley Plaza $500
6″ x 12″ – Livermore Valley Plaza $375
6″ x 9″ – Livermore Valley Plaza $150


PERSONALIZED SEATS
Seat donations will be recognized by a commemorative medallion on your chosen chair in the Bankhead Theater as well as on the Donor Wall in the Lobby.

Grand Tier Seats $5,000
Central Tier Seats $2,500
Upper Tier Seats $1,000

Please note: donating a personalized seat does not guarantee the right to sit in that seat for a given performance.

Leave a Legacy

With a legacy gift to Livermore Valley Arts, you can be sure your charitable intentions will be realized while achieving the most favorable income tax benefits available. We are happy to meet with you to talk about your intentions and situation. However, we strongly recommend you consult with your estate planning professional or tax advisor to fulfill your goals for your financial portfolio and tax needs.

Making a legacy gift to the Center also qualifies you to join the Legacy Society, a group of philanthropic and pioneering members who share a strong bond with LVPAC and a desire to ensure a meaningful, lasting home for the arts in Livermore Valley.

If you have already included LVA in your plans (or if you intend to), please let us know. Contact Chris Carter, Executive Director, at [email protected] or call (925) 583-2311.

We accept a range of planned giving options:

In Your Will
The simplest way to leave a planned gift is to make a bequest including specific language in your will or living trust naming LVA as the recipient. The following is an example of suggested language to include in your will/trust:

“I give and bequeath to the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, a California non-profit corporation, located at 2400 First Street, Livermore, CA 94550, the sum of $____, or ______% of my estate, to be used for the accomplishment of its general purpose (or for a specific purpose as indicated).”

Charitable Gift Annuities
A charitable gift annuity (CGA) is the easiest way to create dependable income for life and help the Center. Please note that LVA does not administer CGAs but can recommend an administrator.

Charitable Trusts
A Charitable Remainder Trust or Charitable Lead Trust allows you to receive an estate or gift tax deduction and create a source of income for you or your loved ones while supporting the Center. Please note that LVA does not administer these trusts but can recommend an administrator.

Real Estate/Appreciated Assets
A variety of assets can be donated such as real estate, appreciated securities, and tangible personal property such as art or jewelry. Donating appreciated assets can help offset income and capital gains taxes. If you are contemplating gifting an investment property or a vacation home, a gift of real estate offers an excellent option for tax-wise giving. You can also include the Center as a beneficiary of real estate or appreciated assets in your will. Please be aware that as part of our gift acceptance policy, all gifts of real estate, appreciated assets and tangible personal property are examined on a case-by-case basis.

Retirement Plan Donations or Life Insurance Policies
You can name Livermore Valley Arts as the beneficiary of your IRA, 401k or 403b retirement plan or life insurance policy. This is a simple, effective way to support the arts while reducing or eliminating significant, often unanticipated tax penalties.