Welcome to the Diane Levy Memorial Exhibition

Private Opening Reception: June 5

Exhibition: June 11 – June 25

Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays 11-2

All Proceeds to Arts for Oakland Kids

Purchased paintings can be picked up on the last day of the exhibit, Sunday, June 26 between 11:00am and 2:00pm, or on Wednesday, June 29 between 1:00pm and 3:00pm at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. If you are unable to pick up art on these days, please contact Eve Haight at (415) 760-3084 to arrange a pick up in San Francisco.

About Diane Levy

Diane (Andy) Levy’s fluid lines and bold use of color can be appreciated in her renditions of still lifes, children, friends, studio models and fanciful depictions of musicians, dancers, and figures derived from dreams. Her paintings as well as her line drawings in ink, ink wash, and pastel evoke comparisons with  Chagall, Matisse, and Picasso.

Her early paintings reflect the influence of her studies at UC  Berkeley, where her teacher was the renowned painter Margaret O’Hagan Peterson, whose work was informed by the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest and her studies with Hans Hofmann.

As Andy developed as an artist, her work became less abstract and more representational, her subjects were often imagined or based on quick sketches of people she observed in cafes or on the street. While many of the still lifes were made in her middle years, the more imaginative paintings in this collection were made towards the end of her life.

During Andy’s lifetime, her work was exhibited in Bay Area cafes and galleries and was lauded by other contemporary artists. Her reputation as a painter was enhanced by her role as an arts educator.

The value of owning one of these paintings lies in its aesthetic merit as well as in its association with a woman dedicated to bringing art to children. In the 1960s, in conjunction with the Peter Maurin House, Andy established a storefront child art studio in West Oakland where children came to paint and use other art materials free of charge. In the early 1970s, she founded the San Francisco Children’s Art Center, still in operation today at Fort Mason and now serving more than 600 children in San Francisco each year, both in Head Start preschools and in the San Francisco Unified School District.

About Arts for Oakland Kids

Arts for Oakland Kids (AOK), is a 25-year-old, 501(c)(3) Arts Justice fund. AOK provides community-funded grants to teaching artists and arts organizations for hands-on arts education programs in Oakland’s most under-resourced public schools. 
 
AOK’s Arts Justice work is built on the belief that access to arts education shouldn’t be based on wealth, race, or zipcode. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts in the 1990s, Oakland students have two-tiered access to arts education. 20% of Oakland’s public school students receive arts education 3-5 times per week in multiple art forms; these students are predominantly white. The other 80% have minimal or no arts education and are almost entirely students of color. Arts Justice will be achieved when all Oakland public school students are receiving the benefits of a consistent, world-class arts education.
 
AOK works to address this inequity with targeted grants to teaching artists and arts organizations to provide hands-on, in-school, weekly programs. One of the ways that we raise funds for these grants is by holding quarterly, online art auctions. All proceeds from this exhibition will directly fund grants.

All Proceeds Will Fund Arts Education Grants for Oakland Kids

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