Seeing that it’s Friday, I thought I’d brighten up the morning with a little non-legal feature on a new neighbor here in the East Bay.

Our Pleasanton office recently changed ownership & is now being managed by US Arts and Design, a professional art institute that also has facilities in Los Angeles.  They’ve recently moved up to Northern California and we couldn’t be happier to get to know them.

The Pleasanton site is run by Omar Morineau, who trained at the Accademia di Belle Arte in Florence, Italy after completing his undergraduate studies with a degree in Fine Art. A couple dozen students, ranging between the ages of 5-18 years old come in for regular programmed instruction.

Omar teaches alongside Hillary Thompson, who earned a Masters in Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University. She loves working with kids and helping them to find a passion in visual arts.

At the younger levels, it’s fun for kids just to learn a few visual arts vocabulary words while building a relationship with creative expression. At that age, High schoolers who attend the programs use the classes as an extra-curricular supplement to art classes at school, or to work on fine-tuning their skills in preparation for college applications. Many universities will request a portfolio of work, and US Art Centers can help build a professional collection that showcases the artist’s talent.

Whatever the age, Omar and Hillary have the technical and interpersonal skills to help young artists grow and find their passion for painting, drawing and design.

Here is some of the great work that’s been created in the US Art Center studios:

We’re sure appreciative of Omar and Hillary, and wish them the best of luck in the space! If you’re interested in lessons for yourself or a friend, head to their website to register for classes!


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Andy Gillin

Andy Gillin received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of Chicago. He is the managing partner of GJEL Accident Attorneys and has written and lectured in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury law for numerous organizations. Andy is a highly recognized wrongful death lawyer in California.