Colorful artwork displaying iconic Livermore scenes painted by local artists are paired with historic black and white photos from the Livermore Heritage Guild archives in an exhibit now on display at the Livermore Library Civic Center Branch. Artist Michelle George worked with the Livermore Heritage Guild and the Livermore Art Association to create the exhibit.
“It has been so much fun to think about the scenes and buildings that make Livermore the exciting place that it is today, and pair them with scenes from our rich history,” George said. “Many of Livermore’s buildings and sites have been renovated from bygone eras, such as Blacksmith Square, the Schenone Building, Ravenswood, and Livermore High. It is fascinating to see them in their former glory from decades ago in the photos, and compare with what they look like today as represented in colorful artwork.”
Local artists participating in the show include Karen Barry, Karen Fleschler, Michelle George, Sherri Kelcourse, Sharon Lanham, Ruth Li, Judy Rice, Nancy Roberts, Steve Rossi, and Pat Wai. Media includes oil, acrylic, watercolor, and linocut. Loretta Kaskey of the Livermore Heritage Guild was instrumental in locating historic photos to pair with their artwork for the exhibit.
The idea for the exhibit came from George’s individual paintings of the historic homes on the block-long Trevarno Road two years ago.
“I was attracted to the craftsman-style architecture and park-like setting,” George said, “but once I began painting on site, I got to know many of the residents and heard stories of their history and the history of the neighborhood.
“I discovered it was one of only three remaining historic ‘company town’ neighborhoods in the whole state, and had an interesting history that spans more than a century,” she added. “I began to realize that Livermore has a rich history that needs to be recognized and shared.”
“Livermore Then and Now” will be on display throughout March. George will also give a talk, “Turning Back Time, the Story of Trevarno Road,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, at the library. The presentation is free.