Art on the Hinge

The City of Pleasanton invites you to view, Art on the Hinge, a Community Showcase of decorated doors, windows, and garages.   

  “The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” Neil Gaiman

Tell us about the process and materials your family used for your creation? 
Jill always thought it was funny we lived on Gatetree Circle, when she had never heard of that species. So she wrote a story about the Gatetree, then used existing materials around the house to bring it to life. We made the gate out of left over boards from a pergola. Jill hand painted the metal and clay flowers and leaves and cut up some material for other leaves. The only things we purchased were the purple paint, the frames for the story and 8 small metal fairies. There are also a few hand painted, “hidden” fairies on the gate. 
What is a recipe you want to share to make at home? 
Arroz con picadillo. 
(rice with ground beef. This is a Cuban dish and easy to make) 
 Dice and sauté one onion in a pan with a tbsp. of oil. Add one pound of ground beef. Cook until done, then drain fat. Add 1-1 ½ cans of a 16oz can of plain tomato sauce. Rinse out can with white wine and add to the pan. Salt and pepper to taste and let simmer for 20 minutes. If your family is adventurous, add chopped green olives with pimientos (10-12),  ½-3/4 c  of sliced almonds and ½ c of raisins. Serve over rice. 

How did you come up with the subject matter for your creation? What’s your inspiration?
I started writing down phrases and words of encouragement that I heard on the news or read about during the early stages of shelter in place. I wanted to share some of these words with my neighbors and passersby in hopes that it might cheer them up or make them feel less separated and more like we are all thinking and feeling some of these things during these unprecedented times.My design inspiration came from the Usborne books that I read to my little girl,Gabby (20 months). The books are filled with beautiful and colorful trees,butterflies, ladybugs, ants, bumble bees, and lots of flowers. I hope the postersomewhat reflects the beauty of these books.
How are you keeping connected with family and friends during the shelter in place order?
We make cards and draw pictures that my daughter makes to give to our neighbors and loved ones, as well as we make surprise calls with friends and family we have not seen in a long time.
Tell us about the process and materials your family used for your creation? 
We used tissue papers, foams to decorate the door 
Why do you love being a part of the Pleasanton community? 
Pleasanton community is a safe, interactive, and happy city. The Pleasantonians are very friendly, and we all look out for each other.  
Tell us about the process and materials your family used for your creation?
We were excited to receive the mail about this art project, which we wanted to spend time together, work together, to cheer up the community with something we could.First we searched and found the idea of keeping the US Flag and also some rainbow colors and adding on to the idea of why not rainbow bunting banners all over the garage.
How did you come up with the subject matter for your creation? What’s your inspiration?
To show our love and little encouragement to all the essential workers. Rainbows bring there’s always a bright sky ahead. It also brings happiness and joy and peace.We always loved Downtown Pleasanton. So we created the rainbow colors on downtown sign .Honoring all the workers in the Frontline we created the United States flag colored Wreath.Rainbow bunting to bring the smile.
How did you come up with the subject matter for your creation? What’s your inspiration?
Started as a geometry assignment – 16 square foot creation. Blake was so happy with it that it’s continued to grow and grow. Now it is roughly 134 square feet and still growing! He’s done a section 9 different days and has invested roughly 20 hours to date. He’s received so many compliments from neighbors walking by as he continues to add to his masterpiece. Great opportunity for quick neighborly, distant interaction and provides a growing, beautiful work of art for everyone passing by to enjoy. While not technically “art on a hinge,” it absolutely captures the spirit of the challenge and we felt it was worthy to submit and to be included/shared with the community. The picture below is the first square (school assignment) and the picture above is what its grown into today.
Tell us about the process and materials your family used for your creation?
Ruby came up with the idea – using things we had at home – tape and colored construction paper. And then lots of team work cutting and taping.